Smashing summer speedsters
Brad Mckendrick

Summer is in full swing on the Sunshine Coast and with it all the species we enjoy chasing are moving in to make it an exciting time.

My favourite summer species are definitely the pelagics, which includes cobia, kingfish, amberjack, tuna, mackerel, mahi mahi and wahoo. I guess that is a fairly big list but that gives us plenty of options during the season, so there is never a dull moment.

Trolling is one option we use to catch pelagics, but live baiting is by far the best method. Taking the time to look for live baits around the inner reef systems like the Gneering, Murphys and Currimundi reefs will give you rewards beyond expectations. Cobia and other pelagics just love a nice piece of live candy at the end of the line.

The summer months also bring a good run of tuna and when the different varieties arrive it’s all systems go. Small chrome metal slugs usually around the 20-30g will do the trick. Some slugs should be rigged with wire because the mackerel schools that feed with the tuna can quickly bust you up but normally a simple 60cm trace of mono or flurocarbon will do the trick. I get a lot of questions on whether or not to tie the line right up on the slug by using a blood knot or to use a loop knot. Either will work, but I like the more natural look that a loop knot provides. Obviously you can’t tie a loop knot with wire so you will need to get a hold of some Graphite Metal knotable leader. This is simply knotable wire, which allows you to tie most knots, but it is expensive.

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