ONE OF the greatest things about the ‘Pin area is that it can be enjoyed by everyone. Mum and Dad can take the kids down to its safe, calm waters and catch any number of species to entertain the whole family. Then you have your more serious anglers who are willing to brave the elements, stay out all night and meticulously plan their fishing trip so nothing is left to chance when that quality fish comes along. Jumpinpin is a magnet for all these groups and with plenty of bait to gather, quality fish and placid waters on offer, it should continue to be so for generations.
October is a great time of year to tackle a variety of species. The waters are heating up and many fishos turn their attention from bream fishing to targeting whiting. Without fail, one of the best baits with which to land a feed of whiting is bloodworms. They may be expensive but the results speak for themselves. Around Never Fail Island (appropriately named), Diner Island, and the Gold Bank sand flats there have been great catches of elbow slappers to 700g. These monsters are great fun on light gear and are highly sought-after by anglers to give them bragging rights with their mates.
Water temps may be rising but bream are still a high priority on many angler’s lists, probably because these fish are so easy to catch. The surf off South Straddie across from the Bedrooms has been producing well with consistent catches of quality bream to near 1kg. Kalinga Bank always rates a mention, as well as Crusoe Island, Whaley’s Gutter mouth, just north of Jacobs Well boat ramp, and the eastern point of Short Island. Baits that have been producing well include chook gut, mullet gut and mullet fillets, but pretty much any bait will do.
Flathead size limits are frustrating a few anglers who have landed 70cm+ fish in peak flathead season, but these guys know that by releasing the big girls they are ensuring there’ll be lizard stocks for years to come. The three green beacons near little Rocky Point just north of the Cabbage Tree boat ramp and the sand flats to the north and west of South Straddie are coming up with good catches on soft plastics, prawns, poddy mullet and small pilchards.
There are only chopper tailor on offer at the moment near the bar, taking small metal slugs, garfish and pilchards. It seems the larger greenbacks are out to sea around the reefs off the Gold Coast.
Larger sand crabs are around the southern end of the Jumpinpin area in Jacobs Well channel, Tiger Mullet channel, behind Woogoompah Island and below Tipplers. Mud crabs are starting to show up in the Logan River, across from Cabbage Tree Point and Cobby Passage.
Anyway, I can’t wait to get out and tackle a few whiting so I’ll see you out there! If you have any questions, need advice or would like to order some live bait come in and see me at Gem Bait & Tackle, give us a call on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--
1) A good haul of bream. Water temps may be rising but it’s still easy to catch a feed of bream.Reads: 2008