TOTALLY HOOKED: Large tailor chasing the bait

IT'S THAT time of year when a lot of anglers' thoughts turn to tailor fishing.

This is the time of year when we load up the 4x4 and make the annual pilgrimage up the beach to Fraser Island, Inskip or the Noosa North Shore.

Yes, these are all great spots to target tailor, but they can also be found on our southern beaches as well.

On the Maroochy North Shore beaches, tailor have been on the chew with some nice-sized fish taken in the surf.

The Maroochy River mouth has been the hot spot with the top of the run in tide also improving your catch rate.

Tailor will tend to follow bait schools into the rivers so Noosa and Maroochy both fish well on the run-in.

The Noosa Northshore up towards Teewah has had some monster schools moving through with good-sized green backs chasing baitfish in the gutters and holes with some even larger fish taken late at night by the anglers fishing for jew.

Tony Guilk holds up a jew fish he caught at Yaroomba Beach.
Tony Guilk holds up a jew fish he caught at Yaroomba Beach.

When targeting tailor the more anglers the better, with more baits in the water the better likelihood of the schools hanging around.

If you are on a good school switch to a slug. Halco Twisters are the way to go and with these you will save time and bait and be back in the water faster ready for the next fish.

Tailor will feed on flesh baits with the humbler pilchard the mainstay of a lot of anglers.

Fresh mullet, bonito and squid have also claimed their fair share of fish.

Fresh tailor can also be used as a bait as anglers try for larger critter like jew and even spanish mackerel.

Planning is all important when you are making a run up the beach with large eskies with plenty of ice, plenty of ganged hook and of course the all-important rod or three, 12 to 15 foot long and sporting an Alvey reel or a large spinning reel loaded with 20 to 30lb mono line is the most common.

A lot of anglers are still using wire trace but there is a real shift to fluorocarbon leader with its abrasion resistance and clarity in the shallower water.

Running sinker rigs and paternoster are both used.

Finally the hooks ganged are the mainstay but a snelled rig is also very popular.

Now for all the latest information log on to www.fishingnoosa. for up-to-date bar and fishing reports and don't forget to drop into Davo's Tackle World Noosa or Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle at Marcoola to find out what's biting and where, and remember tight lines and bent spines!

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