Catches start to improve in the bay area

HUGE TREVALLY: Dan McCormack with a large trevally caught off Point Lookout.
HUGE TREVALLY: Dan McCormack with a large trevally caught off Point Lookout.

We are starting to see the benefit of last month’s rain, with catches improving this week.

Whiting numbers have been good although they do not like dirty water so any run off from recent rains will push them towards cleaner water.

Areas to try are the mouth of feeder creeks and drains at the Pin, the mouth of marinas and creeks flowing into the western foreshores on the Broadwater.

Waterways with a smaller catchment or upstream dam like the Nerang River are cleaner and producing the better catches.

There’s been some better quality tailor on the beaches at night.

During the day there has been good numbers of dart, bream and whiting with a few chopper tailor turning up at daylight and dusk. Noosa North Shore has turned up some good fish to up to three kilos, as has the beaches on Fraser Island.

NICE THREADFIN: John Summers with a 120cm threadfin caught on a pink Micro Mullet lure at Pannikin Island, Moreton Bay.

NICE THREADFIN: John Summers with a 120cm threadfin caught on a pink Micro Mullet lure at Pannikin Island, Moreton Bay.

The shallows of the bay islands have turned up snapper to a few kilos in size, especially for those bouncing lightly weighted soft plastics off the bottom during daylight hours in eight to 10 metres of water.

The better catches by bait anglers have come before daylight or in the early hours of the evening.

There has also been quite a few schools of tuna surfacing throughout the Bay.

Small chrome lures to 40 grams cast and retrieved as fast as you can around the outside edge of the schools has been the most productive technique.

Not many reports of mackerel this week, those that were caught came from the shipping beacons and the Rous and Rainbow channels.

Cast netters have found schools of greasy prawns in the deeper sections of some rivers but it has been hard work catching any numbers.

Mud crabs were expected to improve as a result of the rains but to date they have been hard to find. Sand crabs have been a better option with good catches on the eastern side of the bay and northern Broadwater.

Offshore fishing has been good, trolling has produced wahoo, several species of tuna and a few mackerel. A top spot has been off Point Lookout and Sevens Reef.