Cooler Weather Picks Up Fishing
  |  First Published: May 2006

Autumn’s cooler weather has helped fishing around the ‘Pin and I have heard of some great mackerel, flathead and bream catches. This should continue as May progresses.

Mackerel have been caught from just beyond the ‘Pin Bar, look for birds or try a bit of trolling to find the fish. Mackerel will give you a good fight and the odd tuna and dolphinfish have also been caught.

The Logan River has been producing quality school jew, flathead and jacks especially for anglers fishing live herring, poddy mullet or prawns. Robert Noffke and his crew scored a good mixed catch recently that included a 3.4kg jew.

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

Bream have been caught off the north wall of The Seaway, the beach on South Straddie and Kalinga Bank. As the temperature drops we can expect some catches of bigger bream to start. Bream have been smashing lures in the clear water around the ‘Pin lately. If you’re struggling to find the fish try casting small, hard-bodied minnows along the rockwalls or twitching small soft plastics around sunken trees.

Flathead have also been very popular with plenty of catches reported from Kalinga Bank, Cobby Passage, the mudbanks off Kangaroo Island and Redland Bay Channel. The best baits have been froggies, pillies and whitebait. Just remember to take the camera as most of the flathead catches have been above the legal 70cm limit and have been released.

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

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--

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