Tags: Fishing report. Tide times. Fishing spots. Bribie island. Moreton Bay. Brisbane. Queensland
Well, what a beautiful month of weather we have just had – light winds and clear sunny skies throughout most of July. The current out off Moreton has been running quite slowly of late, and the last of the whales are moving north up to the Hervey Bay area. The visibility throughout the passage, the bay and Moreton has been spectacular. Over the next month, we should see similar weather patterns continue.
Featured Image(above): There’s been some nice big golden trevally getting taken around Bribie Island
The fishing in the Bribie Island area over the last month has been great and will continue to fish well for the next couple of months. In the passage, the bream have really picked up with size and quantity. The bridge, the oyster leases, the Bongaree jetty and Tiger Rocks producing some nice catches. Fresh prawns, mullet fillets, chook gut and pilchard fillets working well. There has also been some nice tailor in the passage and they are fairly widespread at the moment.
5.6kg of beautiful eating venus tusk fish
Tailor move quite quickly, so one day they may be there, the next day they’re gone. Whole pillies unweighted is the best way to target the tailor. Keep an eye out for schools of tailor chopping at the big schools of hardy heads in the passage at the moment. Spinning metals, plastics, surface lures or hardbodys will usually get a few when they are chopping hard on the surface.
Standard mixed bag from the Cape Moreton reefs
The dusky flattys have been still on the chew. Fish the 1-2m deep flats or run off drains throughout the day well up the passage creeks. The flattys love sunbaking up on the flats during the winter months. Spin plastics and hardbodys slowly across the current lines or drop-offs. There’s also been some great squirey snapper coming from the passage with some fish over 4kg getting caught well upstream of the bridge. Drifting through the passage float lining whole pillies or diver whiting a good way to cover ground and catch a snapper or two.
They tend to be pretty widespread but once you find the schools of better fish, generally there will be a few in the area. Anchoring up and starting a good berley trail will also help the snapper school move into the area. The winter whiting has also moved into the passage and bay, squid strips, peeled prawns or worms the go. Using light paternoster rigs and smaller hooks will help you catch a feed.
Some beautiful eating winter sand crabs ready for the pot
Drift around until you start catching a few whiting, then keep drifting around that area until you find the bigger fish. The unbelievably great weather has made fishing the bay and offshore Moreton Island a dream, with some days seeing wind gusts of no more than 8 knots and seas below .6 of a meter. Making it a great time to do those overnight trips out wide. Floatlining the 100m line around deep tempest producing plenty of quality snapper. There’s also been some horse amberjack and kings patrolling the same area. The fish cages producing some nice snapper and jewies.
Roberts, Brennans, Hutchies, Flinders, Smiths and the Caloundra Reefs holding some great mixed reefies also. So with all this great winter weather get out and grab the camping and fishing gear and get out and enjoy the great outdoors.”And remember don’t destroy what you come to enjoy ”