Trent Harrison with a Mahi Mahi caught off the Gold Coast.
Trent Harrison with a Mahi Mahi caught off the Gold Coast.

Perfect weather for chasing mangrove jacks and bass

WITH the warm weather and afternoon storms rolling in, the fishing will start to heat up as well.

This kind of weather is perfect for targeting mangrove jacks around the estuaries of the Gold Coast.

There seems to be a few getting caught recently on a wide range of techniques.

Cast and retrieving lures like soft plastics or medium sized hard bodied lures is popular.

Focus on man-made structures like bridge pylons, pontoons and rock walls for better success.

If you would like to use baits, fishing at night will give you a better chance of hooking larger fish.

Strips of mullet or whole poddy mullet are like candy to jacks. Try casting your baits into likely ambush locations like around bridges or under lights for better results.

The storms have also fired up the bass and saratoga in a few of the local dams like Kurwongbah and Hinze Dams.

These dams are perfect for kayaking and offer plenty of places to fish. You can cast spinnerbaits at the edge structure in both dams if chasing bass, as these are becoming consistent performers.

Try working surface lures like the Mimix Grasspopper along bank vegetation for a chance to tangle with an acrobatic saratoga.

If you are wanting to take the kids for a fish, whiting have moved into the estuaries. They can be a lot of fun on light gear.

It is also a cheap day out as all you need is a few hooks, sinkers and bait.

Try shallow areas near drop-offs at the Gold Coast. Near the Council Chambers or the Spit are great starting spots.

Small hooks and sandworms are the key.

Remember with kids, quantity over quality is always a winner.

Hope everyone can get out over the weekend and enjoy catching a few fish.

Severe storms predicted for Lockyer Valley across weekend

Severe storms predicted for Lockyer Valley across weekend

The bureau is urging people to keep an eye out for warnings.

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