Anglers reel in good catches in estuaries

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - SPORT - GARY HOWARD

THERE was some great weather this past week and, de­spite the cold, plenty of anglers have been get­ting out to wet a line.

Our lo­cal estuaries have been worth a fish with a mix of bream, flat­head and whit­ing.

You will find some nice bream on the Shorn­cliffe

Pier but you will need to fish around the py­lons as this is where the bream are hold­ing.

Fish a lit­tle bit heavy, use a bit of berley and fish in the shad­ows for the best re­sults.

The mouth of Cab­bage Tree Creek is good for a few flat­head and some bream in the deeper holes.

The same ap­plies for Nudgee Creek with a nice run of pan size flat­head here.

If you are chas­ing a feed of diver whit­ing try the stretch from New­port wa­ters across to the front of Scarborough Boat Har­bour.

The fish have been here for a few weeks now and it is a good op­tion, af­ter you have snuck around the front of Scarborough, to try for a few bream and tai­lor.

Across the bay good num­bers of whit­ing can be found in front of the Sand Hills where the fish have been just off the drop off.

Do a few drifts to find where they are then try an­chor­ing to stay on the school.

A few anglers are start­ing to pick up the odd school mack­erel around the bea­cons but at this stage most are a bit on the small side.

If you are head­ing offshore the south­ern More­ton reefs are pro­duc­ing bet­ter than the north­ern end, with both the shal­lows and the deeper ar­eas good for snap­per and pearl perch and also for the odd king­fish.

Out off the Sun­shine Coast, places like Wide Caloun­dra have been hit and miss.

Of late it seems to pro­duce bet­ter on the af­ter­noon tides for the snap­per and pearlies, while the top of the reef fishes okay dur­ing the day for a few small par­rot and sweet­lip.

While the beaches of north­ern NSW are kick­ing into gear with the tai­lor, they are still patchy up this way.

That’s fairly typ­i­cal for around now and the next full moon in Au­gust is when we tend to see the bet­ter num­bers of tai­lor start com­ing through.

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