March is a great time to head out to the ‘Pin with the family and chase a feed of fish. The weather is cooling off and a wide variety of species are available from bread and butter fish to mangrove jack and jew.
Weighed in recently was a surprise catch of a 2.35kg jack caught by a pregnant Annamieka Little. While her boyfriend Josh was fishing for sharks, Annamieka was using a kid’s rod with 9lb line, no trace, a 1/0 hook and a prawn for bait. She was fishing off a jetty under the Logan River Bridge and was absolutely stoked to have caught one of the best eating fish around.
There have been a few jacks around and can be caught at Marks Rocks in the Logan, Cobby Rocks, Flatrock and the Albert River. Try to get live mullet for bait or very fresh strips of bait work as well.
Jew have been on the chew too. They seem to like the small tides where there is little water movement and live prawns, mullet or herring have been the best baits. Try around Giants Grave, Marks Rocks in the Logan, the Jew Hole off Swan Bay and Kalinga Bank.
Tony Lubach caught a good school jew of 3.5kg from out at the Pin Bar. Regularly featured Shannon Strid weighed in three jew from Marks Rocks the best going 4.3kg all caught on live mullet. He then scored a king threadfin salmon at the same spot weighing 5.1kg. On a roll he headed back to Marks Rocks for another session the next day on the same tide and had his 15kg outfit snapped by what he’s pretty sure was an even bigger threadfin.
Flathead should be around all month with heaps of small to medium sized fish mainly being caught. Three and four inch Minnows and Shads are working really well in blue, red, green, yellow and trout colour. Most colours will work but these seem to be the best at the moment. For the bait fishermen, small pilchards, whitebait, froggies and good sized fresh prawns have been working well.
There is plenty of small bream on offer, which is great when taking the young ones out on the water. The better fish have been coming from the surf off South Stradbroke Island, Kalinga Bank, the dead trees at the bottom of North Straddie, Short Island, Flatrock and Little Rocky Point.
Tailor have been scarce but the odd greenback has been taken from the surf off South Straddie. There are mostly small schools of choppers on offer so the best bet is to berley up and float a pilly out when fishing and wait for a school to swim past.
Whiting only seem to be caught in small numbers at the moment so if you’re heading out the better spots are Alberton Sands, the Junction, Little Rocky Point, Gold Bank, Pelican Bank and north of Lagoon Island.
There has been some good muddies taken from Redland Bay Channel, Lagoon Island and Mosquito Island. Sandies are also being caught along the drop offs of Main Channel, Canaiapa Passage and Never Fail Islands.
Thanks for all of your reports and fish weighed in. Drop us a line at Gem Bait and Tackle if you’d like to order bait or get some up to date information on what’s biting on 07 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- .
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