Elbow-slapper time
  |  First Published: February 2005

The holidays may be over but heaps of fishermen are still heading out and returning with quality fish. February is a great time to fish for large whiting, and from all reports there are plenty about.

The Logan River has been producing some real stonkers to 700g – well over 40cm long – and these are excellent eating. At this size you have a fight on your hands so keep the landing net handy as you don’t want to lose a fish of this size at the side of the boat. After the initial nibbles, just give the fish a little line so it doesn’t feel any pressure against the bait and can swallow it down. This should improve hook-ups and reduce the number of lost fish.

Some other good spots to try for whiting are the eastern side of Lagoon Island, south of Russell Island near the green marker and between Jacobs Well and Horizon Shores.

Tailor have been running through the ‘Pin Bar, mainly early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The best results come when you combine the full tide with these times. The tailor are mainly choppers, with a few real big greenbacks thrown in.

Plenty of flathead are still available and they’ve been taking soft plastics, metal jigs in the deeper, cleaner water and live prawns. The best reports have been from Kalinga Bank to South Stradbroke, Cobby Passage and Duck Creek mouth.

There haven’t been a lot of big bream about lately, although there have been plenty of medium, legal-sized ones to around 30cm.

If bream are the only fish on offer and you want a bit of sport, grab a light rod, lighten the breaking strain of your line to 1-2lb and have a competition with your mates. Pound for pound, bream are extremely good fighters and they will test all your fishing skills, especially if you do hook a big one. All along the bottom of North Stradbroke there are many small to medium sized bream so that’s a good starting point. Alternative locations include the eastern tip of Short Island, Whalleys Gutter and the northern wall of the Seaway.

The only jew about have been school jew, with the best I’ve seen going nearly 5kg. It’s still a good fish but it’s been a while since I’ve had one that weighed in at over 10kg. That was from Marks Rocks in the Logan, and a couple of smaller ones came from near the entrance to Swan Bay on live mullet.

Crabs should start to quiet down soon but there are still a fair few being potted at the moment. Try around the Power lines and Tiger Mullet Channel for sandies, and the rivers and their feeder creeks for muddies.

Keep the reports coming in, and if you’d like to order bait or want up-to-date info on what’s biting give us a call at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- I’ll catch you next month.

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