Well, the school holidays have begun let’s hope the weather, brings us some beautiful days, so we can get out amongst the fish in the Pumicestone passage and on the Surfside. We have seen a few Mud crabs about Ningi Creek, Donnybrook, Toorbul and in the Banksia Beach Canals, as well as Sand crabs at Bongaree with plenty being caught at Lime Pocket, so grab your pots and some Mullet Heads and you will be sure to get a good feed for Easter.
There has been a few Snapper about with some good size being caught at Cape Moreton, The Ripples, Sandstone Point and Bellara you will need some Pilchards to hook on and always remember let the bait float, don’t sink it, they like to remain on the surface when looking for a feed. One of our regular anglers tried the Ningi Creek yesterday snaring himself five Bream and a good size flathead and also a cod, he was using mullet fillets to catch the Bream, Cod, and Flathead.
You can also get a few Bream about at Banksia Beach, Gallaghers, Poverty Creek, Donnybrook, Turners Camp, Bellara, Bongaree, and Red Beach biting on the usual Prawns, Live Blood Worms, and Yabbies. We have seen some Flathead about Avon Wrecks, Turners Camp, Gallaghers, IGA Bongaree and Bellara with some biting on Mullet fillets and Squid. Whiting is still on the bite, Turners Camp, Red Beach, Bongaree and Bellara grab some Live Blood worms or Preserved Beach Worms to catch a few.
I have been talking to some anglers and the Surfside is proving a good place to catch some good size Whiting and Dart at 1st, 2nd, 3rd lagoon in front of the Campsites, you will need Pippies for the Dart and Preserved beach worms for the Whiting. If you head out to The Bird Cage or even on the surfside at 2nd Lagoon and 3rd Lagoon the Mackerel are on the bite, pick up some Pilchards for a good feed.
You will get a lot a squid near the Bribie bridge at night, great to use for live bait. We have also seen that some anglers have caught Dew off the Bribie Bridge with squid being the best bait. Before we take the kids out on the boat for the holidays please check all your safety gear and make sure all your flares are in date.
FISH KILL AT BEACHMERE
The recent algae bloom in Beachmere Lake is believed to be the cause of yet another fish kill. This latest kill has seen the demise of over an estimated 30,000 fish of various species. OzFish Unlimited volunteers alongside local recreational fisho’s worked hard to save the last survivors. They include Mangrove Jack up to 70cm, Estuary Cod to 80cm, Milkfish to a metre, Tarpon to 60cm and Bream to 40cm as well as dozens of Mullet up to 3kg. Local OzFish Project Manager Ben Diggles said, “It’s so sad to see some many fish gone, however, it’s been fantastic to see local residents and fisho’s rallying together.”
The local council is working to identify and rectify the problem in the short term and re-establish water flow into the lake. Long-term OzFish Unlimited hope to be able to work with council engineers to develop a more permanent solution to repair and restore this vital and highly productive fish nursery in the Moreton Bay area.