Top spots for catching prawns

HOLY MACKEREL: Neil Stratford with a 12kg Spanish mackerel caught off the Sunshine Coast.
HOLY MACKEREL: Neil Stratford with a 12kg Spanish mackerel caught off the Sunshine Coast.

Most of the talk at this time of year is about cast netting for banana prawns, and as always, there is a lot of people chasing them.

Top spots over the past few weeks include deep holes on the bends in the Caboolture River, Deep Water Bend in the Pine River and the channels and deeper holes in the Logan River upstream of Ageston Sands. They usually turn up in the southern bay at this time of year as well, top spots include the southern end of Macleay Island, western side of Russell Island down to the Power Lines south of the Logan River entrance.

Reports in this area to date have been patchy, the best technique is to move around concentrating on the deeper holes and channels using your sounder to find the schools, hopefully before too many others find them. On the fishing front there has been quite a few mangrove jack caught during this heat wave by those trolling canal rock walls or casting at submerged snags.

Whiting catches have been good in deeper stretches of the Nerang River and Ageston Sands in the Logan River, best time has been the run out tide in the evening. There has been a lot of flathead around, the most productive technique has been to troll so you cover more ground, they’re not schooled up at this time of year.

The bay has been quiet with very few snapper reported, however there are plenty of school and spotty mackerel around the base of shipping beacons along Moreton Island and in the Northern Bay in the shipping lanes off Bribie. Surf anglers have caught plenty of dart north of Brisbane, however the better quality tailor have been south of the NSW border at night.

There are still good catches of mud crabs in the southern bay and at Jumpinpin, look for them in deeper holes.

On the offshore scene current continues to be very strong making it almost impossible to fish, especially the deeper grounds. There has been plenty of dolpinfish around anything that disrupts the current including FADs and Wave Rider Buoys.

There has also been pelagic fish on the move including Spanish and spotty mackerel and a few wahoo and marlin.