Keith Stratford

Keith Stratford

Hints for finding fish these holidays

holidays

HAPPY holidays to all Bush ‘n Beach readers. Hopefully 2019 brings us all plenty of fishing opportunities. January will be another busy month on the waterways around Brisbane. Heaps of people will still be on holidays, so expect the rivers and creeks to be busy with all types of watercraft. The key to finding numbers of fish this month is …

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Catching crabs and mangrove jack for Christmas

DECEMBER is upon us already, which means it’s nearly time for the round man in the red suit to bring us all a few fishing treats. Hopefully everyone has been well behaved this year, so the rod racks and lure boxes get well stocked. December is a very busy month on the water. School holidays will see a lot of …

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Guide to fishing Brisbane rivers and creeks

fishing brisbane threadfin

IT’S been a really good winter for fishos in southeast Queensland and this month should be no different. August is generally a very productive month for a wide range of species. The local flathead run will still be going strong and the jewfish and threadfin will remain active for anglers fishing Brisbane’s rivers and creeks. Good numbers of quality grunter …

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Mixed bags in estuaries around Brisbane

mixed bags estuaries around brisbane jewfish

Brisbane River The Brisbane River has been on fire this year, with large numbers of threadfin salmon and jewies caught regularly. Threadfin have been schooling at the mouth of the river at different times. Being on the water regularly will help you work out a pattern, but it has been pretty hit and miss at times. It can get boring …

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Mangrove jack and more around Brisbane

mangrove jack brisbane

It can be a case of feast or famine out there some days. The wharves are mostly carbon copies and don’t have any bottom structure to attract fish to the area. The best way to find fish is to sound around until you see bait schools or predatory fish on the sounder. This can be time consuming but there is …

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Fishing for southeast Queensland flathead

fishing for southeast queensland flathead winter jigging trolling plastics

A lot of the plastics cast and jigged at flathead will be engulfed, which will have your leader rubbing across the flathead’s raspy teeth. Anything under a 10lb leader will struggle to stand up to the sharp teeth of a flatty. Always check the leader after every fish, especially if the lure has gone down the flatty’s throat. A worn …

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Joyous fishing in southeast Queensland

fishing southeast Queensland

Flathead Flathead will show up in big numbers in the local systems this month. The colder the water temperatures get, the harder they will bite, so the next couple of months are the time to chase these tasty treats. Flathead can be caught using a number of techniques. When they are feeding aggressively, they can be quite easy to capture. …

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Southeast Queensland prawns and jacks

I run a Lowrance HDS-12 on my tinnie and if I can’t see prawns on the down scan, I won’t throw my net. It shows prawns up so well that you can pick and choose the schools that are more dense. Yes, it may sound like cheating, but prawning cuts into my fishing time, so I like to maximise my casts. I’m …

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Gearing up to catch mangrove jack

My favourite snags are the ones out in the middle of the river that have washed down in previous floods and become wedged on the bottom. These snags rarely get fished and often hold good schools of jacks, including some really great fish over 50cm. I like to vertically jig these snags. Most of them are in deep water of …

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Flathead fishing planning for the Gold Coast Flathead Classic

Plenty of school size fish up to 70cm are still in the area but the big girls don’t seem to hang there as much as they once did. It is definitely still worth a throw though and you will come across far fewer boats as well. The water depth ranges from 6m in close to about 12m out wide at …

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