October is a great time of year to tackle a variety of different species, so fire up your mates and hit the water.
Flathead size limits are frustrating a few anglers who have landed some quality 1m fish in peak flathead season but had to release them. I’m sure they know that by letting these big girls go they are ensuring lizard stocks for years to come. The three green beacons near little Rocky Point just north of the Cabbage Tree boat ramp and the sand flats to the north and west of South Straddie are coming up with good catches on soft plastics, prawns, poddy mullet and small pilchards. Trolling with shallow diving hard-bodied lures in about 3ft of water is also proving quite fruitful.
The waters are heating up and a lot of fishers turn their attention from bream fishing and start to target whiting. Without fail one of the best baits to land a feed of whiting is bloodworms. These are an expensive bait and you don’t get many worms for your dollar, but the results speak for themselves. Around Never Fail Island, Diner Island, and the Gold Bank sand flats there have been great catches of elbow slappers to 500g. These monsters are great fun on light gear and are highly sought after by all fishermen to give them bragging rights with their mates.
Water temps may be rising but bream still maintain high priority – probably because they are so easy to catch. The surf off South Straddie across from the Bedrooms has been producing well with consistent catches of quality bream to near 1kg. Kalinga bank always rates a mention as well as Crusoe Island, Whalleys Gutter mouth, just north of Jacobs Well boat Ramp and the eastern point of Short Island. Any bait will do but chook gut, mullet gut and mullet fillets have been working well.
Only chopper tailor on offer at the moment near the bar on small metal slugs, garfish and pilchards. It seems the larger greenbacks are out to sea around the reefs off the Gold Coast.
Proving that you never know what will jump on the end of your line, Lenka Hilton nailed a 1.5kg trevally on a banana prawn just a stone’s throw from Jacobs Well boat ramp. Kelly Jackal cleaned up in her fishing comp with a massive 13.275kg jew caught from Swan Bay, and a 4kg luderick caught off Kalinga Bank was weighed in by Graham Smith.
Larger sandies are around the southern end of the Jumpinpin area in Jacobs Well channel, Tiger Mullet channel, behind Woogoompah Island and below Tipplers. Muddies are starting to show up in the Logan River, across from Cabbage Tree point and Cobby Passage.
I can’t wait to get out and tackle a few big flatties, so I’ll see you out there or if you have any questions, need advice or would like to order some live bait come in and see me at Gem Bait & Tackle, give us a call on (07) 3287 3868 or e-mail on --e-mail address hidden--Reads: 1886