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Tuna Spinning Moreton Bay

Wednesday morning brought good weather and fantastic boating conditions- ideal for a day in the bay. With rumours of early season Tuna arriving in the South East the boys ventured out for a spin.
In recent weeks large bait schools have moved into the Southern Bay bringing various types of Tuna with them. Bonito, Watson’s Leaping Bonito and Mac Tuna are making up most of the numbers with both resident and migratory Long Tails working large bait fish on current lines and channel ledges.

Both Mucho Lucir and Smith Metal Forecast chrome lures accounted for the smaller Tuna species; the larger fish of the day fell to Snapback soft plastics and an amazing surface strike on a Yozuri Hydro Pencil.

For any information regarding Tuna Spinning and tackle requirements come in and see us at Jones’s Tackle.


Customer Jigging Trip: 13-09-09

September 13th saw the Jones’s Tackle crew and customers heading off Cape Moreton on another jigging foray. The game plan was to fish the shallow reefs chasing Amberjack & Kingfish on the lighter jig tackle. This type of light jigging is mostly using 100-200 gram jigs and some of the best fun you’ll ever have with a jig outfit. Schooling fish and light gear can make for fast and furious action. After this we headed out to deep marks in 100-150m to rustle up some Pearlies and Kings. Boat skills are really important out here; pinpoint positioning using sounder and GPS is a must to get your jig amongst the fish. The Kingfish at this depth are often only slightly bigger than the shallow water schooling fish but the Pearlies can be XOS with 3-4kg specimens not uncommon.

A range of jig styles were practised and refined on the day; the less experienced jiggers on board took home new techniques that will do wonders for their confidence and catch rate in the future.

Jones’s Tackle offers jigging trips for customers who have purchased their gear through the store. Anglers with any level of experience are welcome; a typical group on board will range from first timers to seasoned jiggers.
Experienced staff members are always on hand to help with rigging and jigging techniques.
For more information contact the team at Jones’s Tackle- (07) 3857 5857.


Sale Preview Night: 26-8-09

Last Wednesday 26th August 2009 was the preview night for The Super September Sale for VIP customers. With prices reduced on many key products as well as special VIP discounts, everyone got to take home a great bargain. Gary Howard joined us for nibbles, beer and wine; and chatted with customers, sharing his knowledge of surf fishing skills and techniques. If you didn’t make it along to the preview night, you can still pick up on these specials for the rest of September. Thanks to all who came along and made it a great evening. See you in store soon.


Winter Jigging Trip

Through Winter 2009, the jigging has been fantastic, with big Amberjack being plentiful, as well as smaller ones, Yellowtail Kingfish in abundance and numerous Pearl Perch.
The season started out well, with a number of trips out in our own boat scoring good sized Amberjack between 1m-1.2m all released in good condition.
Jigging is always such a buzz, due to the fact that large fish are often caught within seconds of the first jig being dropped to the bottom. So often, when using quality jigs a strike occurs almost instantly, with the resulting adrenaline rush helping to provide the energy required to muscle the fish to the surface. Spin reels like the Stella 20 000 have the pulling power to get these large fish under control and to the boat in best condition for release. High speed retrieve is not required, as maximum time working the jig in the target area is achieved with a slower speed retrieve. It also delivers the guts to fight these larger fish who have the ability to brick you in the first few seconds of the battle.
There have also been large numbers of smaller Amberjack and Yellowtail Kingfish in the area.They just love jigs and put up a fight much bigger than their size. With these, it is important to remember the new sizing and bag limits, which is 75cm for Amberjack and 60cm for Kingfish, and maximum bag limit of 2 for Amberjack and Samsonfish combined, and 2 for Yellowtail Kingfish.
This makes it important to take care with all fish that are to be released, so as not to jeopardise our future fishery.
Large Amberjack should always be released, as the eating quality is not worth the death of a fish so valuable to the fishery. Pearl Perch on the other hand are beautiful eating and are fun to target on jig. A different jig style is generally required, and a slower, steady retrieve of a hooked fish is essential.
Pop in and see us for more information on our customer jigging trips that are back in full swing. Customers who have purchased their jig gear with us, are invited to join us on board a local charter boat with 2 of our staff to assist with info on techniques and to help with knot tying, jig selection etc.
We have just completed two customer jig trips with hot bites from Amberjack and Kingfish on both occasions.
At some stages through the day multiple hook ups resulted in everyone battling frisky fish at the same time. This certainly kept the deckie on his toes as most fish were being released in good condition.

