Hot Start to Winter Season
  |  First Published: June 2007

With the cooler weather well under way the westerlies have kicked in and that tends to make it easier to head outside and chase some big pelagics.

Heaps of anglers took advantage of the conditions and most weren’t disappointed – the fish were firing with great catches of wahoo, mackerel, kingfish, small marlin and longtail tuna. Trolling skirted lures, crazy deep divers and live baiting around the close inshore reefs like Alfs and Sullys is a good way to catch these top fighting fish. Dave Hubner had a great start to the season with some wahoo weighing up to 11kg. Young Mitch Eley did well with top catches of a big kingy, several smaller ones and a hefty jew. For those who can’t get outside, don’t despair; there are plenty of fish available with many reports of bream, tailor and flathead.

Bream are everywhere at the moment with small to medium sized fish making up the bulk of catches and only a couple of whoppers weighed in. The best was caught at the eastern tip of Short Island weighing in at 0.685kg. The other pick spots for a feed of bream were Kalinga Bank, the mouth of Whalleys Gutter, Tipplers Island and the surf off South Straddie.

There are a lot of chopper tailor about at the moment with white birds feeding on baitfish making them easily visible from a long way off. Small pilchards and lures are the best way to hook up a tailor when they are chopping. But if you don’t time your trip right, or they are hard to find, then a good way to locate them is to drift around the ‘Pin with a pilly on a 3 gang, or use chopped up pilchard bits on a single hook.

Flathead are usually picked up on the drift, be it with soft plastics or bait. There have been plenty about lately throughout the Bar area and from Kalinga Bank to Crusoe Island. Cobby Passage, the northern entrance to Mackenzies Channel, Cabbage Tree Point and Behms Creek mouth have all been producing some good lizards. Gaye Marks outfished husband John with two big flatties from a secret spot in the Logan River.

Small pesky whiting are still about with plenty of winter whiting ready to steal your bait. I got one the other day that was 6cm. There are a few crabs still about – mainly sandies though. There are good spots to drop your pots around Rocky Point, the Powerlines, Never Fail Islands or Tiger Mullet Channel.

There is the odd school jew from the Logan but we can expect a few more to come over the next month or so. Live prawns around Marks Rocks, Diner Island and behind Eden Island have been the pick spots. Carl Kerswell landed a monster 3.35kg mangrove jack from Kangaroo Island – that would have been some fight!

Thanks for all 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--

Gaye Marks’ Logan River flatheads tipped the scales to 1.27kg.

David Hubner with a top 11kg wahoo.

11-year-old Carl Kerswell caught this fabulous mangrove jack at Kangaroo Island.

Mitch Eley with a yellowtail kingfish.

Expect to tangle with some school jew in the Logan this month.

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