Tailor-made conditions for breeding in warmer Qld waters

TOP CATCH: Ashley Kirkup caught this cracker snapper around Mud Island using plastics.
TOP CATCH: Ashley Kirkup caught this cracker snapper around Mud Island using plastics. Contributed

MAJOR reports this week have all been about tailor.

These migratory fish are making their way up from NSW to the warmer waters of Queensland to breed.

Tailor are being caught off the Gold Coast beaches and large numbers are coming from the Seaway and Sand Pumping Jetty.

Best methods for fishing from the Sand Pumping Jetty include using a heavy sinker to reduce the risk of getting your line tangled with other anglers, and using a bait of whole pilchard or strip baits.

Other methods for tailor include throwing small chrome metal lures into the surf and retrieving them fast. If you are going to keep a few tailor for a feed, remember to bleed them for best results at the table.

Snapper are also being caught in good numbers around Mud Island.

Bags of squire around the 40cm mark are quite common.

Soft plastics like the Plazo Fat Grub and Keitechs fished on light jigheads around the reef edges should produce a few bites early in the day.

Baits of squid strips and pilchards will still produce good catches but will also increase the number of bicatch of undesirable species like grinners.

On the freshwater scene, the dams are still producing a lot of fun for the anglers keen to target schooled bass and the odd yellowbelly.

During winter, bass have a tendancy to school in deeper waters. Using your sounder to locate schools and target active fish with ice jigs, blades or live shrimp can be a very productive at this time of the year.

- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)



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