Mangrove jack are back

We are starting to hear of the first few mangrove jack for the year being caught.

A GOOD FEED: Jack Sanker and Taylor Waghorn with their hands full of early season mud crabs. Rain has seen a few caught on the run-out tide.

A GOOD FEED: Jack Sanker and Taylor Waghorn with their hands full of early season mud crabs. Rain has seen a few caught on the run-out tide.

The reports came from the Stockyards just south of Slipping Sands at Jumpinpin, Coomera River rock walls and marina entrances and the Nerang River, especially around private jetties, rock walls and boat ramps.

Bait anglers have had the best success with a fillet of whiting wafted in the current close to sunken snags.

Lure anglers have had best success using spinner baits or soft plastic lures that can be dropped right on to the snag and worked back from the first crank of the reel.

It is still early in the season to target mud crabs but recent rain has seen a few caught on the run in tide at night by those working deeper holes in the smaller drains and creeks.

Quite a few are either empty or soft shell so you will put a few back before you get a feed.

Sand crabs are a better option with excellent catches off Wellington Point, northern jumpinpin from the Power Lines to the top of Macleay Island and in the northern Broadwater.

Bull shark numbers have increased in all estuary waters. Top spots in the Logan River include the Albert River junction, Skinners Park, Rotary Park Road Alberton and under the Motorway bridge.

They have also been caught in the Brisbane River as far up River as Colleges Crossing.

In Moreton Bay there were snapper caught over the past week. The top spot was the Redcliffe Peninsula but there were also a few caught from the shallows around Peel, Mud and Green islands, especially for anglers working the hour before daylight.

There have also been a few tuna in the northern bay from Mud Island to Bribie so keep an eye out for the birds.

Mackerel catches were a little slow this week. The anglers trolling deep in the Rainbow Channel are still catching fish but you need to put the hours in the get results.

Offshore catches have been dominated by snapper, pearl perch and trag for those float-lining or fishing the bottom and there have also been a few dolphinfish around wave rider buoys.