Tangling with tailor
  |  First Published: May 2005

The cooler weather that kicks in at this time of year has only helped the fishing. We’ve had some great reports coming in and they don’t look like slowing down.

There have been a few mackerel about just beyond the ‘Pin bar, and if you’re keen for a good fight these will certainly test your gear out – just look for the birds working. A bit of trolling has also proved fruitful for Keirryn Regeling, who landed a nice 13kg Spaniard. The odd trag jew and longtail tuna have also been about.

We’ve had some great catches of tailor weighed in lately. They weren’t around in bulk numbers but anglers have still been catching enough for a good feed. The best tailor went 2.8kg and was caught on a whitebait near the powerlines by Darrell Dowsett of Munruben. We’ve had a few reports of anglers getting busted up around there lately, but the culprit may not necessarily be a rogue tailor; around that area it could be anything busting you up. Mangrove jacks, sharks, grunter bream, stingrays and jew have all been caught there and don’t mind taking your gear if you give them half a chance.

Logan Lipinski weighed in a good quality tailor and trevally from Kalinga Bank and we hear floating pillies at night has also been a good way to get a few tailor if you don’t mind staying up half the night.

Flathead too have been very popular as usual, with plenty of reports from Kalinga Bank, Cobby Passage, the mud banks off Kangaroo Island and Redland Bay Channel. They best baits have been froggies, pillies, whitebait and live banana prawns if you can get them.

Speaking of which, the prawns have been few and far between of late, with only a few people getting enough for a feed and a sore shoulder to go with it. Most are getting only enough for bait. If you end up with only a couple, try around Marks Rocks as a few school jew have been showing up there on livies.

Whiting are still going well even though it’s starting to cool off, and the best results have been coming from Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island, South of Russell Island and along South Stradbroke down towards Wave Break Island.

The best bream have been from the north wall of the Seaway, the beach off South Straddie and Kalinga Bank. We can expect some bigger bream as the temperature drops further. If you’re into flicking soft plastics or just want to give it a try, now’s the time. The water quality has been fantastic lately, with the bream smashing lures all around the ‘Pin.

There have still been a few mud and sand crabs caught but the season is pretty much over.

Thanks for all your reports and keep those fish coming in. If you’d like any advice or up-to-date fishing information, drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--


1) A good quality tailor and trevally from Kalinga Bank.

2) There have been a few mackerel about just beyond the ‘Pin bar.

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