Goldens’ Galore
Posted by Steve

In early July the boys ventured to the pristine waters of Hervey Bay in an attempt to close the lid on the 08/09 Golden Trevally season. June/July traditionally sees the Goldens move off the flats and into the deeper waters of the bay. These fish typically range between 80-95cm and are fantastic sport on light tackle. The results were ones normally dreamt of with 46 Goldens caught over 3 days. Throw in 2 lovely Queenfish, sight casted in very shallow water and countless other trevally species. It was a trip to remember.

For any information regarding the light tackle Hervey Bay Sport Fishery and techniques, drop in and see the crew at Jones’s Tackle.


Jigging Trip 17-05-09

Lyn and Neil ventured out on Sunday for some Autumn jigging.
We encountered some quality Amberjack and also found big schools of smaller A.J’s that kept us occupied for a few hours.
Hots Keitan jigs in the bigger sizes up to 250g along with 200g Smith Tachyume jigs on the lighter gear worked a treat.
These are rapidly becoming our goto jigs for Amberjack.
You really have to see the finish on these jigs, no wonder the fish love them.
The other gear used was our much cherished Smith jig rods and Stella reels.

For any advice on jigging drop in and see Lyn, Neil or Steve.


Pelagics in May

Traditionally May is fast fish time in South East Queensland and this year hasn’t disappointed.
The long tails have been scarce with the first of the westerly wind arriving, however this should improve over the coming weeks.
Recent trips in both Northern Moreton Bay and Hervey Bay have been turbulent at times but persistence and a little know-how has put a few hefty specimens in the boat.

For all the latest advice and tackle for catching pelagic pop in and see the crew at Jones’s Tackle.
Dont forget to mention Happy Birthday to receive your discount and slice of birthday cake.



 Jones’s Tackle would like to invite you to its 20th birthday celebration !!

In May 1989, Lyn Baxter took over Jones’s Tackle from Rob Jones, who had owned the shop for three years prior. For the last 20 years, Lyn has been building up Jones’s Tackle to be Australia’s most well respected premier fishing store for specialist fishing tackle. To celebrate her business turning 20, Jones’s Tackle is having its 20th birthday party for the entire month of May.

If you are a member of the Jones’s Tackle VIP Club, special discounts apply to you from the start of May. With up to 15% off instore prices, this is an offer not to miss. Just come in to Jones’s Tackle and wish them a “Happy 20TH Birthday” and receive special VIP discounts AND a piece of birthday cake. Birthday party activities will be going on in store, with chances to receive presents and extra prizes as well as discounts for the entire month of May.

Pop in store to join the VIP Club- it’s free! If you are already on the Jones’s Tackle mailing list, you are automatically a VIP member, and we have your VIP key tag instore waiting for you, if you have not yet received it.

With each purchase, your VIP status also ensures that you are in the draw for the VIP prize- a rod and reel, lures and accessories- which is drawn every couple of months.

Lyn says at Jones’s Tackle their aim has always been to offer you excellent service- “As our customer, you will be treated in a friendly and professional manner. Our experienced staff, who are all keen anglers, are able to give you the best information about the gear you wish to purchase from our extensive range of quality tackle. Whether you are a beginner or a tournament angler, we understand what gear you need to achieve success in your day’s fishing.”

Jones’s Tackle would like to thank you for your support over the years,Kind Regards,

Lyn, Neil, Steve and Nigel.


Seminar Night: 27th March

Friday night was a huge success with 250 people in attendance. Thanks to everyone who came along. Gary Howard was guest speaker and covered important Surf Fishing topics such as:

Successful skills and techniques for catching tailor,whiting, bream, dart and flathead
The effects of tides and moon phases on when and where to catch fish, live bait gathering techniques, bait rigging, lure fishing the surf… and more.

