Prime times ahead
  |  First Published: November 2005

In November, the days get longer and the temperature warmer, firing up the creeks and making more summer species active.

One of the main targets will be the mangrove jack and the best times for these fish are daybreak and sunset. Most of the bridges and rock walls on the Tweed are good places to start looking for jacks.

Trolling deep divers and drifting livies are consistent methods for jacks but don’t forget to give the softies a workout. A well-presented soft plastic will often outfish a crankbait.

There will still be some bream around, and the area behind the hospital is a consistent producer. The tide really rips through here so around the tide changes is the best time to target them if you are land-based. If you’re fishing from a boat, a few quick drifts will tell you if there are any about. Yabbies, small herring, chook gut and bits of pillie are all good baits.

The flathead season will be coming to an end in November, although there will still be some large specimens in the area behind the hospital and up around the Black Watch factory. Using bigger lures should help you catch larger specimens.

November is a good month for jewies in most of the creeks; try jigging 4” Atomic Shads around the bridges and deeper holes at the change of tide. If you prefer bait fishing, jewies won’t swim past a live herring or mullet.

If you’re after a feed of whiting then the flats up around the Piggery and Supercat are very popular.

Flicking small minnows and poppers around the snags in the upper reaches of the Tweed around the Murwillumbah Bridge is still producing good bass. The best time is towards the top of the tide.


There should be large schools of tuna around the mouth of the Tweed and up towards the Nine Mile. Casting small slugs into the feeding fish and cranking them back at speed usually results in a hook-up.

The current should start to increase out wide even further this month, so make the most of the wider grounds while you still can.

There are still a few good kings around and jigging 300g Chaos jigs or dropping a livie down is producing some quality fish.

November is the month to dust off the trolling gear and start looking for small black marlin off Kirra Beach and the Nine Mile.

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