Perfect time to target favourites
  |  First Published: May 2008

May is a great time to fish the ‘Pin. With the days being cool and clear and the water temp dropping off, it’s a perfect time to target a few favourites, like bream, tailor and flathead. The quality of the water is great for testing out lures so be sure to stock up before you head out.

So, what’s been biting?

Tailor have been making up a lot of the catches with small schools coming through the bar. The best time for action is just before dark near the top of the tide, this is when they tend to school up and feed on the whitebait. Most are just choppers but stick with it as the odd decent fish, around 40cm, are amongst them. Try fishing a little deeper to find the bigger ones.

Bream love it when the water temperature drops and a few larger ones have already started to show up around Cobby Passage near the rocks, the Powerlines and Little Rocky Point. The pick of the baits have been mullet and chook gut, whitebait, live yabbies and worms. The odd squire and Moses perch are also being caught in these spots.

Whiting are about in good numbers and are being caught on live worms, but the bigger fish have been a bit elusive. Alberton Sands in the Logan, the Gold Bank and the Never Fail Islands have been producing the better fish, but the other usual spots are just producing throwbacks.

Flatties are hitting soft plastics near Slipping Sands, Pandannus Island, the Mouth of Whalleys Gutter, and Tipplers Island. They are also smashing baits, such as whole peeled prawns, small pillies, and yabbies. Try around Cabbage tree Point, Kalinga Bank, South Russell Island and Redbill Island for the best results.

There have been heaps of fish weighed in lately, with one of the best being a 19lb king threadfin salmon caught on a live herring from the Logan River. This fish was huge and thick across the tail and it fought long and hard. It was weighed in by a very happy Tim Powell, and is easily the biggest salmon I’ve seen from the river.

There have also been quite a few jew weighed in. Evan and his brother Chris got three schoolies from the Logan River, Cheyne caught a decent 9.1kg specimen and Ryan Zell weighed in a quality 10kg jew from the ‘Pin Bar.

Live bait is a great way to go when chasing jew, try using baits such as mullet, herring, and large prawns. For the lure fishers they have still been taking 5” and 7” soft plastics in the deeper, cleaner holes around the bar.

The best tailor this year so far was weighed in by Cameron Rose from the beach off South Straddie across from the Bedrooms. It weighed over 3.5kg cleaned.

Just a reminder that this year the ‘King of the Pin’ fishing competition is now on the 20, 21 and 22 June 2008, not May like previous years. Any questions give us a call.

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 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- .

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