GLADSTONE There has been some nice barramundi being caught, both in the Calliope and Boyne rivers. The mangrove jack were not put off by the rain that we had on the weekend, with some fish being up to 55cm.
With the wind still blowing up to 20-plus knots, the offshore fishing has been off limits. This weekend the wind is supposed to drop off so there is a chance to get out to the reef.
Try the deeper gutters, with the smaller tides for those red fish. Mud crabs have been also slow, but next week with the build-up to the new moon they should start to move. Pats Tackle World MARYBOROUGH Over the last week, the rivers have been the place to be, the weather has really dictated where anglers are heading and in the rivers barramundi have been a targeted species with good catches and one angler even using his fly gear and getting hook ups. Mangrove jack have been in good numbers in the upper reaches before the rain.
Prawns have been on the menu too, once anglers found the schools it didn’t take much to get their possession limits.
The creeks along the Sandy Straits below Hervey Bay have produced some good-quality prawns. There were a few reports of muddies on the move and some anglers caught a good feed. Compleat Angler Maryborough SUNSHINE COAST With the recent freshwater influx, whiting have been more prevalent down towards the mouth of the Noosa River. Live worms and live yabbies have been the prime baits.
With the prevailing southerlies fishing the dog beach has been perfect for those wanting to chase whiting on surface, the Bassday Sugapens and the Atomic Hards surface walkers are perfect for the job.
Plenty of bream have also been down towards the Noosa River mouth. Fishing the sandbags at the end of the Dog Beach has seen some good fish landed on bonito and mullet fillet.
The river-mouth flats have also been the place to target large flathead on the run-out tide.
The hot and humid afternoons that will come after the rains will certainly fire up the mangrove jack for the evening and night fisherman. With the recent rains a lot have pushed down river in the pursuit of small bait fish. Successful locations have been Woods Bay, the back of the Noosa Sound and River Mouth rocks. Fresh mullet has been the bait of choice as the oily flesh lets off a lot of scent in the dirtier water, for those that love a lure, paddle vibe like the Samaki Thumper tails and the Live Target Swim Baits have claim some good fish.
Fishing Woods Bay in the early morning has been rewarding with quality trevally hitting surface lures. Mud crabs are making themselves know throughout the system after recent rains. Get the pots in around the deeper stretches of river that are close to mangroves. Weyba Creek has also been a successful crabbing haunt for quality bucks. Fresh bait like mullet seems to be the main drawcard.
On the beaches, the big swells we have had over the past couple of weeks have really created some great gutters and holes. Whiting, bream and dart have been the mainstays, but with more gutters and more bait the jew and big tailor will be on the chew.
Dedicated night fishermen should see some good results with the new moon later in the month. The rock hoppers have been mainly working the northern side of the headlands with the southerly breezes. The swell is due to drop off a bit so this will make things a little more accessible. Those that did brave conditions got some nice bream and the odd sweetlip.
On the offshore scene, those lucky enough to get out in a window of fishable weather last week were rewarded with good numbers of quality fish.
Some of the larger charter boats made their way to North Reef earlier last week with spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel, sweetlip, maori cod, venus tusk fish and cobia all boated.
For those who stayed close, Sunshine Reef fished well with spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel, coral trout, grassy sweetlip, squire, cod, pearl perch and dark tail sea perch all taken. The rain has stirred up the bait in the rivers, so the closer reefs such as Jew Shoales and Sunshine should be good for some quality reef species. With the onset of the warmer currents and cleaner water, the pelagics are sure to be on fire once again.
In the freshwater Lake Macdonald, the bass were biting in the deep. With the great influx of freshwater, fishing blades, jigs and soft plastics is your best. Blue Blue micro jigs were working well.
Saratoga have been worth targeting in the upper stretches of both the Yabba and Kingham arms of Lake Borumba. Bass are best targeted closer to the main basin of the dam, and around the timber at the junc- tion. Due to the lack of anglers fishing during the week, I thought we could take a look at what good will come out of the week’s weather. With run-off from rain, the freshwater flushes prawns and bait fish out into the river where the water is higher in salinity levels. It’s important to note the same goes for crabs and whiting as well.
Firstly, prawns are now in season, so try working the creek entrances, deep bends and holes in the river. I find prawns love the early morning on the last of the run-out tide to the bottom of the tide. Prawns, generally, move around between tides, this is why they tend to school up in the deeper holes as the tide slows and recedes.
Whiting is the next species that benefits from a flush-out as the bigger fish head down river to the saltier water. Fishing soldier crabs and live yabbies should bag you some quality fish. Make sure to use a long fluoro carbon trace with a size-6 long shank hook such as the Tru Turn 063 hook. You will also find if the days are hot after the rain, the quantity and quality will increase.
The last estuary specie I would like to mention, is everyone’s favourite – the mud crab. Muddies love a good flush and this is when those big bucks are at their best.
Dropping your pots around the mouths of creeks, drains and on the deeper bends of the river should land you a nice feed.
Lastly, they say a drought on the land is a drought at sea.
This saying is correct when we talk about an offshore specie that love a good drop of rain. I’m referring to none other than the coral trout. This great-eating fish inhabits some of our closer reefs such as Sunshine and Murphy’s reefs. The trick to hooking one of these beauties is all about the bait and technique. The best bait is live yakkas on a gang of 7/0 Mustad 7766d hooks on a single running rig with the sinker sitting on top of the hooks. The technique is to drop other baits down first to entice other species to eat first as this persuades the trout to start eating. Davos Bait and Tackle Sunshine Coast MORETON BAY At Redcliffe, fish for bream, flathead and whiting in Hays Inlet, Pine River and along the Scarborough foreshores. Fishing the mouth of Elimbah and Ningi creeks, there is a chance for bream, flathead and whiting on fresh baits and soft plastics. Cabbage Tree Creek on the making tide has produced flathead, whiting and bream. Mangrove jack were reported on rock bars and snags. Live baits have been the best.
