Big wet makes ripe fishing
  |  First Published: March 2008

March is an excellent time of year to fish the ‘Pin and the fruits of the big wet are starting to show. With the creeks and rivers being well and truly flushed out and the water quality improving the fishing spectacular with great catches of most common species and a few of the more elusive ones such as mangrove jack, estuary cod, morwong and some sharks.

Just up from the mouth of the Logan River around Marks Rocks and Pitts Rocks is a good spot to start when chasing these top fighting fish and Paul Henning managed to score a beaut 1.2kg mangrove jack.

Muddies and Sandies are also finding the conditions to their liking with great catches mainly from the rivers and out towards the Powerlines and Cabbage Tree Point area.

There has been plenty of Chopper Tailor running throughout the ‘Pin bar chasing schools of whitebait and hardy heads. Casting a smaller sized metal lures to 40g into the school when they’re chopping usually gets a strike. If they dive down deep let your lure sink to the bottom and try jigging for them. The odd greenback and trevally have been among these schools smashing lures and providing some real excitement. Just keep a keen eye out for the birds diving and let the fun begin.

There is some hot action with flathead again this month on live bait, hardbodied lures and soft plastics. The sand flats between North and South Straddie is producing some big fish or you could try Kalinga Bank, Whalley’s Gutter and south of Long Island as the tide starts to move.

Whiting have been going crazy over small soldier crabs, bloodworms and yabbies with top catches during daylight hours and some larger elbow slappers being 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 in plague proportions throughout the ‘Pin which is nothing new 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 where there have also been some good sized dart.

As usual, if you have any questions or need any advice give us a call at Gem Bait & Tackle on 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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