Well, yet again another winter is slowly creeping up on us, meaning the whales will be just around the corner and the water temperature will gradually drop. Hopefully, the weather gods deliver us some nice calm sunny winter days, so we all can get out and enjoy the awesome fishing, camping and boating locations that Bribie island and the bay has to offer. Nothing beats a great days fishing and boating, then followed by an afternoon setting up the campfire and preparing a camp oven roast, then sitting around the campfire with friends and family enjoying the great outdoors.
Featured Image(above): The big flatties have been on the chew around the Bongaree ledge.
Lime pocket, Mission Point, Bulwer, Tangalooma wrecks and Ocean Beach are a few of my favourite local spots to enjoy. Always book camping permits, make sure you bring mozzie repellent and take all your rubbish home with you. The fishing in the passage over the last month has been awesome, with most species getting taken in good numbers and quality throughout. Flatties have been hitting plastics, hardbodys, livies and pillies.
Generally, flatties are widespread but look for current lines, drop offs, weed and coffee rock patches, this is where you will find the better fish. There is also some nice summer whiting around, live worms and yabbies the pick of the baits . The mouth of Coochin, Hussy, Bells and Elimbah creek are producing the goods.
Usually, fish the rising tides as the whiting forage up onto the shallow sandbanks in search of food. Ocean beach is still holding some good fish as well . Bream around the bridge, the oyster leases, the Bongaree jetty and tiger rocks. Jewies getting caught on live pike and mullet around the bridge. Fresh squid and cuttlefish heads are another great bait for jewies. Working big shad style plastics and big hardbodys around the pylons on a night with plenty of moon is another exciting way to target these silver beauties of the estuary. Big cod are also around the same area.
There has also been some nice gt’s and golden trevally working the baitfish schools and prawns throughout the passage. These guys can turn up anywhere. Mangrove jack getting caught at Coochin Creek, Nningi creek, rock bars and the canals. Topwater lures, early morning and late afternoons are a great way to target these estuary brutes. Moses perch, grass sweetlip and squire have been caught on the numerous coffee rock patches in the passage and also around cooks rock, the bridge, the ripples and the Bongaree ledge. On the crabbing side , the sandcrabs have been thick with most trips producing great numbers and quality sandies.
The muddies, also, have been going great with plenty of big bucks around. April and May generally, is one of the best times to target the muddies in the passage. Quite a few crabs we are catching are going over the 1.8kg mark. Fresh mullet, fish frames and chicken frames being the best bait for crabbing.
Also , leave small females in the pot, this generally attracts the big bucks. Out in the bay the estuary cod, snapper, cobia, yellowtail kings, sweetlip, mangrove jacks and a variety of other species are getting caught. Try the ledges, wrecks, artificials and the many other reefs and patches of coffee rocks in the bay. Brennans, Roberts, Smiths, Hutchies, Flinders, Tempest and all the Caloundra reefs holding some great fish.
Over the next few weeks the east Australian current will slow down and then start to push cool water up from down south, making it a great time to get out and get into some awesome reef fishing. Within an hour of all our local boat ramps puts you in some world class fishing. We really are spoiled by choice. When the weather is good , its such a hard decision to decide where to fish, as there is so many options and locations to choose from.
The pelagics also will still be around for a month or so,and as the water temperature cools we will start to see the bigger spanish mackeral, wahoo and tuna heading back up the east coast . So with the days getting shorter and cooler,and hopefully the weather getting more stable and calmer. Means more time to spend offshore relaxing and getting into some beautiful reefies.
Tight lines and “don’t destroy what you come to enjoy.”