OCTOBER at the ‘Pin is always a great time to get out there and wet a line. The weather and the water temperatures are on the rise and the fishing just keeps getting better.
The beauty of fishing the waters off Jumpinpin is that no matter what your skill level you never know what you’re going to bring in when you get a hook-up. For novice anglers, the ‘Pin provides safe, calm waters teeming with bream, whiting and flathead. For the more experienced fishermen, there’s mangrove jack, grunter bream, tailor, jew and trevally.
I’ve had some really good reports lately, especially on the flathead front. It’s pleasing to see that the maximum size limit of 70cm is working wonders. Some really big lizards to almost 1m have been caught and released lately, with one of the biggest hitting a soft plastic lure in less than a foot of water near the northern entrance to McKenzie’s Channel. The best results generally have been on livies and fresh baits like butterflied mullet and banana prawns. There are many small flatties being caught as well, some only about 10-15cm, so it looks as though they’re breeding well. That’s good news for all the lizard hunters out there.
Really big jew, to nearly 15kg, have also been coming in regularly. Many of them have been caught just before or just on dusk on live poddy mullet, tailor fillets and a good slab of live beachworms.
There have been a few good reports finally that some muddies are starting to show, so dust your pots and dillies and hit the lower reaches of the Logan River along the mangroves, feeder creeks and drop-offs.
There are whiting to 450g (a good size for this time of year) from the main channel side of the Never Fail Islands, Tiger Mullet Channel near the top of Whalleys Gutter and south of Russell Island near the entrance to Cobby Passage.
One of the best bream to come in weighed 1.4kg and was caught from Kalinga Bank. It’s good to see that the big ones are still there despite the caning Kalinga Bank receives. Off the beach of South Straddie, Cobby Passage and the bases of the Powerlines are producing the most keepers. There have also been a few dart off the beaches and the occasional blubberlip.
If you have any questions, would like some advice or want order any bait give us a call on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- Thanks for your reports and I’ll catch you next month.
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