Good supply of muddies in the Bay

Len Thorley with a yellowbelly from the timbers. The upper reaches and timbered areas continue to be the best places to find the yellowbelly.

Len Thorley with a yellowbelly from the timbers. The upper reaches and timbered areas continue to be the best places to find the yellowbelly.

Most of the talk at this time of year is about the prawns, there’s a lot of people chasing them.

A few spots have been consistent producers, although you’ll still have to work for your bucket unless you’re very lucky.

Top spots include deep holes on the bends in the Caboolture River, Deep Water Bend in the Pine River and the southern Bay Islands around Lamb, Karragarra and Russell.

They’re not necessarily in the usual places in the southern Bay, you need to move around using your sounder to find the schools.

There’s been quite a few mangrove jack caught during this heat wave by those trolling canal rock walls or casting at submerged snags.

Whiting catches have been good in the Nerang River and Ageston Sands in the Logan, best time has been the run out tide in the evening.

There’s been a lot of flathead around, the most productive technique has been to troll so you cover more ground, they’re not schooled up at this time of year.

The Bay has been quite with very few snapper reported, however there are a few school mackerel around the base of shipping beacons along Moreton and in the Northern Bay off Bribie.

There’s been plenty of dart in the surf, tailor and mulloway have been harder to find, those fishing at night close to rocks have had the best results.

Michael, Jaymie and Corbin Kutschkau with mud crabs caught on the Gold Coast.

Michael, Jaymie and Corbin Kutschkau with mud crabs caught on the Gold Coast.

There are still good catches of mud crabs in the southern Bay and at Jumpinpin, look for them in deeper holes.

Offshore current continues to be very strong on the shallower reefs making it almost impossible to fish. 

The upside is the dolpinfish are hanging around anything that disrupts the current including FADs and Wave Rider Buoys. There has also been pelagic fish on the move including Spanish and spotty mackerel and a few wahoo and marlin.

One the freshwater scene there’s been a few bass on the move in this hot weather, most are schooled up midwater so you need to sound around looking for them.

The upper reaches and timbered areas continue to be the best place to find the yellowbelly. Redclaw are still not in big numbers.

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