The Brisbane River has fished for threadfin, squire and bream along the rock walls. Around the channel ledges and channel markers, there have been a few mulloway caught on large curl tail soft plastics. Look for schooling squire in deeper holes and along rock walls early morning and late afternoon. Wynnum foreshores has had flathead, bream and whiting. Manly Harbour along the rock wall at night there have been catches of bream, moves perch and chopper tailor.
Fish the sand flats and the mouth of Tingalpa Creek, for whiting, bream and flathead on prawn imitation lures.
At Hilliards Creek try for trevally, cod, bream and man- grove jack. Trevally and estuary cod were landed in Raby Bay Canals early in the morning. Mulloway were taking live baits at night in the deeper holes and rocky corners of the canals.
Peel Island artificial reef has produced some nice squire and grassy sweetlip on flesh baits and squid early in the morning before the wind picks up.
Bream and whiting were in the shallows, while grassy sweetlip, squire and were caught flathead on the northern side of Coochiemudlo Island.
Macleay Island and Potts Point had flathead, tailor, bream and whiting.
Whiting can be found along most sand banks and channels, including Jacobs Well Channel, Tabby Tabby Island, Short Island, and Gold Banks. Cabbage Tree canal and Rocky Point have had flathead, whiting and bream.
Flathead, mulloway, whiting and chopper tailor were caught at Pin Bar.
At the Coomera River mouth, try for whiting, flathead and bream on the slack tide with mangrove jack and trevally up in the canals early morning and late afternoon. Shae-La-Bree Fishing Tours & Tutoring SOUTHPORT OFFSHORE Kingfish have been landed along the 42 and 50 fathom line using knife jigs, Ocea flutter jigs and live baits. There have been plenty of amberjack in the mix as well.
The closer 42s have also been holding plenty of kingies. squire, and tusk fish were on the 36s east of the Pin and further north along the Cathedrals. The odd cobia has been taken in around the wrecks, while mackerel fishing off Point Lookout has been successful for those after spanish.
A few wahoo and dolphin fish were around the wave rider buoy off Point Lookout and marlin were still being trolled up along the 36s and 50 fathom current lines. Sea Probe Charters GOLD COAST OFFSHORE Mackerel, marlin, dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna have all been the staple catch over the past month and despite the weather being horrible over the past week, there were finally some anglers venturing out yesterday and catching some fish again.
Trolling the local 24 fathom grounds worked well on the billies and wahoo while further south around Mermaid, the Gravel Patch and Palmy, spanish and spotties were caught in numbers.
There have been some squire and snapper also landed early in the morning on the 24 and 36 fathom grounds again float lining worked best.
Kingies, pearl perch and amberjack were also landed around the Burleigh Traps north to the 50 fathom grounds around 27 42. Inshore, there were plenty of mangrove jack landed from the creeks and canals with soft plastic prawns, shads, diving lures and surface poppers working well.
Try live baiting around the walls of Sanctuary Cove and Salacia Waters at Paradise Point on the slack tide. The canal entrances and the Nerang also worked well.
There have been a few flathead around Crab Island and the Aldershots on 85mm Squidgies and Gulp shrimp.
Fishing the Pin scored a few mulloway around the entrance along with flathead mainly along the southern tip of North Straddie. The upper reaches have started to produce banana prawns and these will only increase in numbers over the coming month.
The Seaway produced school jew around the Pipeline and bream from the wall.
A few tailor were taken around the end of the north wall on Raiders and poppers. Mud crabs are about in numbers throughout the Pimpama, while sandies can be potted around Sovereign Islands and Runaway Bay Channel.
In the Tweed, plenty of jack were taken along the structure between Stotts Island and Tumbulgum Bridge. There have also been plenty of fish taken further upstream around the YMCA at Murwillumbah and the sugar mill at Condong.
Try fishing for bass up past the weir using poppers and watch for the snakes. The northern arm has been holding plenty of fish recently as well as the pockets leading up towards Uki. Doug Burt’s Fishing and Tackle Store Labrador MAROON DAM Some nice yellowbelly have been picked up using ice jigs, just west of the boat ramp. Fishing just off the weed line produced the desired results. Bass have also been caught along the bank perpendicular to this location. Bass are schooling on the drop-off in around 9m of water.
Live shrimp has accounted for plenty, and so too has trolling dark-coloured spinner baits through the schools. Red claw catches also continue to be impressive. Steve Wilkes Sports Tuition TWEED HEADS Adverse conditions earlier in the week did play havoc in getting out for a fish, however, yesterday was ideal with light winds and calm seas.
The Nine Mile fired up with catches of wahoo, yellowfin, mac-tuna and the odd GT.
There have been plenty of mackerel landed in around Fido’s, mainly on the southern ledge. For a catch of squire and parrot, hit the 32s behind the Nine Mile reef and further south off Kingy. A few kingfish were taken out around Deep Southern on live baits. My Charter Boat
HARD YARDS: Melanie Ottaway with a top-class blue marlin taken off the shelf. She was fishing with a Shimano Tiagra 80W using stand up tackle. Great effort!