Winter finds families catching on to great spots to cast line

SIZE-ABLE CATCH: Harry Trent relaxes next to his uncle Cameron’s monster jewfish.
SIZE-ABLE CATCH: Harry Trent relaxes next to his uncle Cameron’s monster jewfish. Contributed

NUMEROUS options exist for family friendly fishing spots that are producing some great catches at this time of the year.

Along the Gold Coast, the tailor are still on the move. They are being caught off the open beaches up to the Spit near the sand pumping jetty.

If you have access to a boat, larger tailor are being caught around the deeper channels near the Jumpinpin bar.

These tailor are great fun when they are on and will keep kids and parents occupied for hours.

Using baits of Western Australian pilchards and small metal lures is productive.

Larger flathead and bream are also making their presence known. They can be found along the entire southeast Queensland coastline.

Using the humble prawn or mullet gut as bait will result in numerous fish being caught. However, release the undersized fish carefully.

Top places to start chasing bream and flathead are the foreshores of Southern Moreton Bay and the estuaries south of the Gold Coast. Parks, beaches and picnic grounds at these locations will keep the kids happy between bites.

For those that want to do a spot of camping and fishing, try the dams in southeast Queensland.

Maroon and Wivenhoe dams are producing some good fishing close to the bank with reports of some nice bass and the odd yellowbelly being reported.

At Wivenhoe, camping facilities are at Logans Inlet with fishing opportunities close by.

Maroon Dam has Camp Lake Fire, which is a great place to stay and hire out boats and canoes for a fun day on the water.

If fishing with kids at either of these locations, live worms or shrimp would be the best choice for chasing bass or yellowbelly.

Remember when fishing with kids its all about the kids having fun. Keeping the bites and fish coming in is far more important than the size of the catch.

A reminder to also keep your photos coming in.

- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)



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