Whiting in the depths

MULLOWAY CATCH: Daniel Lee with an after dark mulloway caught on an IMA Honey Slap from the Brisbane River.
MULLOWAY CATCH: Daniel Lee with an after dark mulloway caught on an IMA Honey Slap from the Brisbane River.

Whiting catches have been good in the deeper water on the edge of main channels, not in the shallows where the water temperature is lukewarm.

The best results over the weekend came from up river of the Council Chambers in the Nerang and at Jumpinpin’s channel edges on the northern side of Crusoe Island across to North Stradbroke Island.

Flathead have been in good numbers but are not big. Top spots include Ageston Sands in the Logan River, inside the Pin Bar and seaway and the southern bay islands. Most caught have come from larger open waterways and not rivers and creeks.

Bull sharks are plentiful in all waterways, peak time is dawn, dusk and around tide changes. Prawns have been patchy with the better catches still in the Pine River, Kedron Brook Floodway and this week in deeper areas of the Logan River.

The Brisbane River continues to produce good numbers of mulloway and threadfin at night, the best technique has been to use hop vibration lures slowly over the bottom around lit areas or the sloping bottom into the main channel.

In Moreton Bay things have been slow. Artificial reefs are producing undersized snapper and morwong.

Areas with stronger currents like the Four Beacons and Rainbow Channel are turning up a few school and spotty mackerel. School mackerel also are around the larger shipping beacons.

Offshore, Spanish mackerel have been caught at headlands and rocky outbreak areas and a few spotties on the bait grounds in shallows.

There are still a few big mulloway on the shallow reefs and dolphinfish around debris, FADs and offshore buoys.

Bottom bashing has been hard work with with strong currents making it difficult to fish the wider grounds. Anglers having the best success have been waiting untill the current drops under one knot then fishing reefs like Deep Tempest.

On the freshwater scene Wivenhoe Dam is fishing better than it has been for a few years, with reports of 40cm plus fish in numbers for lure and bait anglers.