Transition season brings hot bites
  |  First Published: May 2016

May can be a tricky month to get your head around because it’s the change of seasons from hot to cold. Some days can be a successful, but some days you’ll go home with nothing but the bites from a mosquito!

Once you work out the water temperature, weather and tides you can start to figure out what the fish are doing. For example, a high tide, morning and overcast warm day can produce a better chance of mangrove jack. Another consideration to make is the lure colour. Make sure it suits the water clarity.

Flathead are still on the bite, although numbers are reducing due to the cooler weather and less signs of bait in various spots. ZMan 2.5” Slim SwimZ in bloodworm have been working well in the dirty water of the run out. Shallow diving hardbodied lures including Lively Lures Assassin, Halco and Lucky Craft are all worth a shot.

Flathead aren’t the only thing that will hit a hardbodied lure either, and jacks, bream and trevally are all partial to a well-presented hardbody.

Natural structure will be worth a shot for jacks at this time of year due to the cooler weather. Fishing right up the creeks of main river systems including the Nerang, Coomera and Logan will be the best option. Look on Google Maps for some likely spots. Look for old dead trees coming from the bank and put many casts around them, getting your lure as close as possible. Logs, mangroves and rock bars are all great structure.

Local Gold Coast canal angler Will Smedley reports that the very southern canal systems like Tallebudgera and Currumbin on the Gold Coast are alive this month. Coming off the end of a very hot jack season, the trevally have kept the action going, which anglers are finding schooled around bridges and pontoons. Small plastics will help find these trevally, and once you have caught one, keep on prospecting the area to create a competition bite among them.

There’s been a few whiting getting around lately, so try using surface walkers and little poppers around 40-50mm. If you’re a bait angler, try bloodworms. Lures work best around the sand flats in the Broadwater around Crab Island and parts of our canal systems.

In the next month we will hopefully see more rain, overcast skies and cooler weather, and with that will bring fish more confident to feed on the surface. This time last year I got into quite a lot of GT in the canals on the run-out tide around 4pm, mainly on the corners and mouths of the canals. Retaining and rock walls worked best.

In conclusion, May is definitely a great month for fishing where you still get a taste of summer species and the winter are starting to come through. Persist and learn from your experiences, because you’ll never stop learning in fishing! See you on the water!

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