Running of the prawns
  |  First Published: March 2016

The fishing during March should see a mixed bag of all our favourite Jumpinpin species on the bite, usually during spectacular weather. The banana prawns should be running along the Main Channel, which stretches from Jacobs Well all the way to Macleay Island.

The trick is to find them using your sounder and then produce cast after cast with your net until you get enough. Remember the bag limit is 10L per person. The Pin is known for an abundance of bream and are probably the easiest of all the Pin species to catch. A light to medium outfit with a running ball sinker to a swivel, and about 60cm mono trace to a 1/0 bait holder hook and you are all set to find the bream. This set up will pretty much catch every other species of fish at the Pin as well; the only thing you have to change is the bait and location to match the particular fish you are chasing.

Try to target structure, as bream are rarely out in open water with no cover. Berley up to improve your chance of getting the fish feeding – when they do the bigger fish move in for an easy meal. The pick of the spots to try this month are along the bottom of Kangaroo Island, along the western side of Short Island, the Stockyards the Powerlines and Little Rocky Point. For lure fishers, neutral coloured vibes, 2.5” grubs and imitation prawns have worked well around these spots as well.

March is a great month to chase whiting on the sand flats along Slipping Sands, Cobby Passage, the Gold Bank, Tipplers Island, Fishermans Channel and out the front of Browns Bay.

The same simple fishing rig applies when fishing for whiting, just change the hook to a No 6 bloodworm hook with worms as bait and you’re good to go. Look for channels with fast moving water that funnels along the banks. The whiting will school facing into the tide, and forage along the bottom. They can’t resist worm or yabbies however; prawns, squid and pipis will all work as well.

Chopper tailor can usually be found out near the bar most of the year. They love chasing schools of whitebait through the bar and can easily be found by keeping an eye out for birds diving and feeding. Try to use lures that mimic whitebait, like small slugs or plastics but beware, tailor have razor sharp teeth and will make short work out of your soft plastics. It’s usually a good idea to use a wire trace or a heavier mono trace about 20lb to avoid being bitten off.

Flathead is responding to bait and lures. They can’t resist live mullet, herring or gar – if you can get your hands on some. Pilchard and whitebait are a favourite as well. Troll shallow diving lures around weed banks or work the edges with plastics to get you a few flatties on your next trip. Try around the top of Crusoe Island, the Stockyards, Oak Island, the mouth of the Logan and the Panndannus weed banks.

Outside the bar there should still be some pelagics hanging about as they move north along the coast to warmer waters. Marlin, mackerel, wahoo, tuna and mahimahi should be available, and you’ll catch most of these near the surface so be sure to keep an eye out for any activity. Keep an eye on the sounder and check for balls of bait and you’ll find the pelagics won’t be too far away.

• Thanks for all your reports and keep those fish coming in. If you’d like any advice or up to date fishing information drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

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