Prime times ahead
  |  First Published: November 2005

This month we will really start to feel the change up to summer.

The days will get increasingly longer and the temperature warmer, firing up the creeks and more of the summer species will become active.

One of the main targets now will be the mangrove jack and the best times for these fish are daybreak and sunset. If you want to get connected to a jack an alarm clock is your best bit of gear.

There were a few jacks around last month but quite a few sessions went without even a hit. That should change considerably in November with consistently warmer water. Later in the month you will get more hook-ups. Unfortunately, with these fish not all hook-ups result in fish landed but that is what keeps us all going back.

Most of the bridges and rock walls on the Tweed are good places to start looking for a jack in November, although this early in the season the lower reaches should fire a bit earlier.

Trolling deep divers and drifting livies are consistent methods but don’t forget to give the softies a workout. A well-presented soft plastic will often out fish a crankbait.

Looking at how flathead fishing has evolved from trolling minnows to casting soft plastics is a good indication of what seems to be evolving.

Bream will still be around but with the warmer water there will be other summer species better to target.

If you are still keen to chase bream the area behind the hospital is a consistent producer. Unfortunately the tide really rips through here so around the tide changes would be the best time to target them if you are land-based.

If you are fishing from a boat then a few quick drifts will tell you if there are any about. Yabbies, small herring, chook gut and bits of pillie are all good baits and in this area there are all kinds of other fish that could be welcome by-catch.


The flathead season will also be coming to an end in November although if you are still after a trophy fish then a bit of persistence could still get you one.

There will still be some large specimens in the area behind the hospital and up around the Black Watch factory. If you are after a good-sized fish, up-size your lures and you will see a change in the average size of lizard you pin.

There were a few good-sized jewies hooked recently while fishing for the flathead but none were landed.

November is a good month for jewies in most of the creeks. Jigging 4” Atomic Shads around the bridges and some of the deeper holes is an excellent way to start.

Once again, try to spend most of your time jigging around the tide changes as this is a premium time for these fish. If you prefer bait fishing then try a live herring or mullet – a jewie won’t swim past one of these.

If you after a feed of whiting then the flats up around the Piggery and Supercat are very popular. Just remember to keep the terminal tackle as light as possible and you will be surprised at how many more bites you get.

The upper reaches of the Tweed around the Murwillumbah bridge are still producing good bass. Flicking small minnows and poppers around the snags towards the top of the tide should see some good sessions on these strong little fish.


There should be large schools of tuna around the mouth of the Tweed and up towards the Nine Mile. Casting small slugs into the feeding fish and cranking them back at speed usually results in a hook-up. They make excellent bait, whether trolled or used for reefies.

The current should start to increase out wide even further this month so you should try to make the most of the wider grounds while you still can.

There are still a few good kings around and jigging 300g Chaos jigs or dropping a livie down is producing some quality fish.

November is definitely the month to dust off the trolling gear and start looking for a few small black marlin off Kirra Beach and the Nine Mile.

If you are not sure where to go for a few fish or you’re in need of some good gear, pop in to see the guys at Angler’s Warehouse.

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