Big wet fires up the ‘Pin
  |  First Published: March 2004

MARCH is an excellent time to fish the ‘Pin and the fruits of the big wet are starting to show. With the creeks and rivers well and truly flushed out and the water quality improving, the fishing has become out of sight. There have been great catches of most general species and a few of the harder ones to find like mangrove jack, estuary cod and some sharks. Just up from the mouth of the Logan River around Marks Rocks and Pitts Rocks is a good spot to start when chasing these top fighting fish, and a couple of locals have had to increase their line capacity to over 80lb and they’re still being busted off. If you manage to hook a jack don’t mess about with it or it’ll take you into a snag before you know it. The best results are on livebait and mullet fillets.

There have been plenty of chopper tailor running throughout the ‘Pin bar chasing schools of whitebait and Hardiheads. Any size metal lure cast into the school when they’re chopping usually gets a strike, or if they dive down deep let your lure sink to the bottom and try jigging for them. The odd greenback and trevally has 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.

There’s hot action with flathead again this month on livebait, hard-bodied lures and soft plastics. The sand flats between North and South Straddie are producing some big fish, or you could try Kalinga Bank, Whalley’s 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 daylight hours and some larger elbow-slappers at night. The days leading up to the full moon 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 are all firing with these quality fish.

As usual, 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 good though if you only want to entertain the kids for a few hours. Larger bream can be taken after dark near the top of the tide from Kalinga Bank and the Eastern point of Short Island.

Casting for prawns has been getting easier although the banana prawns are few and far between. There has been plenty of crab activity lately with monster rusty bucks over 2kg coming in, but I’m told most pots are filled with jennies. Unfortunately I’m told there’s a lot of pot raiding and stealing about. Here’s hoping the thieves can manage to set future generations a good example and a bit of common courtesy and leave the bloody things alone.

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. I’ll catch you next month.

1) Bream are still available for keen lure casters.

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