Bream in big numbers

IT’S not bream season but because of the rain they are in big numbers but many are undersized.

NICE CATCH: :Mick Kovarik with a trevally he caught on the Gold Coast Seaway at the weekend.  Picture: Supplied.

NICE CATCH: :Mick Kovarik with a trevally he caught on the Gold Coast Seaway at the weekend. Picture: Supplied.

They tend to school up around anything that disrupts the tidal flow - pylons, rock walls and snags. There’s also been quite a few flathead caught in the past week. Top spots have been around the southern bay islands, Canapia Passage, Cobby Passage and banks as well as Kalinga Bank to the Pig Styes.

In the Broadwater they’ve been around the mouth of canal and creek entrances and bridges lit up at night.

There’s been good numbers of mulloway caught. Live bait is always the key to success, especially with big ones. Live mullet, whiting and legal tailor are for the really big fish. A few banana prawns threaded up the line is a top bait at this time of year as well.

There were quite a few mangrove jack caught over Easter. The best time has been about dusk, dawn and on the turn of the tide, especially at Jumpinpin and the Broadwater canal systems. A fillet of whiting is a great bait, as are live or dead herring.

There has been good numbers of tailor on the beaches, but most are just legal with few bigger greenbacks since the rain started. Throwing a metal lure in the surf early morning has been productive. Doing the same around headlands, rock outcrops and break-walls also works well, just not as productive through the middle of the day.

Threadfin have been a consistent catch over the past few months, especially in rivers feeding Moreton Bay. Top baits are live herring, banana prawns or lures worked close to the bottom. Top spots are the River Cat terminals on the Brisbane River at night and the wharves on the southern side of the river.

There’s also been a few caught in the Logan River, even in that dirty water. Plenty of prawns are still being caught. Top spots have been around the southern bay islands and further south around the power lines through to Jacobs Well. Offshore there’s been good size dolphinfish at the Point Lookout Wave Rider Buoy and fishing the bottom has turned up tuskfish, pearl perch and snapper.