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‘Pin on fire through March
  |  First Published: March 2007



We’ve finally had a little rain, which has helped on the fishing front.

The fresh has hit the rivers that wash into the estuaries and has fired up the mud crabs and sand crabs with some big bucks being potted. The best spots have been the lower reaches of the Logan, the Powerlines, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel and near Tabby Tabby. Young Bradley Moss reaped the rewards of the fresh water with a quality 2.8kg jew from the river.

There have been plenty of chopper tailor running throughout the ‘Pin bar chasing schools of whitebait and hardiheads. Any smaller sized metal lure cast into the school when they’re chopping usually gets a strike or if they dive down deep let your lure sink to the bottom and try jigging for them. The odd tailor and trevally have been amongst these schools smashing lures and providing some real excitement. Just keep an eye out for the birds diving and wait for the fun to begin.

Flathead have been taking live bait, hard bodied lures and soft plastics. The sand flats between North and South Stradbroke are producing some big fish or you could try Kalinga Bank, Whalleys Gutter and south of Long Island as the tide starts to move. Local angler John Marks caught a decent 1.7kg fish from the Logan River so they are pretty widespread.

Whiting have been going crazy over small soldier crabs, bloodworms and yabbies with top catches during the day and some larger elbow slappers caught at night. The days leading up to the full and new moons should produce these big blue nosed beauties as the large tides flood in. The Gold Bank, the Never Fail Islands, Redbill Island and Cobby Passage are all firing with these quality fish.

Small bream are around in plague proportions and even if you try to avoid them they just seem to find their way into the boat. It’s good though if you only want to entertain the kids for a few hours. Larger sized bream are being caught after dark nearing the top of the tide off Kalinga Bank, the Eastern point of Short Island and the north wall of the Seaway.

As usual if you have any questions or need any advice give us a call at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- or just drop in on your way to the ‘Pin. I’ll catch you next month.

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