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 on the improve, the fishing has been out of sight with great catches of most common species and a few of the harder ones to find like mangrove jack, estuary cod, morwong and some sharks. North of the Logan River mouth around Marks and Pitts rocks is a good spot to start when chasing these top fighting fish. A customer, Mr Buchbach, scored a beaut 3kg morwong, a great tablefish.
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 have been plenty of chopper tailor running throughout the ‘Pin bar chasing schools of whitebait and hardiheads. Cast any size metal lure into the school when they’re chopping and you should get 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 amongst these schools smashing lures and providing some real excitement. Just keep a keen eye out for the birds diving and let the fun begin.
Hot action with flathead again in late January and early February on live bait, hard-bodied lures and soft plastics. The sandflats between North and South Straddie have been producing some big fish. Try Kalinga Bank, Whalleys 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 the day 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 will all be firing with these quality fish.
Small bream are in plague proportions throughout the ‘Pin and even if you try to avoid them they just seem to find their way into the boat. It’s great if you 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.
As usual if you have any questions or need any advice give us a call at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868, email --e-mail address hidden-- or just drop in on your way to the ‘Pin.Reads: 457