Bream still on top in waterways

BREAM are still the main species on the bite.

HUGE CATCH: Hamish Cavanagh with a trevally caught onboard Coastal Sport Fishing Safaris. Photo: Supplied

HUGE CATCH: Hamish Cavanagh with a trevally caught onboard Coastal Sport Fishing Safaris. Photo: Supplied

The top spots are at Jumpinpin are the Mud Clumps east end of Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank and eastern tip of Short Island up to Coby Passage.

In the Logan, the catches are at Marks Rocks and the gazebo area and outside the Logan River at Rocky Point and Giant’s Grave on the western side of Russell Island.

A lot of bream have moved back into rivers and creeks and are hanging around jetties, rock walls and marinas.

PERFECT PERCH: There have been some big pearl perch recently. Benjamin Lockwood landed this specimen while fishing onboard Frenzy Charters. Photo: Supplied

PERFECT PERCH: There have been some big pearl perch recently. Benjamin Lockwood landed this specimen while fishing onboard Frenzy Charters. Photo: Supplied

Tailor numbers continue to be excellent, especially around the Pin Bar and Southport Seaway and Pumping Jetty.

In the seaway, the action has been off the end of the south wall on a run out tide by anglers floating a pilchard out under a float. There has also been good catches in the early evening and through the night on the beaches at the north end of the Gold Coast and the Pumping Jetty.

We’re seeing a few early season big flathead, greater than 80 centimetres, caught by anglers trolling the edge of channels with a deep diving lure that hits the bottom. They have also been caught drifting with a whitebait, hardhead or frog mouth pilchard close to bar entrances.

In Moreton Bay, there are lots of small snapper on Scarborough Reef but fishing can be slow during the middle of the day.

The big snapper reports this week came from ledges on the eastern side of the bay on the turn of the tide. Diver whiting frames with a hook through the eye so they waft in the current has been the best bait.

Keep an eye out for surface activity or birds if you are on the bay as there has been a few tuna around and the odd school of mackerel.

Diver whiting catches are good in most areas. The Cockle Banks and the banks outside the green zone north of Peel Island produced good numbers but most banks are producing some fish. Drift until you find better numbers.

Offshore catches have been mostly of small snapper, with very few big ones reported and the odd quality tuskfish caught. There has been big pearl perch throughout recent weeks.