What is on the bite in the bay

LIFETIME CATCH: Jean-Pierre de Mezieres with the catch of a lifetime, a 110cm barramundi from the Nerang River - released back into the river.

LIFETIME CATCH: Jean-Pierre de Mezieres with the catch of a lifetime, a 110cm barramundi from the Nerang River - released back into the river.

Whiting are dominating catches for those using bloodworms.

The Nerang River is one of the better producing places although whiting are also being found in the Logan River around Ageston Sands.

There are not as many reports of whiting in the Pine or Caboolture rivers but there has been plenty in Pumicestone Passage, especially at creek mouths. Flathead have been in good numbers, especially anywhere there are prawns.

Top spots include the southern bay islands and the Power Lines to Giant’s Grave. Like someone turning a switch, the prawns came on over the weekend. Word got out quickly and the action was thick and fast. Top spot was at the mouth of the Logan River but plenty were caught off Nudgee, Redland Bay and the southern Bay islands.

On the north side the better catches came from the deeper holes on river bends in the Caboolture and Pine rivers. The Brisbane River continues to turn up threadfin in good numbers. Top technique is to hop vibration lures or imitation pawns over the bottom.

In the bay there’s been few sand crabs over the past month but numbers improved over the weekend. There were good reports off Wellington Point, in the southern bay along the western side of Macleay Island and northern Broadwater.

There have been school mackerel down the western side of Moreton Island, inside South Passage Bar and the top of the Rainbow Channel. Anglers putting in the effort are catching a few snapper at Harry’s and other artificial reefs in the bay in the past week.

No big fish have been reported but often the better catches have been on a tide change in the middle of the day. Most of the action offshore has centred on pelagic species. Spanish mackerel have been in good numbers around exposed reefs.

The Sunshine Coast has had a bumper season with plenty in the 10kg to 15kg range and a few fish of more than 40kg. Not many spotty mackerel have been reported, just a few off the Moreton Coffee rocks and Gold Coast shallow reefs.