TOP REWARD: Leah Yamson with her first 50cm Moogerah Dam bass.
TOP REWARD: Leah Yamson with her first 50cm Moogerah Dam bass. CONTRIBUTED

Plenty of fun options for a mixed bag of success

THE weather gods have finally smiled on us.

Tomorrow looks like the pick of the weekend days and hopefully everyone can get out and wet a line.

The rivers around the Gold Coast are fishing well with mixed bags of flathead, trevally, bream and the odd mangrove jack being caught.

Live baits of herring or small flesh baits are doing well. These baits are perfect if you want to sit back and wait for the big one to come along.

If you are a little more active in your fishing style, try using soft plastics like the Keitech Easy Shiners or small shallow divers.

These plastics can be deadly on a host of species and will keep your options open and increase your chance of catching mixed species.

The pick of the dams at the moment would have to be Moogerah.

The bass are being caught in a few different locations and have seemed to spread out a little.

Anglers are getting good results trolling 2-3m divers around the steeper rocky banks and near the dam wall.

If you have access to a good sounder you can look for schools of bass in the timbered section.

Look along the drop-offs as this is where they were last seen.

Hopping Jackall Mask Vibes or soft plastics seems to be the most popular method of hooking these bass.

If you are limited to the bank, the parks adjacent to the dam wall are great starting spots.

Worms and prawns are good choices for baits.

If you want to take the kids out for a fun day on the water, Mud Island is producing a lot of small squire at the moment. These fish 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 like grassy sweet lip and cod.

On a recent trip out there, we found that the Keitech swing impacts are consistent performers rigged on 1/4oz jig-heads.

Baits of squid or small cubes of pilchards would keep kids entertained for hours.



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