Jack Hoens and his first ever fish - a 68cm flathead. Photo: Contributed
Jack Hoens and his first ever fish - a 68cm flathead. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Keep the kids entertained with angling fun

CHRISTMAS is coming and the kids will be getting restless around the house.

Why not take the kids out and enjoy the good weather?

If you do not have access to a boat, the foreshore around Cleveland and Manly are great places to teach kids about bait fishing for bread and butter species like bream, whiting and flathead.

Using prawns or squid will catch all of these species. The humble slice of bread can also be a winner.

By using small baits and small hooks you will keep the fish biting.

As long as the fish keep coming in, kids will be entertained for hours. It's also a good time to teach them about releasing fish.

With the weather looking good for boaties this week- end it might be worth heading offshore to chase schools of dolphin fish and mackerel that are gathering off the Gold Coast and North Stradbroke Island.

These fish are from a few kilograms to over 15kg.

Larger congregations seem to be hanging around the 36's and around Palm Beach Reef.

Trolling small skirts seems to be popular until you find a school of them.

Once the school is found you can cast top water stick baits, small chrome slugs, soft plastics, baits of pillies and even flies at them.

Meanwhile, the rivers have begun to clear up after the bout of storms we had a few weeks ago. The bass seem to have an appetite.

Using kayaks in the upper Brisbane River is a successful approach.

Surface poppers like the Atomic poppers and Megabass Pop-X are great searching lures as they are loud enough to draw out bass from a long distance.

Small diving lures seem to be out fishing larger ones. The Jackall Chubby or Ecogear sx40s are a good choice as they resemble small baitfish which are common in the rivers.

If you are planning a trip with your boat, go over your safety equipment before you head off. And don't forget to check the local regulations.



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