Lottery of species
  |  First Published: September 2009

We can finally pack the beanies and jackets away as October marks the beginning of the warming trend which leads into the summer weather pattern. All the summer species will be right up there on the target list for this month.

Whiting should be around in good numbers in the creeks. While the water will still need to come up a few degrees for them to really get active, reports have been very promising with some good catches already being had. Yabbies and worms will be the preferred baits for these excellent table fish.

Light line, fine wire hooks and the lightest weight possible are the keys to getting amongst the larger fish.

A good time to target them is early morning and late afternoon before the boat traffic becomes a problem. This is not as much of a problem on Currumbin Creek as it is on Tally Creek due to all the 6-knot zones.

Artificial lures are now also a very viable method of catching a feed of good-size whiting. Fishing poppers or surface walking stickbaits across the shallow flats is an exciting way to scratch together a good feed.

Whiting also make good live bait and catching a few on poppers is a great way to start off a jack fishing session. This also generally ensures that you keep your live bait above the legal size. Whiting are tough live baits and will stay alive long enough for a jack to find them.

Flathead and jewfish also can’t resist a live whiting and it can often be a lottery as to what species will bite next.

Trevally should also be prominent on many of the rock walls and bridges up and down the creeks. They will often give away their presence by smashing into baitfish.

If you see his happening then remember it for future reference, as trevally will often frequent these areas and return to them. You can then target the trevs confidently with poppers, slugs, soft plastics or live baits, even though you don’t see them breaking the surface.

Trevally are great fun and put on a good show when you hook one. A small herring rigged with a small hook and allowed to swim around in the water column is almost guaranteed to be smashed by a trevally if cast anywhere near a patch of visibly feeding fish. Just remember to hold on, as they hit the livey flat out.

Flathead will be frequenting most of the weed beds and coffee rock around the river mouths. The run-out tide at the mouth of creeks and drains are great places to start looking. Casting plastics up into the shallows and then working them back with the current is the go.

If you prefer bait fishing then anchoring or drifting (if the wind allows) across weed beds or drop-offs with live bait or flesh baits can also produce the goods.

Just remember the bigger breeding females are the future of our flathead stocks so try to release the bigger fish. If you are using live baits then look at using circle hooks as they usually pin the fish in the corner of the mouth helping you to release the fish in better condition. Simply hook the live bait through its lips and when you feel the bite start to wind the fish on, the circle hook will then swivel and hook the fish neatly in the corner of the mouth.


The offshore options can be a bit hit and miss in October as this month is a bit of a transition phase.

Although snapper will still be a viable target species on the shallower reefs, the deeper reefs can be tricky due to the inconsistent current.

The summer pelagic species have not arrived yet, so finding fish can be a bit tricky. The best bet is if the weather looks good, then head out and have a go.

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