The cool weather change is cool for mixed bags
  |  First Published: April 2017

April is the perfect month and point between seasons for fishing. Mangrove jack, trevally, large bream, flathead and also the odd tailor and mulloway are on the bite from the cool change. Baitfish are plentiful.

Your best bet at tailor or mulloway would be to find clearer, deeper water in the Broadwater and work blades and troll hardbodies in the area. Another great way is looking for birds working and fish busting up. It may be a bit early for tailor, but don’t be dismayed. Over the past couple of years I have got a few early in the season.

A few flathead are still hanging around throughout most canal systems and are tricky to find sometimes. Mud and mangrove lined banks are your best spots to hit. Try early in the morning and get there before any other fishos shut down the system – early bird gets the worm! Of course, the run-out tide is the best time for flathead, as baitfish will be pushed out of their inlets, where flathead will lay in wait.

Plenty of jacks are around, especially near heavy structure like bridge pylons, moored boats and jetties. I’ve found the best structure for good fish is a moored boat on a jetty close to a bridge pylon, where you can cast along the bridge pylons and at the same time bring it across the moored boat. Jacks tend to strike at the back of moored boats. Big fish can be caught doing this!

Working blades at night have been very effective on bream. Within the last month I have caught 5-10 bream per session, some of them going mid to high 30s on the mat. Blades of 1/6oz and 1/4oz in most colours work. It’s best to work these lures slow with a high lift up from the bottom. Bream will hit it on the drop or on the way up if they’re really hungry. By-catches around the lights consist of mangrove jack, flathead and trevally. This can be an expensive way of fishing, but an effective way.

Within the next month or so we will see some cooler weather, which will hopefully mean larger bream coming into their spawning season of May-July. This cooler weather will also see some quality trevally and maybe even the odd tailor and mulloway around. Your best bet for these fish is deep holes in the Broadwater, Seaway and Jumpinpin. Try trolling for tailor and casting soft plastics with a heavy jighead for mulloway.

In conclusion, April is a fantastic month where we get a taste of winter species and also mix with the summer fish. Persist with structure and deep holes and the fish will come. A sounder is a bonus if you have one.

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