Alex Brantz with a Sand Whiting caught in the surf ready for the Winter Whiting Competition starting August 1
by Drew Gardiner
August has arrived and it’s a wonderful month to target a multitude of species around Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola Coast.
With westerlies, Tailor begin to appear in larger numbers and frequent the inshore beaches.
Metal slugs during the day between the swimming area and middle rock is a great way to have some fun targeting them.
Flesh baits and pillys early morning and into the evening is the best way to hunt them in low light conditions.
Another species that gather in large numbers during August is Sand Whiting. The shallow flats in the straits and Tin Can Bay provide the perfect environment for spawning.
Fishing the incoming tides, the whiting push up to feed and many fish don’t realise that they are in shin deep water. If you can float your tinny it’s deep enough to catch them.
On the beach, shallow gutters and drains offer perfect protection from predators with sharp teeth and a lead up to a new or full moon is a prime time to fish.
Live or fresh beach worms and yabbies are the favourites and when combined with light gear and a stealthy approach it’s hard to beat the sport offered by these pocket rockets.
Don’t forget the Gardiner Fisheries 2020 Whiting Championship is on from August 1 to November 28. It’s a great way to sharpen or learn new fishing skills.
If you would like to join the fun give us a call on 0404853232.