Fishing Lines: All you can eat buffet as baitfish move in
IT seems that the baitfish have moved into the lower half of the bay in numbers and many of the fish are taking advantage of this "all you can eat'' buffet.
Good reports are coming in from all over the place, with Jacob's Well and the mouths of the Coomera and Logan rivers among the hotspots.
It's also worth focusing on the deeper holes around Crusoe Island for jewfish and trevally.
Live baits of mullet seem to be doing the damage but small pike are nailed quickly.
Kids can be entertained by catching pike using small diving lures. Make sure you keep the amount of lead you use to a minimum as you want your live bait swimming naturally.
It's also productive to troll deep divers like the Jackall Squirrel or Zerek Ripper Divers. Stick to the deeper channels and drop-offs for better results.
Flathead are a great option if you are fishing with kids. Flathead can be targeted in a number of different ways and they are so accessible.
The Jumpinpin and Coomera are prime areas to try as there is an abundance of sandflats to focus on.
Baits of pilchards, prawns and anchovies lightly weighted will do well.
Lures like the Jackall Soul Shad or Rapala X-Raps are great options for trolling as they get deep into the strike zone and remain there, as they will suspend if you slow the boat down. They can also be cast and retrieved over the flats and down drop-offs.
Squid are still being found around the shallow rocky and weedy banks on the bay islands. These squid are starting to get some size to them and hood lengths of 30cm are becoming common.
Look for clean water where squid love to live and hunt.
Cast your jigs into the shallow waters and hop it back to the boat using varying retrieves until you discover which one the squid are responding to that day.
Great jigs to start with are Yamashita or Yozuri jigs, as they are consistent performers.
Squid will usually hunt in small packs and numerous squid can be caught in quick succession in some areas.
If you want to know more about the different jigs on offer come into Charlton's Fishing for a chat.
- Matt Osley of Charlton's Fishing