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Great time to chase flathead
  |  First Published: April 2017



What a blistering first quarter of the year we have had! With temperatures crushing the history books, our heads are all turned to what the rest of the year will bring us climatically.

Longing for a little reprieve from constant air conditioning, anglers are hitting the waterways to get some sun on the skin and fresh air in the lungs just to feel alive again. Brief glimpses of southerly winds have bought some joy to inshore anglers in the northern bay as the freshening winds have pushed some bait in our direction contributing to an in increase of predatory action.

BREAM

Bream have been one species that the climatic factors have very little impact on. Warmer waters often make them feed more actively but these silver scavengers are creatures of habit. Being a roving predator, it’s often hard to predict where and when they will feed but if your fishing ground of choice has a rocky, rubbly surface or the presence of baitfish, you can be sure the humble bream won’t be too far away. Find the right terrain in your local fishing area and you are sure to find bream nearby. This is why certain areas become noted hotspots that keep popping up in many fishing reports.

Last month the Pumicestone Passage was on fire in the bream stakes, with the majority of the action coming from the Sandstone Point area around to Cooks Rocks. High tides and light lines have been the right combination for the area, with anglers getting fish on both hardbody lures and soft plastics. Other areas deserving of an honourable mention are the Banksia Beach canals, the upper reaches of Glass Mountain Creek and the mouth of Hussey Creek. Many bream reports have come out of these areas, especially on the last of the run-in tide and the first half of the ebb.

Redcliffe Peninsula has been a little hit and miss on the bream over the last month but should start to shape up well before the cooler water temps start. The annual prawn run has been a great injection on the area, but as the netters have collected their keep the bream activity has slowed a little. The lower end of the peninsula has been the favourable choice, with squire numbers also increasing in the area. The upper reaches of the Pine River have shown good numbers of bream also with size being the only problem, but the top of the tide is reportedly fishing better as bream have been seeking refuge amongst the many mangrove lined edges.

FLATHEAD

It’s a great time of the year to chase the humble flathead with numbers being good leading into the cooler months. ZMan 3.5” Trick SwimZ have been the go-to soft plastic for many flathead anglers of recent times, with their subtle paddle-tail being quite irresistible to lizards. Soft plastics have definitely dominated catches with many anglers targeting areas of good current flow especially on the receding tide.

After a sluggish start, the Pine River is slowly ramping up its flathead productivity with areas around Scarborough foreshore to Deception Bay being the surprise packet of late. The channel leading into the Newport Waterways has been good to many anglers for flathead, with shallow waters either side being prime ambush material. Drifting or using an electric motor has been the most successful approach for anglers, with hopping soft plastics into the drop-offs working well.

Deception Bay foreshore has fished well for both flathead and bream on the bigger tides, with fresh baits being the pick with the many land-based anglers in the area. In the Bribie area the mouth of Elimbah Creek, Lime Pocket and White Patch have been the pick of the areas. Be sure to keep a keen eye open for crab pot markers when travelling in the passage. The popularity of sand crabs in the area makes it quite the racecourse.

TIP OF THE MONTH

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