Tags: Bribie Island Fishing Spots. Tide Times. Queensland. Moreton Bay Islands.
REEL LIFE – FISHING REPORT
Another month of warmer weather has seen a great change in how we should be fishing and what we should be fishing for. Summer whiting is now in abundance around the island beaches and sandbars, and those fishing light with either worm yabbies or prawn either side of the high tide are reaping the rewards.
Fish up to 45cm have been filling eskies for those fishing around Woorim and Red Beach. Flathead through the passage are well and truly on the bite now too and seem to be taking anything you can throw at them. I have found that fishing the gutters off the beaches and around the weed beds on a run out with small live baits or strips of mullet or whole pilchard has been achieving best results.
Flicking soft plastics or small hard body lures over the shallows on a rising tide is also producing good numbers of flathead and whiting as the fish move over the shallows to feed. Still, plenty of nice table sized bream around but with the warmer weather upon us, the better fish are being located in the deeper water by day and over the shallows and around the sea walls early morning or evenings and at night.
Once again, fishing lighter with anything like mullet strip, gar, prawns and chicken gut should see good results. There is still some good Jewfish hanging around but they seemed to have slowed lately with only the occasional report filtering through from those fishing around the bridge pylons or Bongaree jetty at night. Squid or live baits will usually get you amongst the fish.
Offshore reefs have seen some great fishing with snapper and good sized cod. Mackerel have also been caught around the southern channel markers and offshore. Looks like it’s going to be a good season for crabs this year.
There are lots of nice sized and full sand crabs being caught in pots and on lines. There seems to be no best bait for your pots, but a whole or half mullet or fish frame won’t hurt your chances of picking up a feed. Still, a few tailor around but they are more of a bycatch now when fishing for other species.
The amount I’ve seen lately you could count on one hand. Mangrove jack is still playing hard to get but as summer draws nearer we should start seeing more of these great fish coming in. More next month.