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The Bassman Jaw knocker
The Bassman Jaw knocker is a great alternative to fishing either spinnerbaits or lipless crankbaits, they are an ideal replica of a freshwater yabby which means they are a perfect lure for our local rivers and dam’s. With a big vibrating action, they seem to get the fish’s attention very easily.
A few mixed results this week at Cooby, the anglers that have been having the most success this week have been using saltwater yabbies and live shrimp. Jigging ZX40’s and Jackall Mask vibes have been getting good results as well.
Cressbrook still seems to be the pick of the local dams this week. Many anglers have been catching some quality bass up too 50cm. The Cressbrook Creek arm is holding good amounts of fish in and around that 30ft of water, fishing tail spinners and Jackalls Mask vibes have been the pick of the lures. Live shrimp have been the go too for the bait anglers.
With this constant cold weather, the past week the fishing has really turned on at Glenlyon, with numerous reports of cod being caught. For that early morning bite either large swimbaits or wake baits have been the pick of the baits, while fishing during the day with either Mumblers and or spinnerbaits have been claiming some big fish.
Finally, some good results are starting to filter through, with the water clearing up the yellow belly have been on the bite this past week, fishing shallower areas such as in the timber line or closer to the rock wall. Casting or jigging ZX40’s in these areas will be your best bet for landing a few fish. A few cod have been showing through the timber, casting half ounce Bassman Spinnerbaits or trolling deeper hard bodies in around the timber will be your best chance.
It’s one of the best times of the year to fish Wivenhoe at the moment, as the fish push shallower towards the banks and weed beds, casting Jerkbaits, Lipless Crankbaits or Spinnerbaits has been the pick of the techniques, also targeting fish close to the steeper rock walls with Jackall mask vibes or blades.
Great reports have been coming in as the bream are beginning to spawn, fishing areas such as Short Island, Tiger Mullet channel and along Kalinga Bank has been the pick of the spots, Winter time is a great time to target big flathead, casting soft plastics and hard bodies up onto shallow sand banks have been producing some big fish as well.
Gold Coast offshore
For the keen bluewater anglers there has been plenty of fish to chase around lately with fantastic bottom fishing in close with anglers filling up on snapper, pearlies and other reef fish while out wider there has been some big current systems working off the shelf pushing the bait in to tight areas where there has been some huge yellowfin tuna and big marlin getting around. Great time to be out wide.
Tip of the week
Taking advantage of the great conditions! winter is a great time for fishing certain locations for example Jumpinpin and Wivenhoe dam really fire in the cooler conditions and with the exceptional weather we are having this is a perfect time to get out there. The edge bite at Wivenhoe is really good and it’s a great time to get to know how to fish this lake while Jumpinpin is fishing great through the deep channels for bream and flathead a perfect time to go and fill the esky with some fresh fish.