Snapper on the bite in bay

BIG CATCH: Steven Ward with a nice snapper from Moreton Bay. The bay has been fishing well for snapper. Offshore they are only pan sized.

BIG CATCH: Steven Ward with a nice snapper from Moreton Bay. The bay has been fishing well for snapper. Offshore they are only pan sized.

FLATHEAD continue to dominate estuary catches this week, with many making their way towards bar entrances to breed.

Top spots include river mouths, channel junctions and sandbanks inside Jumpinpin Bar and the Southport Seaway.

It’s also been a good week for mulloway. The hot spots have been Marks Rocks in the Logan River, Kalinga Bank at Jumpinpin and Southport Seaway.

There are a lot of chopper tailor around in estuaries and the surf.

Rod Harrison

Rod Harrison

Northern NSW anglers are reporting fish up to three kilos being caught at night. Closer to home the northern Gold Coast beaches just south of the Pumping Jetty have produced fish late in the afternoon and into the evening. There’s also been a few caught off the jetty.

We are close to the end of the bream season. Many are now skinny after breeding and there are still a few quality fish in Moreton Bay from Scarborough Reef and the shallows of Mud Island.

There were plenty of snapper caught this week. The hot spots were Redcliffe Peninsula, Harry Atkinson Reef and the shallows around the bay islands.

Top bait has been whole diver whiting frames and squid. Diver whiting have been hard to pin down, some anglers having success with others missing out completely.

It seems the fish are not staying on one bank or area but instead moving around a lot.

Anglers that drift or try a lot of different areas before anchoring up are the ones getting the best results.

There’s been a lot of squid in the bay. Once again the Redcliffe area has produced the better numbers and there’s also been some in the southern bay around lit-up jetties and seagrass beds.

Offshore anglers through the week reported plenty of snapper on the bite.

Most fish were from the shallows and were pan size with very few big fish reported.

There’s also been schools of tailor mid-water. It is well worth throwing an unweighted pilchard or soft plastic out if you’re offshore fishing the shallower reefs.

There’s also been pearl perch caught. The better numbers and size has come from 100 plus metres of water. There has also been a few small kingfish and cobia caught on live baits.

Most have come from wreck marks off Cape Moreton.