Inside and outside fishing well
  |  First Published: April 2005

There have been some really good fishing reports coming in lately, and hopefully the good fishing will continue throughout April.

Just outside the bar and along Stradbroke Island there have been some good Spanish mackerel and mack tuna smashing trolled lures like big Rapalas and metal spoons. These fish are really testing out some heavy gear, with hard hits and big runs. The best Spaniard we’ve seen so far went over 20kg.

It seems someone forgot to tell the crabs that their season is coming to an end, as the muddies have been firing from the lower reaches of the Logan, Albert and Pimpama rivers. Sandies are also going well around Tabby Tabby Island, Little Rocky Point, Long Island and Tiger Mullet channel.

Some good sized schools of tailor have been coming through the Bar and along the beaches of South Straddie across from the Bedrooms. Size is the main concern as the real big greenbacks seem to have given us a wide berth, but with plenty of fish around the 2kg mark we can’t really complain.

Most of tailor catches are made when the schools are feeding and easy to see. Anglers have been spinning with metal slugs or trolled lures around the dirty water line near the top of the tide. The odd trevally and tarpon have been amongst the schools just to spice things up a bit.

Plenty of quality flathead are on offer from the Logan River mouth near Redland Bay Channel, the southwest side of Russell Island, Pig Sties and the top of South Straddie. Livebait has been a bit easier to gather lately with prawns, poddy mullet and herring having great results. Another productive method is to twitch soft plastic lures through the shallows.

Whiting have been on the chew in the Logan River, with the best results coming at night on the smallest tides. Bloodworms and beachworms have been the pick baits once again, and some other good spots to try are Canaipa Passage near Oak Island, the western side of Eden Island, the Never Fail islands and Tiger Mullet Channel.

Banana prawns have been around in good numbers from the rivers and look to be sticking around, so grab the cast net and get out there.

Thanks for all your reports and all the fish weighed in. Drop us a line at Gem Bait and Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 if you’d like to order bait or get some up-to-date info on what’s biting, or send an email to --e-mail address hidden-- I’ll catch you next month.




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