Bring on the bream
  |  First Published: May 2004

EVERY time I go out with a couple of mates to fish the ‘Pin, I come back with at least one full bag of rubbish. Guess what – it’s not mine, and I’m getting a little tired of it. If you see someone leaving rubbish, remind them where the tip is or, if all else fails, pick it up yourself and do your bit for the environment. If everyone puts in a little effort we’ll be well on our way to cleaning up the ‘Pin and that can only lead to better fishing through a cleaner, thriving ecosystem.


With the water temperature dropping, bream have been heavily targeted recently. You can expect some excellent results this month, especially around the full moon on the 5th. Small live prawns, chook gut, mullet gut and yabbies have been the baits of choice for most fishos but, as you know, these fish will eat pretty much anything you put in front of them. Some big fish to near 1kg were caught in the Logan River near Marks Rocks and towards the mouth near the powerlines and the southern end of Russell Island. Other pick spots have been Kalinga Bank, the Never Fail Islands and along the eastern side of Kangaroo Island near the mouth of Whalleys Gutter.

Tailor have been smashing lures and pilchards all around the ‘Pin from the bar to as far in as Cabbage Tree Point and one local even got an undersized chopper off their jetty in the Logan River. The odd rogue greenback has been showing up, mainly in afternoon sessions. These bigger fish have been lurking a little deeper than the choppers so it may pay to let your lure sink a bit.

The Gold Bank has produced some big whiting lately to just over 400g. These fish pull extremely hard and can be a lot of fun on light gear. Fishing as light as the conditions allow is a great start and it never hurts to give up a little line as you feel the fish start to bite. That way they get a good hold of the bait without any line tension against them, and this will lead to more hook-ups for you. Other spots to drop a worm, yabby or soldier crab are the Five Ways, Cobby Passage, Pandanus Island, and the eastern side of Long Island.

A lot of smaller flathead have been weighed in, even though they’re being caught while other species are being targeted. Most reports indicate that baits such as prawns, whitebait and pilchard pieces are working well in tempting lizards up to 50cm. Larger flatties are being caught on livebait, double-tails and deeper diving minnows from Kalinga Bank, south of Eden Island, and the three green beacons off Little Rocky Point.

Sandies and muddies are still being potted in good numbers along most mangrove-lined banks between the junction of the Albert and Logan Rivers out to the mouth, Redland Bay Channel, Cabbage Tree Point and Tiger Mullet Channel.

It’s starting to get colder so rug up if you’re heading out for the night. If you need to order live bait or need some advice, give us a call at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

Remember to enjoy your fishing trip and look after the ‘Pin by bagging your rubbish. I’ll catch you next month.

1) Anglers targeting bream can expect some good catches this month.

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