Tides, weather essential to catching reef feeders
MANY anglers have been rewarded with good catches of squire and the odd jew around Mud Island.
These fish have been mainly coming off the deeper reef edges, falling for a wide range of lures and baits.
Tides are important when it comes to squire. The areas they feed in varies according to what phase the tide is in.
Two hours either side of high or low tide will tend to bring more bites.
Weather can also affect their feeding patterns. Overcast rainy days seem to have brought them on the chew in recent weeks.
Tailor are also being reported in the southern bay and around the Gold Coast area.
Best places to try are the Sand Pumping jetty and the Gold Coast Seaway.
Try using Western Australian pilchards or chrome lures at night or early morning for best results.
In the bay, tailor are being reported around southern Peel Island, the mouth of the Brisbane River and on the eastern side of Mud Island.
Using Z-man soft plastics on heavy jig heads and surface lures retrieved quickly is a great method for these fish when the school up attacking bait fish.
On the freshwater scene, the majority of the reports are coming from the dams as the rivers tend to slow a little in winter.
Maroon or Moogerah dams are worth fishing at this time of year.
If you have access to a boat, try fishing the weed edges at Maroon with soft plastics, small diving lures and even the odd surface lure to entice the bass into striking.
For bank fishermen, Moogerah Dam is recommended. Try deeper diving lures, spinnerbaits and fresh baits of worms or freshwater shrimp to target the bass and yellowbelly that inhabit this dam.
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- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)