Lure of the week
The New Butterfly Ice Jigs from XP Baits are a new design of ice jig that has expandable wings on the sides to make the jig propel forward which makes it cover more area in the water, sometimes the lure can work itself away from the boat for a great distance and when jigged can cover a greater area.
Fishing has been fair this week with the afternoon bite claiming most of the catches, most anglers have been trolling bright coloured lures close to the weed edges on the northern banks and out from the yacht club in the weed. Other anglers have had good success in the afternoon on salt water yabbies and live shrimp for yellowbelly and small cod while the live worms have picked up plenty of catfish.
BP has been fishing really well this week the bass are schooling up nicely out from a few main lake points and also out from Treasure Island in around 30 ft. Hopping soft Jackalls has been the best way along with jigging Ecogear blades. There has been a few big yellowbelly in amongst the schools of bass and also a few caught in the timbered areas on spinerbaits and Jackalls. The bait anglers have also had good success on both live shrimp and salt water yabbies, if you can locate the school’s first it will increase your success rate.
A little further north and the fishing have been getting extremely good with cricket scores of bass being landed from both edge and school. Fishing along with a consistent bi-catch of saratoga on spinnerbaits and surface lures in the early mornings and late afternoons. Fishing reaction lures to the edges has been the most popular technique to target all of the species in lake borumba. For the bait angler live shrimp is the key bait and if you are targeting Saratoga fish it un-weighted.
Not far from Borumba and we are seeing the same pattern. The bass are really biting again. both edges and schools have been easy to catch on a variety of lures and baits but again fishing the edges will give you the best chance at the saratoga, especially early mornings and late afternoons. I would suggest fishing the schools through the middle of the day although there has been some good saratoga caught through the day on spinnerbaits. For the bait angler again live shrimp is the best bait but with the bass biting so well it would be a cheaper option to buy a blade or soft vibe.
Leslie has continued some good form with plenty of good sized yellowbelly hitting the decks along with some nice cod. A lot around the 60 cm mark being takin trolling lures and Jackalls in about 15ft. jigging blades and soft vibes has also been very effective once locating fish or structure and same goes for the bait fishing. Saltwater yabbies and live shrimp have worked great but again locating the fish or structure with your fish finder is key. Land based anglers have had good success around the rocks near the dam wall casting blades or fishing baits.
Gold coast fishing
Inshore the Broadwater’s have seen some hot fishing action with plenty of big flatties taken on soft plastics, Cast around the sand banks on high tide. Fishing bigger soft plastics like the 5 inch jerk baits have worked well along with 4 inch paddle tail plastics. Reports of some big jewfish taken around the north wall of the seaway in the deep holes using live baits. Other exciting fishing has been the number of big mangrove jack landed this week fishing around Sanctuary Cove, Paradise Point and Sovereign Island, again fishing larger soft plastic like 4 inch paddle tails along with a few caught on jerk baits and other hard bodied lures.
Tip of the week
We are starting to see the effects of the added heat on the water a littler north around Cania and Borumba, the temps have been a bit higher and it has really tuned the fishing on. Now we are starting to see better fishing in Bjelke and Boondooma so the trend is making its way down our local fisheries which will be firing in the next couple weeks so get your rods ready re-spool your reels, we are going to be in for some terrific fishing.
Damien Reardon with a nice bass from boondoomba landed on a Jets tailspinner