With the cool weather set in, we will say goodbye to most summer species, and hello to the winter species! Tailor, trevally, bream and mulloway are just some of the regular customers.
When I say trevally, that’s not only GT, but also long-nose, cale cale, brassy and big-eye. They all have something in common, which is they move at fast speeds, always finding bait and giving anglers a run for their money on light tackle.
In saying that, these fish all require different techniques and locations. For example, long nose will be caught mainly on the bottom, almost like fishing for flathead, whereas GT will be caught from midwater and topwater. Some good spots include the Coomera, Nerang, Jacobs Well, and throughout the canals around Southport.
Nighttime around lights will definitely be a good option. But it can be very dependent on the tide. You will work that out after a few sessions, as it varies with locations.
The odd last jack is getting around, and there are still some keen jack anglers out and about scoring big reds. Winter jack fishing is just a matter of flicking more casts into jetties and structure than you normally would in summer. Jacks fire with the heat and they turn off when they feel the cold, so if they are annoyed and fired up enough from your lure continually going past their nose, you’re more likely to hook one. Make sure you throw repeated casts into structure!
In the next month or two, we will see the cooler weather set in, and it will hit hard! Cooler mornings mean rugging up and gritting through the pain. The rain shouldn’t be a problem, but make sure you check the weather sites just incase of an unexpected shower or storm.
Mulloway are getting more and more common. Live baits and lures both work well, especially a mullet around 10-15cm. Again, nighttime and afternoon sessions will be more successful.
Lure choice is up to the angler, but for me it depends on the water clarity. Don’t be dismayed if you missed a good hit, just open the bail arm and put the lure back in his face. I’ve had this happen a few times and they have come back to smash it.
Along with the mulloway, the flathead will also be on the bite, so don’t be surprised to find yourself catching more flathead than mulloway. Just persist in the area and the tides and you will find the fish.
In conclusion, June is a perfect month for fishing with the winter species really firing up and the bait working throughout the canals, Broadwater and the seaway!Reads: 1075