Bass playing hard to get at Wivenhoe

PLENTY ABOUT: Ron Meddings with a winter bass caught on Lake Wivenhoe.
PLENTY ABOUT: Ron Meddings with a winter bass caught on Lake Wivenhoe.

Lake Wivenhoe has turned up some winter bass by finding the schools with your sounder and working jigs from the bottom up through them.

With the bream breeding season almost over, a lot of fish caught have been small.

The few bigger fish caught at Jumpinpin have come from the southern bank at Marks Rocks, eastern tip of Short Island, and anywhere along North Stradbroke's southern shoreline from Slipping Sands right around to Swan Bay.

On the Gold Coast the best catches have come from the rock walls of the Seaway, Wave Break Islands break-walls and the edges of the main channels to the Sundale Bridge.

There have also been good catches in the Brisbane River around the Sunken Wall and rocky ledge leading out to Luggage Point.

Unfortunately, unless you put in a bit of effort fishing sunrise, sunset or through the night, most bream have been small.

Chopper tailor to a kilo have been a consistent catch in most estuary waters, the better quality have been on a run-in tide close to the Pin Bar and Southport Seaway.

Anglers fishing the surf at Philip Park and Narrowneck have had mixed results, and your best chance is around dusk into the evening.

A REAL GEM: Nick Chee with a pearl perch caught on a jig east of Moreton Island. These lovely fish are also being landed on paternoster rigs.

A REAL GEM: Nick Chee with a pearl perch caught on a jig east of Moreton Island. These lovely fish are also being landed on paternoster rigs.

Flathead have been in good numbers right through winter with the Pine River a winter hot spot, and good catches in the Logan River at Ageston Sands and throughout all sandy areas at Jumpinpin and in the Broadwater, especially the mouth of the Coomera River south to Crab Island.

There's been plenty of small mulloway caught again this week; the most consistent areas were Marks Rocks in the Logan River, steep banks around Short Island, The Stockyards and Kalinga Bank on the tide changes.

The Gold Coast has also turned up good numbers in the Seaway, especially in the deep hole off the end of the north wall.

Top bait for the smaller mulloway has been pilchards, however the few legal size fish caught have mostly taken live mullet.

Offshore there were a few cobia caught by anglers using live baits and plenty of snapper on the bite but the average size is just on a kilo.

Other fish caught on paternoster rigs on the bottom this week include pearl perch, Moses perch and tuskfish.