This time of year usually presents wonderful weather with westerlies kicking in and flattening out the ‘Pin.
While the days are warm, the nights are bitterly cold with only the most seasoned anglers staying out after dark. Those who brave the cold should be rewarded with jew, bream and tailor; the larger fish will usually be caught after dark. Just remember to pack the beanie and gloves.
Bream are extremely prevalent this time of year with quality 30cm plus specimens on offer and even some to 40cm. The larger ones seem to be taking bigger baits like banana prawns, balls of mullet gut, chicken gut, flesh baits, pillies and herring.
Yabbies, worms and smaller prawns always work well but you’ll find the pickers will get to these baits first and you’ll be rebaiting all day.
The surf off South Straddie is producing some hefty sea bream. Kalinga Bank always fires near the top of the tide; Cobby Passage has great bream fishing; the Stockyards has plenty of productive snags; and the point of Short Island does well on the first of the run-out tide.
Flathead are around in good numbers too and you can expect them to be caught right throughout July. Flatties can be caught at any time of the tide but I’ve found the larger fish will bite better as the tide first starts to run-out.
Large banana prawns, pilchards and whitebait bounced along the bottom while drifting over mud and sand banks has been a productive method. You cover more territory when you drift and take the bait to the flathead as they lay in wait to ambush their pray.
Try along the southern entrance to Cobby Passage, the mud flats north of Cabbage Tree boat ramp, Kalinga Bank, behind Tabby Tabby and along the Never Fail Islands.
Tailor have shown up off the beach of South Straddie across from the bedrooms with some good sized greenbacks up to 3kg amongst them. They should stick around for a while taking pillies, bonito and even tailor flesh.
They come inside the bar as well and have been caught as far in as Tabby Tabby. Try around the yellow cross beacon at the top of Crusoe Island on an incoming tide or trolling lures inside the breakers works well too.
There haven’t been too many jew being weighed in, but with the cooler weather and some good small tides at the start of the month I would expect a few more to be caught. Try large live baits like mullet or herring in the deep water off the bottom of North Straddie, Giants Grave, Marks Rocks and the north wall of the Seaway.
Plenty of winter whiting have been on the chew in Tiger Mullet Channel, Never Fail Islands, Flat Rock and the mouth of the Logan River. For larger whiting try Alberton Sands in the Logan, the Gold Bank and the sand flats off the top of South Straddie. Stick with sand and blood worms or yabbies for bait.
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