Report 20/06/14

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 20/06/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:32 pm

The Tailor are beginning to show up in half decent numbers lately and the open beaches along the Gold Coast up to the Sand Pumping jetty are fishing well. Focus your attention on the deeper gutters. Baits of WA pilchards, chrome lures or small surface lures are the go to methods amongst the anglers.

The mullet are on the move at the moment and are schooling at the mouth of many of the rivers, as they get ready to spawn. These mullet are bringing out the bigger predators like jewfish, tailor, kingfish and trevally. The Seaway down the Gold Coast, Jumpin Pin and mouth of the Brisbane river are great place to try hook into one of these predators.

The Seaway continues to be a little hit and miss at the moment but anglers are still hooking into the odd jewfish or kingie using live baits of either mullet or small herring. Lures like the Jackall Transam or small Jigs vertically worked around the rock walls might be able to tempt something if lures are more your scene.

The Pin is a little different and the fish are more restricted to the deeper holes and channels near the bar. Many anglers are getting stuck into the numerous tailor and Jewfish as they round up the baitfish. The most successful way to target the jewies down at the pin would be using large strip baits of mullet or tailor flesh. Lightly rigged these fillets will float in the current and are irresistible to big Jew. The tailor are falling for a host of lures like Z-Man plastics and small metal lures. When the tailor are in a frenzy lures can be a lot easier and cheaper to use than bait.

In the bay the Snapper have started to make more of a presence and the size has started to increase too. Mud Island is producing some consistent captures of late and both bait and lure fishers are getting in on the action. The Northwest side is holding a lot of bait at the moment and the snapper are making the most of it. If you want to try baits, hardy heads or frogmouth pilchards are the go and try to use the lightest weight as possible. By-catch of cod, grassy sweetlip, flathead and the odd tuskfish are always a welcome possibility.

Lures of choice would be the Keitech 4inch soft plastics in natural colours or deep diving crank baits like the OSP Power Dunks. Cast these lures up on the reefs and drop offs and work the deeper waters with plenty of pauses and twitches to initiate a strike.

Keep your eyes open for birds working the surface when you are out in the bay at the moment as schools of longtail and mac tuna are smashing bait fish schools in the open water between the bay islands. Stickbaits, soft plastics and small chrome lures are tempting the odd tuna for anglers in the right place at the right time.

Hope everyone can get out there and wet a line this weekend.


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Mathew Scholz with a Moreton Bay Longie caught on a 141mm Master Bait Slider.

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