Tailor your approach for winter fish
  |  First Published: July 2017

With the cooler weather already set in, we’ve seen some great fishing. The Seaway and Jumpinpin have been firing with tailor on early morning sessions. Some fishers are getting up to 30+ tailor per session on surface lures and metal spoons!

Mulloway have been a bit of a hit and miss. One session you’ll get nothing and the next you’ll get onto half a dozen. Sounding up your fish is definitely your best bet. Look for signs of bait and deeper water, then throw around a micro-jig or large plastic.

Be quick to get your fish in when fishing the ‘Pin, as the sharks won’t turn down an easy meal.

I have targeted flathead in the last couple of sessions. At the moment they are tough. Your best bet would be hitting sand flat drop-offs and weed beds.

Plenty of large bream are getting around in the canals. Mostly you will find them in the deeper parts of the canals, especially around bridges or weed on the bottom, where they feel safer than they would out in the open while spawning. Catching these big girls can be difficult at times, but if you have a sounder, use it. If not, fish around bridge pylons and jetties.

Casting out light blades or light soft plastics around 2-3” with a 1/12oz jighead will work a treat. My favourite blade at night for bream is the TT Lures 1/6oz Switchblade in pink hussar. For some reason the pink shine at night sees them all over it.

I’ve been fishing the Broadwater quite a bit and found that there’s a lot of bait throughout the run-in around main structures like rock walls. The lower the low tide, the higher the high tide. Keep in mind that both tides are roughly six hours apart.

The tide will be roaring in when it’s a big tide. Keep your eyes on the birds, as they will at times be your fish finder, as they dive for baitfish.

Over the next month we will see even cooler weather and more of our winter species in action, including mulloway, tailor and trevally. The Seaway and Jumpinpin are both great places to target as a lot of water, bait and large predators get through there daily.

Lately I’ve been sounding up plenty of tailor on the bottom and using a large white plastic with a heavy jighead to get the to bottom quickly. These fish are ranging 35-50cm, although the average size I have been landing is 42-45cm. Be sure to get these fish in quickly, as they are the ones to bite you off before you have a chance to think you’re on!

July is definitely a great month for fishing. Lately I’ve seen an increase in action in all parts of the canals and the Broadwater. It’s a month where bottom bashing and surface fishing both go off.

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