THE biggest influence on fishing over the next few weeks is the recent heavy rain. Some rivers are flowing caramel colour, some faired better.
The Albert and Logan rivers are very dirty. I doubt you would catch much but catfish up-river of Carbrook. There may be a few bull sharks cruising the upper reaches and the odd threadfin hanging around but you’d do better elsewhere for the next few weeks.
Nerang and northern Gold Coast rivers faired bette. Small bream, stingrays and catfish are dominating the upper reaches and the better whiting catches have been from the council chambers out to the Broadwater.
Rivers on the north side of Brisbane did not cop as much as the south side. You need to look at water quality and salinity and decide if it’s too dirty. If so move closer to the mouth.
The eastern side of the bay in the Manly to Redcliffe area is a little discoloured. It does not look too bad but it has reduced the bite for land-based anglers. Deeper water is fishing better than the shallows.
Dirty water in the southern bay and big tides over the weekend made the prawns hard to find. The waters off Nudgee were the pick of locations this week.
The Brisbane River is still producing, although there has been very little caught during the day. Most of the action is in the evenings. Mud crabs have been great in all waterways. It is well worth putting pots in over the next few weeks, even if you are land based.
Out around the Pin and southern bay there is dirty water from the Logan flowing around the bottom of Russell to the bar but if you move around you’ll find areas with cleaner more saline water. Feep holes are fishing better than the shallows.
Surf beaches are brown close to bar entrances so you need to move down the beach to find clean water. Given the recent rains we should see some good mulloway caught from the beaches, estuary and shallow offshore reefs this weekend.
Offshore there’s been a few dolphinfish on the Wave Rider buoy off Point Lookout. The current has made fishing the wider reefs difficult. One of the best options over the next few weeks would be to fish the coffee rock.