Mandy Atkins with a Cracka of a Pindari Golden
Lure of the week
The Jackall range of lures is ever expanding, and with swimbaits being the big thing at the moment, Jackall have bought out are 2 new models. The most popular one being the 7 inch Dunkle . This great new lure is a slow sinking soft bait, ideal for murray cod, barramundi and mangrove jack and will be a big hit over the coming months.
Plenty of great reports from Cooby this week. The yellowbelly are feeding and most of the bait sources are living on the edges of the weed beds, so trolling close to the weed beds has been key. The fish have been up around the 8 ft mark so shallow diving hard bodies and TN60 lures have worked best slow trolled along the edges of the weeds. The lure fishing really has been out doing bait this week with the shallow hardbodies working well and the exact can be said for jigging the ZX blades.
Again some huge numbers of giant bass being landed at Cressbrook this week. For the more advanced fisherman the fishing is exceptional locating the schools of bass on your fish finder is the tricky part scanning the lake for schools of bass can take time try starting out from main lake points or spots given to you by other anglers obviously the better fish finder you have the more chance of finding the schools. Once located the fish are biting well on soft plastics, spoons and tail spinners slow rolled through the fish. For the bait angler live shrimp is a must for the bass. While saltwater yabbies and worms work well for the odd yellowbelly getting landed out there also.
Like most places there has been plenty of fish biting at Leslie and a few different species with yellowbelly, silver perch and murray cod all on offer at Leslie right now. The yellowbelly have been active in the old creek bed in deeper water hoping soft vibes or using saltwater yabbies has worked best. The silver perch have been thick up around the edges, some caught on lures but mostly on live worms under 10 ft of water. While a few nice cod have been caught again this week around the rocky banks in the late afternoon casting spinnerbaits.
Somerset continues its hot form this week with loads of giant bass being landed in a number of different schools located over the lake. Most fish are in very deep water around 50ft. Searching the creek bed and wide out from main lake points like the Spit and Pelican Point will be a good starting point. Once located the fish have been loving soft plastics rigged on a heavy jig head or an alternative that has also worked very well are heavy spoons slow rolled through the fish. For the bait angler live shrimp will be a big help.
Gold Coast fishing
Inshore the fishing has been really hot in the northern Broadwater region through to Jumpinpin with loads of flathead being landed on the sand flats on both bait and lures while there has been some huge yellowtail kingfish cruising around the seaway. Using live baits or strip baits will be your best bet with the king fish and there has also been some nice mangrove jack being landed up in the Nerang river of soft plastics.
Offshore there has been plenty of nice snapper being landed on the 24 fathoms, especially early morning with most anglers bagging out on 2-4kg reds. While later in the day the longtail tuna have been popping up close in and anglers have had good fun casting 40g slugs at them landed nice fish up to 20kg. It’s only been a few days without wind so keep an eye on the forecast.
Tip of the week
Do yourself a favor and head out fishing over the next month, the fishing has been really good and it’s looking like improving over the next month. It will depend on rain and temp but things seem to be lining up if we get some good rain and then some warmer weeks the fishing will be perfect and the best way to learn how to fish is to catch them and now’s that time.