Yellowbelly and bass in freshwater mix
FRESHWATER fishing has started to fire lately with dams and rivers out west fishing well.
Closer to home, the Moogerah and Somerset lakes have been producing some consistent catches of yellowbelly and bass.
A cracking 60cm fish was weighed in at last weekend's bass tournament at Somerset Dam.
It's good to see some big fish still about.
The lures of choice would be Smak Ice Jigs, Jackall Masks and Atomic Semi-hardz vibes.
Most fish were caught among schooling specimens. However, there were a number of fish encountered along the edges, slow winding them back in.
For those who want to fish from the bank, try live baits of worms or shrimp or lures like soft plastics and spinnerbaits.
Moogerah Dam is fishing similarly to Somerset Dam with the bass concentrated in schools. They are falling for similar techniques to Somerset. However, good catches are falling for smaller metal blade lures like the 1/4oz jackall Knocking Jaw or TT blades.
On the saltwater scene, flathead have been on the chew with some decent-sized fish turning up at the mouths of the rivers. These fish are great fun to target on lures and baits and respond well to both.
Soft plastics are the pick of the lures as they are able to be fished on the bottom where flathead wait to ambush prey.
Try fishing dropoffs on a run-out tide for best results. Keep moving to cover as much ground as possible.
The best bait for flathead would be small pilchards or prawns and remember to keep the sinker to a minimum to allow lots of movement in the bait.
Larger jewfish are also being caught around the deeper gutters and holes at Jumpinpin. These fish have been up to 126cm and are a prized catch if you can land one.
Best results have been at night using legal tailor fillets as bait. However, anglers are still picking up a few trolling deeper diving lures and working larger vibration lures like the Jackall Transam in the deeper holes during the day.
Remember Father's Day is coming up next weekend and every dad loves to fish with his kids.
Plan an outing on the water somewhere with your dad.
If you are chasing gift ideas or have any questions on where to fish, see us at Charlton's Fishing at Redbank.
- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)