How I wish you were here.
Andrew Amsler

Maddy Burch with one of many Venus tuskfish caught on a Samaki Choona micro-jig.

The Pelican Waters canals are fishing well for queenfish, along with bigeye trevally and small GTs. Anglers are also encountering schools of kalekale trevally, which come on in the cooler months.

Lure fishers are catching most of their trevally on small soft plastics or 5-10g micro jigs, with very light 6-10lb fluorocarbon leader. We’ve been getting good results on 10g Samaki Torpedo V2 Spinners, Samaki Tuna V2 micro-jigs, and Halco Madeye 3” Paddle Prawns in jelly prawn. When using jigs and plastics for these fish, you should work them very slowly with plenty of time on the bottom.

The queenfish are taking poppers and stickbaits with gusto, with two of the stand-out lures being the Ecooda Pop 100 and the 80mm Atomic Hardz K-9. When chasing queenfish on surface walkers you should employ a fast walk-the-dog retrieve, and if you’re using poppers you should use a slow to medium retrieve.

The sand flats in front of the powerboat club and military jetty are yielding good catches of winter whiting and bream on live yabbies and live bloodworms. Further towards the river and around the boardwalk, anglers are picking up the odd big tailor up to 3.5kg on whole pilchards and live bait. There are also good catches of bream starting to show up on mullet gut and chook gut along the boardwalk at the bottom of the tide.

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