Report 11/12/15

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Report 11/12/15

Post by subeditor » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:48 pm

The weather looks promising this weekend and with the start of the school holidays starting it’s a great time to get out and on the water with the kids.

Down the Gold Coast there are a few options for any angler. If you have access to a boat or kayak the canals are producing a smorgasbord of fishing options. Trevally, tarpon, bream and mangrove jacks are all regular catches at the moment on both bait and lures. Casting larger lures like paddle tail plastics or diving lures near pontoons, bridge pylons or rock walls is popular for targeting jacks and trevally. A steady retrieve is all that is needed and if you are using suspending lures a small pause can trigger a hit. Run out tides early in the morning or late in the afternoon seem more successful.
Tarpon and bream are a little more weary and will require you to down size your leader length and use slightly smaller lures. Soft plastics are great for them as they can be fished at different depths and can be changed easily to suit different areas. Small white plastics have been very effective early in the morning for the tarpon in the upper Coomera River.
If land based focus your attention to the rock walls and bridges late in the afternoon and into the night. Baits seem to work well for jacks, jewies and the odd trevally. Mullet fillets or small live baits are the go to but prawns and squid will work for bream at the same areas.

Further north the Bribie Island Passage has been great for flathead and whiting. Focus on the numerous drop offs for the flathead and try soft plastics like the Keitech 3inch Swing Impacts and work the run out tides. A few people have been targeting the whiting up there on small poppers over the flats at high tides and have been doing really well. The Bassday Sugar Pen is a great starting lure but the Atomic poppers are also worth a try. Work your popper fairly quick and don’t slow down if you see whiting chasing it.

The Dams are fishing a little tough at the moment and the rivers might be a better choice if you want to go for a kayak or bank bash. Small Spinnerbaits and diving lures have been fooling the bass but blades like the Ecogear ZX40 worked in the deeper stretches will see you hooked up to the odd yellowbelly in the Brisbane River. Baits of live worms are great for bass and catfish and will keep the bites coming it.

I hope everyone can get out there and enjoy the start to their holidays.


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