All the recent rain has flushed out the creeks and estuaries and pushed plenty of fresh into the Pin system, which has slowed the fishing down a bit. However, the good news is that now the fresh has gone the fishing has been on the improve and should be right throughout April.
Easter holidays mean increased boat traffic so be safe out there because it can get quite congested on the Pin’s narrow waterways.
Flathead are always on at the Pin when using soft plastics and hardbodies, if you know where to look.
Trolling hardbodied lures in shallow water is a great way to cover a lot of ground when chasing lizards. You’ll get more hits if the lure is bouncing on the bottom puffing up the sand. The problem is that you’ll also pick up weed and snags as you go – but you have to go where the fish are!
If you are a live baiter then you can’t go past prawns and poddy mullet. Plenty of flathead have been landed on prawns, whitebait and pilchards. Try around Kalinga Bank near the Pig Styes, the sand flats between North and South Straddie, the Stockyards, top of Crusoe Island and in Jacobs Well Channel near the southern side of Kangaroo Island.
Luring for bream has become more popular due to the success of BREAM tournaments and increased media coverage. Small soft plastics, poppers, switchblades and sinking hardbodies are all working well up against mangroves, pylons and rock walls where the bream congregate. Plenty of smaller fish are on offer but as the water temp cools and we head into bream season bigger fish will start to show up. The pick spots have been near Kalinga Bank, Tabby Tabby, the Powerlines, Five Ways and Cobby passage. The odd small squire will also start to show up around these areas.
Quality whiting close to half a kilo have been weighed in from the Logan River around Marks Rocks, the Junction and the Elbow. Live sand and blood worms are usually the bait of choice with yabbies, pipis and squid not too far behind.
Small school jew are about but now that the minimum size limit is 75cm most catches have to go back. Bigger jew should start to come on during April out towards the Pin Bar, the deep water off Swan Bay and Short Island. Using live mullet and larger soft plastics is the way to go.
Casting for prawns at the moment is producing some big bananas and tigers from the rivers and, because of the rain, a little further out near Redland Bay Channel and the Powerlines. We’ve been waiting for a while and it finally looks like they decided to show up – about time!
Likewise, the muddies held off for a while but now seem to be coming on stronger that the fresh has died down. Reports from the locals say the crabs been more towards the river mouth and beyond. Sandies have been quiet considering they were everywhere at the start of crabbing season. Try along the deeper drop-offs in near the powerlines, Canaipa Passage and Tiger Mullet Channel. Once again keep a keen eye on your pots.
Have fun out there and be safe over the holidays. If you have any questions or would like fishing information drop me a line at Gem Bait & tackle on 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- I’ll catch you next month.Reads: 899