Big summer ahead
  |  First Published: October 2005

You’ve gotta love the weather we’ve been having. It has made the fishing conditions just perfect and heaps of anglers have been venturing out to enjoy the warmer temperatures and great fishing. A lot have been heading out through the ‘Pin to the nearest reefs and have had great results including some huge cobia, jew, sweetlip, snapper, jobfish and the odd stray mackerel.

As usual, flathead are turning up in good numbers along the sandy flats to the north of South Stradbroke Island; south of Kangaroo Island on the shallow mud flats; across from the Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp; and in the upper reaches of the Logan River. Kalinga Bank is a great spot to start, though it is probably best to give it a wide berth on weekends as it can get a little crowded. Because of the good water quality, flicking and trolling lures has been extremely effective. Prawns, pilchards, froggies, whitebait and live poddy mullet are also scoring quality lizards.

A few small school jew have come from out the front of Swan Bay and in the deeper holes of the bar. There are also some coming from Marks Rocks nearing the turn of the tide at night.

The tailor have been a little quiet with only small choppers on offer and not many reports of green backs but you never know when the next school will come through. There are a few Australian salmon in the mix as well.

Live bloodworms, beachworms and small yabbies seem to be to the whiting’s liking with some top catches of fish around 40cm. Once again there are a lot of diver and small summer whiting on the sand flats stealing everyone’s bait around the Gold Bank, Cabbage Tree Point and Jacobs Well Channel. The better-sized fish have been coming from Never Fail Island, the Albert and Logan river junction and near Slipping sands.

Muddies have arrived on time with some nice bucks almost nudging 1.5kg. These are being caught mainly in the rivers and Redland Bay Channel with a few from Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well Channel and south of Russell Island. Blue swimmer crabs are being caught consistently throughout the ‘Pin, but remember you’re only allowed four pots or dillies per angler.

It’s going to be a hot summer, so don’t forget to cover up during the day and apply the mozzie spray at night. If you have any reports of fish, want to ask some questions or need to order bait, give me a call on (07) 3287 3868. You can also come in and see me at Gem Bait & Tackle on the way to the ‘Pin or email --e-mail address hidden-- I’ll catch you next month.

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