Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Quality at Mouth of the River; Deep-Diving Lures Are Best

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Quality at Mouth of the River; Deep-Diving Lures Are Best

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Brisbane River

Species to target: Bass, flathead, jewfish, salmon, squire.

Tactics to catch them: Bass are worth chasing in the less salty reaches of the river close to Ipswich. However, near the river mouth is where a range of quality species are on offer including predators like jewfish, threadfin salmon and estuary cod.

Deep-diving lures will often produce best results. But fresh or live baits like mullet, sprats and herring will also work well. If using bait, make sure you use enough lead to reach the deeper water. Try to stay out of the strong-flowing channels and work close to rock walls and drop-offs.

Using pilchards, prawns and squid will attract snapper, squire and jewfish.

Somerset, Wivenhoe, Moogerah and Maroon dams

Species to target: Bass, golden perch (yellowbelly), silver perch.

Tactics to catch them: Using a light rod and reel outfit, any number of lures are worth trying and will catch these freshwater predators. However, lures need to be worked close to snags and underwater caverns. Experiment working different depths until you find where the school of fish are feeding. If using baits, try worms, shrimp and prawns lightly weighted but allowed to drift to deeper water.

Jumpinpin, Broadwater, Gold Coast Seaway

Species to target: Flathead, bream, tailor, whiting.

Tactics to catch them: Trolling a pilchard bait or lure close to mangrove banks and rock walls will tempt big flathead in these areas. But try to release the big female fish as they are important breeders.

Working the mangrove edges and nearby estuaries are also prime locations to catch a feed of bream. Try fresh fish strips, mullet gut or yabbies on a 1/0 or 2/0 hook.

The Seaway is a hotspot for tailor, where using pilchards works well. A surf rod is recommended if fishing off the headlands or a beach to allow longer distance casting. Try a rig of three 3/0 hooks or a 4/0 hook attached to wire so tailor won't bite you off. …

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