FISHING REPORT – April 19, 2024

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Fishing has improved, with the winter cross-over starting and Hardy Heads schooling up at the mouth of the passage and the lower reaches. As their numbers increase, the larger Snapper will start to follow, but for now, you will need to settle for some pansize Snapper. Margie Gadd and Ron Russell caught these Snapper.

For those who haven’t met Ron, he is an active member of the Bribie Community. He is involved in the Orchid Society and fishing clubs and recently volunteered his time to pass on fishing knowledge at the U3A. These students are in good hands with a lifetime of fishing under his belt.

Ron has experience in all aspects of fishing, from freshwater for Bass and Yellow Belly to deep sea fishing for large Snapper, Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. If anyone needs some tips, contact U3A for details. Great work, Ron.

As mentioned in my last article, Tailor has recently shown up, with a good-sized school at the mouth of the passage. They have been chasing down heady heads coming out of the water and engulfing these bite-size fish. They have been caught trolling shallow running diver lures but responding best to surface stick baits being cast and retrieved from the shore or boat. With most in the 50cm plus range, get ready to hang on with leaps and fast runs – they make for a very exciting fish to catch.

The offshore scene has been awesome, with schools of Wahoo and Spanish Mackerel being caught in large numbers off Cape Moreton. Bill and Alex had a cracking day catching Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, and Dolphin Fish trolling skirts available from Bait and Cycle at Bongaree. Ron managed his Spanish Mackerel by cubing Pilchards behind the boat and dropping down an unweighted Pilchard on a gang. He also had a nice Kingfish in the mix.