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Fishing hot in cooler months
  |  First Published: May 2007



The cooler weather that kicks in at this time of year has actually helped the fishing. We’ve had some great reports coming in and they don’t look like slowing down.

There have been a few mackerel and wahoo about just beyond the ‘Pin Bar so if you’re keen for a good fight these will certainly test your gear out. Just look for the birds working and then do some trolling through these areas. The odd tuna has also been caught.

The Logan has been producing some quality school jew, flathead and jacks, especially if you can get your hands on some live herring, poddy mullet or prawns.

The larger tailor are coming from the surf with mostly choppers available on dusk around the bar and near the yellow X beacon. Try a 10-40g metal slug or floated pillie, as these seem to be doing well.

Whiting are still going strong even though it’s starting to cool off. The best results have been coming from Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island, South of Russell Island and along South Straddie down towards Wave Break Island.

The best bream have been from the north wall of the Seaway, the beach off South Straddie and Kalinga Bank. We can expect some bigger bream as the water temperature drops off. If you’re into flicking soft plastics or just want to give it a try the water quality has been fantastic and the bream have been smashing lures all around Jumpinpin lately. Using small hard-bodied minnows along the rock walls and twitching small soft plastics around sunken trees have yielded great catches.

Flathead have been very popular as usual with plenty of reports from Kalinga Bank, Cobby Passage, the mud banks off Kangaroo Island, Behms Creek and Redland Bay Channel. They best baits have been froggies, pillies and whitebait. Just remember to take the camera out with you as a lot of the flatties caught are above the legal 70cm limit and must be released. I’ve never heard of a fisher telling a lie or stretching the truth but at least with a camera handy you can prove to your mates just how fantastic an angler you are. Crossy did well again with a quality lizard that went 1.52kg.

There are still a few muddies and sandies about, even though the season is pretty much over. The Logan River mouth, the Powerlines, Tiger Mullet Channel and down towards the Pimpama River are still good spots to try.

The King Of The Pin fishing competition is on this month from Friday May 25 to Sunday May 27. The entry fee is $10 for adults or $5 for juniors (15 years and under) and there is a major prize of $1000 cash for the heaviest bream.

Thanks for all of your reports and keep those fish coming in. If you’d like any advice or up-to-date fishing information, drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

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