Family fun at the ‘Pin
  |  First Published: July 2005

At this time of year the cool westerly winds kick in, resulting in flat, calm conditions that are perfect for taking the family fishing throughout the waterways that make up the ’Pin area.

Just be prepared from some stiff competition from your family, as kids often out-fish their parents – as young Nathan Huth did recently. His flathead, caught in the Logan River, was just under the maximum limit of 70cm and was about as heavy as you can get for fish of that size. That was one of many flathead we’ve had weighed in lately, most coming from Kalinga Bank or from the sand flats at the top of South Straddie.

Bream are high on everyone’s list as well, with great catches of medium sized bream a common occurrence. Plenty of smaller ones are everywhere at the moment, so much so that you pretty much can’t wet a line without catching an under-sized bream.

The biggest bream we’ve seen was just over 1kg and was caught from the beach of South Straddie on bonito flesh. The other hotspots have been Kalinga Bank, the Powerlines, Tabby Tabby and the Northern wall of the Seaway.

Tailor are about in good numbers but most of them aren’t very big, with plenty of undersize choppers smashing lures that are almost bigger than they are. If you’re willing to put in the effort, however, some larger greenback tailor have been coming from the surf of South Straddie. The odd trevally has been showing up amongst the schools as well. Try surface poppers or quickly retrieved metal slugs across the surface.

The Logan Rover has been producing a few school jew from Marks Rocks and Pitts Rocks on live and fresh prawns and poddy mullet.

Lots of winter whiting are about, stealing baits and just being pests, but they can be fun on light gear with worms being the bait of choice. Summer whiting a bit harder to come by, with the best results coming from the Green Bank and the western side of the Never Fail islands. Again, worms are the pick bait.

Thank you for all your reports, and if you’d like to get up-to-date fishing information or need any local advice drop us a line here at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

I’ll catch you next month.


1) 5-year-old Nathan Huth out-fished his dad with this quality Logan River flathead.

2) Bream are everywhere at the moment. This one isn’t feeling 100 percent.

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