The new Gary Howard Surf Special 12′ light surf rod was the most popular on the night.

Gary Howard and Alvey rep Rob Duncan

Gary Howard

The full view – with Lyn Baxter (Jones’s Tackle owner) introducing Gary Howard.


Special Offer


* In conjunction with Jones’s Tackle, Kingfisher Bay Resort Group is providing a special promotion especially for Jones’s Tackle VIP customers. This provides YOU, our valued customer with online access to specials and hot deals from Eurong Beach Resort and Kingfisher Bay Resort. Access to the Reward site can be found at and will require you to enter the code: JTVIP.




The how, when and where of catching whiting, tailor, bream, dart, flathead and other beach species from the shore throughout the year. Gary Howard will cover “reading the beach”, gutter formation, where in the gutters to fish and for which species; bait fishing-dead baits & live baits, lure casting- slugs & soft plastics. In particular, Gary will share his latest secrets on how to catch ‘super-sized’ whiting in the surf.

SPEAKER: Gary Howard

Gary’s presentation is a ‘MUST SEE’ for beginners and for those wishing to improve their skills & success. He’s a renowned fishing & boating writer/presenter, an inspirational speaker, and a custom rod builder who owns Gary Howard Performance Rods.


  • Selection of appropriate tackle for targeting the different beach species and different surf conditions- rods, reels, line, sinkers, lures and hooks.
  • Gutter formations- how to ‘read the beach’. Which gutters to fish for the various species.
  • Successful skills & techniques for catching tailor, whiting, bream, dart and flathead.
  • The effect of tides and moon phases on when and where to catch fish. Planning for best success.
  • Live bait gathering techniques- beach worming, and collecting pippies, yabbies and baitfish
  • Bait rigging- live and dead baits.
  • Lure fishing the surf- soft plastics versus casting lures.
  • How to beat the ‘dreaded weed’
  • Caring for your catch- ensuring the fish you catch are at their best for the dining table; or if you wish to release them, how to ensure their survival.

$8 entry fee- includes infor & fun, food (deluxe sausage sizzle), & a chance to win the door prize (see details overleaf). Drinks may be purchased.

The seminar will be presented in the car park (closed off to vehicular access for the evening, and specially lit. Rain no problem). Enter via front door. Inside the shop our exciting range of fishing tackle will be for sale, with extra DISCOUNT INCENTIVES for purchases made on the evening or next day.

With Easter only two weeks later, this will be an excellent time to take notes on the best gear for success, and to receive guidance on your requirements. Speak to Gary, one of Jones’s Tackle’s
experienced staff or one of the available representatives from Alvey and Gary Howard Performance Rods. Please advise if you’ll be attending so we can cater adequately for you.

Jones’s Tackle- address & booking details: Please advise us if you will be attending this seminar.

Jones’s Tackle:
504 Lutwyche Rd.
Lutwyche, Brisbane
Australia, 4030.
P: (07) 3857 5857
F: (07) 3857 3378

To join our mailing list and receive online specials and information- Please email with your name, email and contact details.

2 nights motel accommodation for up to three people at Eurong Beach Resort which is the perfect beach-front base for fishing holidays, four-wheel-driving adventures and exploring Fraser Island. The resort boasts a modern restaurant and bar overlooking a large swimming pool. Eurong Beach Resort is set amid hectares of lawns and gardens on the front of Seventy-Five Mile Beach.
You will be right on the doorstep of some of the best surf fishing in Australia.
PLUS: The NEW Gary Howard Surf Special
12’ rod with a NEW Alvey 600BT Turbocast reel- the perfect light surf outfit


March JIG TRIP- Cape Moreton

On Sunday, Jones’s Tackle staff members Neil and Steve along with good mate Chris braved the 20 knot North Westers to jig for a few Amberjack on the reefs off Cape Moreton in South East Queensland. Despite the rough conditions the boys jigged some quality Amberjack, all of which were released to fight again another day.



Pick of the jigs on the day was 250 and 350 gram Hots Keitan Jigs

For all your jig gear and expert advice contact Neil at Jones’s Tackle