Snapper to be found in the bay’s shallows

SNAPPED UP: Dan Andrews with a 6.8kg snapper caught at Harry's Artificial Reef at 9am Saturday.

SNAPPED UP: Dan Andrews with a 6.8kg snapper caught at Harry's Artificial Reef at 9am Saturday.

Flathead have been the most common catch throughout all estuaries in the past few weeks.

Trolling the edge of channels and sandbanks is the easy way to target them, just making sure your lure is hitting the bottom.

If you prefer to drift and cast, look for single pieces of structure on the bottom, flathead love to lay beside something.

Top spots at Jumpinpin this week include the western side of Russell Island, the mouth of Behms Creek right through to the Power Lines and either end of Whalleys Gutter.

In the Broadwater, the western shoreline around the mouth of Biggera or Loders creeks, marinas and canal developments to the north have been the most productive for fish. 

There has also been good catches in Tingalpa Creek, Kedron Brook Floodway and Pumicestone Passage around Donnybrook.

There are plenty of bull sharks on the bite.

They are a favourite of jetty-based anglers around the Albert and Logan Rivers, although they are likely to turn up anywhere. 

Especially if you’re using live bait, pilchards or fish flesh.

During the night and at dusk and dawn they cruise the shallows but throughout daylight hours the better catches are in the deeper holes and the main channel down the middle of the river.

Mud crabs are well worth targeting, most anglers who are putting pots in are getting a couple of keepers. 

Sand crabs on the other hand have been elusive.

The best results have been on the edges of the Rainbow Channel.

In Moreton Bay, snapper and the occasional sweetlip have been caught around the shallows of the bay islands.

Those fishing a bit deeper with larger baits have landed legal mulloway and the occasional better quality snapper.

The Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef continues to produce the occasional quality snapper, despite heavy pressure and boat traffic. 

There has been a few spotty mackerel caught in Moreton Bay. 

Top spots include inside South Passage Bar around the Rous channel, Rainbow Channel and Shark Spit area.

There were also reports from the shallow coffee rock along the eastern side of Moreton Island.

They have not been in any numbers off the Gold Coast.

Keep an eye out for a few days of southerly winds which usually fires up the action at Mermaid Beach and Palm Beach reefs.

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