Catch quota of winter whiting
THE cold snap that came through early last week has brought the winter whiting together in numbers with some great catches to be had.
Although there is no great size in winter whiting, you can now get your bag limits in about 45 mins if you are right on top of the patch in your boat.
For those beach fisherman you may have to work a little harder to get your quota and my tip would be to try the gutters at the mouth of Theodolite Creek or if you have access to a 4WD to run up the beach and fish the gutters in the Burrum River.
Snapper are also on the move with some great catches on the inshore reefs with small whole squid or pilchard pieces proving to be the best baits.
Once again the Z-MAN soft plastics are showing to be a real hit, with the snapper taking a liking to the 3” Minnowz (baby bass) with a 2/0 chinlockz hooks or for you bigger fish the 8” Streakz (baby bass) with a 1/4oz 2/0 hook in the tournament range.
The water has cooled down a fraction around the rivers and creeks but the mud crabs are still very thick in numbers and are also quite full.
Warren Sirl of Bundaberg recently caught two beauties in the Burrum River.
“I decided to throw a pot in of the bank whilst I was having a fish and was surprised to find two good size muddies had found their way into the pot in less than one hour,” he said. Warren decided to leave the crab pot in overnight and as a result he was able to add an extra three crabs to his catch. (see photo).
Over the next coming weeks the weather is shaping up to be fantastic with the majority of the winds coming from the W, S/W which will have the waters at Woodgate beach looking like a lake. So take the opportunity and bring the boat down for a fish or just a day out with family cruising the water.
For any information on fishing reports or hot spots, feel free to pop in to Serenity Cove Cafe and ask our friendly staff.
Warren Sirl with some good size mud crabs.
Sunrise on a winter day in Woodgate.
Cleaning down boat after a days fishing for whiting.