Cool change has good-sized tailor on the move
IT seems tailor are on the minds of a lot of anglers at the moment.
The cool weather change seems to be exactly what we needed to get them moving around.
Great reports have been coming in from the open beaches of the Gold Coast from Narrowneck up to the Seaway.
Look for the deeper gutters and holes as the tailor like to hang at openings to these and ambush baitfish.
There are a few holes close enough to reach them from the shore.
Tailor are getting larger with the average fish being around the 45cm mark.
Tailor are also showing up around the Pin Bar, Mud Island and Bribie Island but you will need to have access to a boat.
Best results are coming from lightly-weighted pilchards cast into the gutters.
Lure anglers casting surface lures like the Maria Loadeds or small metal lures into the surf are also picking up their fair share.
Retrieving lures is fairly fast and a spin reel is favoured.
A small bite trace can be run in front of the lure to stop nasty biteoffs and the pain it leaves to the wallet.
If you want to take the kids out for a fun day on the water, around Mud Island is producing a lot of small squire.
These are great for teaching kids to use bait or soft plastics as they are fairly aggressive at that size.
There is the odd legal fish mixed among them plus the chance of hooking a host of other reef-dwelling fish.
On a recent trip out there we found that the Keitech Sexy-Impacts were the most consistent rigged on 1/4oz jig-heads.
Baits of squid or small cubes of pilchards would keep kids entertained for hours.
On the freshwater scene, Maroon Dam is firing.
The warmer days are sparking the bass into feeding mode.
They are still heavily influenced by the weed beds. For better results, focus your angling attention on them.
Casting small hard bodied lures like the Jackall Chubby or spinnerbaits should see you hook up to one of these hard-fighting natives.
Worms or locally caught live shrimp would have to be the best baits favoured by yellowbelly in the timbered section near Camp Lake Fire.
- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)
Expo on soon
THE Australian Lure and Fly Expo on August 9-10 is being held at the Ipswich Showgrounds Exhibition Centre.
The expo is open to the public, with more than 50 exhibitors showcasing their Aussie-bred talents.