LAND-BASED REWARD: Mark Finch caught this 83cm flathead on a Keitech Plastic off the shore at the Gold Coast.
LAND-BASED REWARD: Mark Finch caught this 83cm flathead on a Keitech Plastic off the shore at the Gold Coast. CONTRIBUTED

Tempting long weekend options

THE last week of the school holidays has been rewarding, with many anglers making the most of the warmer weather.

With the Flathead Classic on this weekend, a lot of people have been pre-fishing for them.

Most people are focusing around the numerous creeks, channels and sandbars that make up the Jumpinpin.

Trolling small hard-bodied lures is popular.

Focusing on the 2-3m mark should see you hooked up in no time.

Make sure you are not retrieving too quickly as flathead can be relatively lazy and give up chasing a lure if it's going too fast.

Lures of choice for trolling include the Jackall Soul Shad, Ecogear SX60 and the Tilsan Minnow.

All of these lures have a great action and tight wobble that flathead seem to find irresistible.

The mouth of the Brisbane River is still producing some cracker bream.

Whether you are fishing off the bank or in a boat there is some good fishing available.

If you are fishing from a boat, try casting small diving hard bodied lures like the Atomic Cranks or Ecogear SX40s at the rockwall along Fisherman Island.

Bream are constantly moving up and down this wall feeding on small fish, crustaceans and morsels they find.

If you are using baits try casting them as close to the rock wall as possible to get in the feeding zone.

Hold onto your rod, as this habitat is also home to squire, estuary cod and the odd jewfish.

If you are restricted to the bank try fishing around the Pinkenba area or around Breakfast Creek.

Threadfin salmon, jewfish, flathead and the odd tailor are also possible.

Numerous baits and lures will work around this area.

Paddle tails like the Keitech Fat Impacts are particularly effective.

- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)



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