Stable conditions promise plenty of action this weekend
IT looks like it's going to be a terrific weekend for the boaties and shore anglers, with stable conditions and only patchy rain.The Gold Coast Seaway is producing some really good fish, with mixed bags of jew, kingies, tailor and bream being reported.
The Seaway is a popular destination for boat and shore anglers as there are a host of fishing spots available.
The quality of the fish can be excellent at times.
Most of the kings and jew and being caught near the Pipeline using live baits or lures.
Live yakkas or pike are favoured by both.
Lures of choice include the Jackall Transam, heavily weighted Nories Spoon tails or micro-jigs.
You will need to be prepared to lose a bit of gear if fishing the Seaway as the pipeline is home to some big fish and they know how to use it to cut you off.
Bread and butter fish like bream, flathead and whiting are all being caught reasonably close to the rock walls.
Baits of foul gut, prawns, sand worms or white pilchards will secure you a fish.
If you have kids, try downsizing your hooks and sinkers.
This will help keep them entertained for hours catching a host of brightly coloured reef fish found close to the rocks that line the Seaway.
Mud crabs are on the march and plenty of people are making the most of it.
The warm weather we have had over the past few weeks has seemed to have brought them out of hiding.
The mouth of the Logan, Albert and upper Brisbane rivers are the hot spots.
Baits of whole mullet and a longer drop time will see better catches.
Try to focus around outflows or creek mouths for higher concentrations.
BASS are beginning to fire in the upper Brisbane River.
Reports of good sessions are filtering in with surface lures being a common feature.
Walk the dog style lures are perfect for the upper Brisbane as they mimic a host of different food options for the bass from lizards to garfish.
Baits of live worms, shrimp or prawns will work. However, the catfish are also warming up and can be frustrating at times.
You will need to be able to cast as close to the structure as possible.
The use of a canoe or kayak will help you a lot.
If bank fishing, don't forget to work the bank your standing on.
Some of the best bass have come pitching a lure a few metres either side of your location.
- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)