Fun on flatties
  |  First Published: March 2005

March is a great time of year for a fishing trip as the weather isn’t as volatile and unpredictable. What the weather bureau predicts is usually what you can expect, so you can head out and try to bag yourself a feed.


I love catching flathead and tailor – tailor for their fresh eating quality and fight, and flathead for their fight and the chance to catch and release a metre-plus fish. The bag limits for flathead and tailor are five and 20 respectively, and are enforced to ensure that stocks of these fish remain at a healthy level.

Bream and whiting don’t have bag limits, but that doesn’t mean you should keep as many legal ones as you can. To ensure the future of fishing at the ‘Pin we all need to do our bit and take only what we need, and release the rest so our kids can still have a great day out.

What’s Biting?

Some big greenback tailor to near 3kg have been showing up amongst schools of chopper tailor from the surf off South Straddie, and just inside the Bar around the dirty water line. Trolling zigzag style over this line has been producing a few hits, but the best way to find the schools is still to keep an eye out for birds working the area.

Out of the surf there have also been some decent dart and bream at night to the early morning.

A few 70cm+ flathead have been caught and released from the area between the top of South Straddie to Kalinga Bank, the Broadwater near the entrance to the Seaway and the mouth of the Logan. One bloke was lucky enough to catch two over 70cm, but then had the hide to whine about it! Small WA pilchards and froggies have been the best baits.

A few fishos have been scoring some good quality whiting and flathead by drifting across the sand bar between the tip of Crusoe Island and the bottom of North Straddie, and fishing as light as the conditions allow. Some other good whiting spots have been in the Logan River, below Russell Island and the western side of Willis Island.

The mud crabs have been slowing down, but they’re still coming in with some reasonable numbers from the rivers and their feeder creeks. The deeper holes along the main channels of Tiger Mullet Channel and the western side of Short Island are going well with the sandies.

Thanks for your reports, and if you’d like to order some bait or tackle call us at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- I’ll catch you next month.

1) A brace of good lizards from the mouth of the Logan.

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