Waterways start livening up
  |  First Published: November 2016

The fishing has been pretty good over the past month. There are still bluefin over 100kg being taken between Lawrence Rocks and Cape Bridgewater in depths of 60-80m. One of the best lures has been the Bluedog BabyJ.

Guys who haven’t been chasing the bluefin have been catching good size flathead off Cape Bridgewater. One of the best lure types has been the octo jig. Just put a strip of squid on the hook, drop it down and give it a couple of jigs. The flathead love them.

Along with the flatties, anglers have been getting gummies and school sharks in depths of 60-85m. Most are caught on arrow squid or California squid.

Off the lighthouse there’s a good mix of species – snapper, morwong nannygai, pearl perch, and the odd gummy and school shark.

Between Point Danger and Pivot Beach, anglers have been getting into the salmon using the trusty pilchards on a paternoster rig, or surf poppers. There’s also the odd King George whiting around too, taking pipis and strips of squid.

Heading down along the north shore there’s garfish and calamari squid, with most of the squid taken on a spike rigged with a pilchard or a sand whiting under a float. When it comes to jigs, most people have been going for Shimano Egixiles or Yamashita Egi Oh Qs. The best colours are white or darker colours, depending on the day. Along with the garfish and squid, there are also a few King George whiting about, plus the odd gummy and school shark.

Land-based anglers fishing off the Lee Breakwater have been getting salmon, cuda and calamari squid. There’s also the chance of a snapper or King George whiting.

Around the harbour we’re seeing bream, trevally, yakkas, calamari squid, King George whiting and pinkie snapper.

Up in the freshwater, the Fitzroy and Surrey river been yielding bream and mullet. Baitfishers have been getting their bream on grassies and prawns, while lure fishers have been doing well on Strike Pro vibes and Gulp Sandworms in camo.


During November the water temperature will rise significantly. Late November should see the kingfish start to arriving down the north shore.

By this time the bluefin will probably be making their way back through the west, so the action should slow down. By contrast, the King George whiting should thicken up, along with the calamari squid and snapper.

Other species should start livening up as well as we progress into the warmer months. There’ll be makos out in the deep, and guys heading out to the shelf will start targeting blue-eye trevalla, ling and blue grenadier in around 200-600m of water. On the way back from the shelf, in depths of around 150m, there will be Tassie trumpeter, good size flathead, gummies and schoolies.

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