Bay islands top spot for prawns

Randy Keeble.

Randy Keeble.

There are still prawns around, and the top spots this week have been around the southern bay islands in the deeper holes.

Rivers on the north side of Brisbane had a few but the quality has dropped off.

One of the late-to-fire locations has been the Brisbane River, and it’s well worth the effort at the moment.

The main species on the bite in estuary waters has been bream. There has been plenty caught although the better numbers and quality have been in the fast flowing water that has things that disrupt the tidal flow. Incoming tide has been the best.

The are a few small flathead around as well, this week in a little deeper water, not up on the shallow banks. Your best option is probably to troll the edge of channels.

The big news is the number of mulloway on the bite, with great catches in the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay as well as the Pin and Broadwater.

Even the beaches are producing good numbers from deeper gutters.

The better catches are in the evening, at lighted areas in the Brisbane River or ledges and deeper holes at the Pin and Broadwater.

Jason May with a feed of late season mud crabs. Spanner crabs have also been in good numbers and there are still prawns, especially around the southern bay islands.

Jason May with a feed of late season mud crabs. Spanner crabs have also been in good numbers and there are still prawns, especially around the southern bay islands.

There are a lot of mullet around, which are probably your best bait option for a mulloway, although most of the fish up to a metre have taken a few banana prawns threaded up the line.

Lures worked slowly over the bottom have been productive as well.

Offshore opportunities have been few, and anglers who fished before the winds got up reported good mixed bags of snapper, tuskfish, pearl perch etc on the 29s and 33s off Moreton and lots of small trag off the Gold Coast.

Spanner crabs have been in good numbers as well once you find them.

On the freshwater scene if you have live shrimp, you’ll catch fish, and there are plenty of shrimp around the edges of most impoundments. Lure anglers have to work a bit harder at this time of year. The results trolling have been slow, so the trick is to target rocky foreshores.

Western rivers and impoundments are producing good numbers of cod. Copeton Dam is fishing well for this time of year, and most anglers spending a weekend camping there are catching at least a few.

The big news is the number of mulloway on the bite.