Welcome all to the start of yet another top fishing year. The school holidays are in full swing which means heaps of day-trippers and water traffic, so be safe and sensible on the water and everyone will have a great time.
Traditionally the winds are up in January so get out early while it’s cooler and calmer and get back in before it gets too hot and windy before the storms roll in.
There are still plenty of good flathead about throughout the ‘Pin system from the river to the bar. Heaps of undersized ones are taking prawns, pillies, and small soft plastics at the first of the run-out tide.
My mates Julian, Wolfie and I have been heading out a fair bit lately targeting flathead and haven’t done too badly. The only problem is they keep out fishing me. Lots of our fish have been between 50-60cm with the odd one over 70cm
The flatties have been taking large banana prawns, baby blue pillies, whitebait, live mullet and herring and 5” soft plastics in white, pink and nuclear chicken colours.
Head out to the Pig Sties, the top of Crusoe Island, Stockyards, the mouth of Cobby Cobby, Five Ways, Pandannus weed banks, southeast Kangaroo Island, Rocky Point, and the mouth of the Logan. If you put the effort in and work at it you should have yourself a feed of in no time.
We’ve also been getting a lot of interesting by-catch as well. We’ve caught plenty of Moses perch, squire, grassy sweetlip, rock cod, rays, shovellies, trevally, a large-mouth sea perch and even a 40cm cobia. You never know what you’re going to get out there and that’s half the fun.
Whiting are about in reasonable numbers but their size is down a little. There hasn’t been too many elbow slappers weighed in but they are out there.
Live bloodworms and beachworms have been working the best as well as yabbies, squid and peeled prawns.
Try around Alberton Sands, Rocky Point, Gold Bank, top of Crusoe Island, Never Fail Islands and the Pimpama River.
Bream are plentiful throughout January with the biggest coming at night from the surf on South Straddie and Pig Sties.
I recently went out early one morning when the ‘Pin was glassed out on the incoming tide. I could see the bottom in 30ft of water around the dead trees at the bottom of North Straddie and could see hundreds of bream all over the place. The current can be very strong there so hit the change of the tide to make sure you get to the bottom.
Try yabbies, prawns, gut and small soft plastics around Kalinga Bank, Flatrock, Tipplers Island, the mouth of the Pimpama and the north wall of the Seaway.
I recently caught a little 60cm school jew out from Swan Bay on a live herring and we dropped a bigger one on a white 7” plastic. Other spots for jewies are Marks Rocks in the Logan, Giants Grave and Short Island.
Pack the dillies too if you’re heading out, as it has been a top season on sandies between Long Island and Cabbage Tree Point or Tiger Mullet Channel.
Muddies have also been going strong and we’re finding they are mostly being caught out of the rivers and along the mangrove lined banks of Eden Island, Tabby Tabby, and Mosquito and Long islands.
Thanks for all reports and if you have any questions on conditions or what’s biting, drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--Reads: 651