Over the next few months expect to see more storm fronts develop throughout south-east Queensland and the Bribie Island district. Summer storms can be quick moving and cause widespread destruction. When on the water or planning an offshore trip always keep an eye on whether there’s any storm activity predicted or the possibility of any severe weather fronts moving through.
Featured Image(above): Whiting from 8th Avenue
Having live BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) radar readings on storm fronts is a great way to monitor and track storm movements if you are in the bay or offshore. If the severity of the storms already experienced in September and October is going to be any indication of the upcoming storm season to come, then quite possibly it could be one of the worst seasons in years.
In the passage over the last month has seen an abundance of baitfish and baby prawns present. There has been longtail tuna, mackerel, gts and Queenfish cruising the passage feeding on the schools. On the bottom big flattys, cod, moses perch, squire, sweetlips, jewies, and whiting also around. The passage is up to about 15m or so at its deepest and has widespread coffee rock patches, weedy banks, bridge pylons and plenty of creek systems throughout.
There have been some big yellowtail kingies in the bay at present
There’s also plenty of oyster leases and rock bars also. There’s just so many areas and locations to fish or crab. The mangrove jacks also becoming more active with this hotter, humid weather. Using fresh fillet baits, live baits or pilchards is the go for the jacks. Casting plastics up along deep snaggy banks and underwater rock bars another great way to catch a jack.
The summer whiting has really moved into the passage over the last few weeks and live worms and yabbies the pick of the baits. The sand crabs have started to pick up a bit, although weed, jellyfish and plenty of people crabbing out there. Only a couple of muddies around of late, but another month or two and numbers and size in the muddies should increase.
The offshore and Moreton Bay area has been producing fish, although weather, current, and winds making it harder to fish. Over the next couple of months expect wahoo, Spanish mackerel, dolphin fish, tuna and marlin to be moving south of the cape. Trolling skirts and hardbodys is a good way to chase most pelagics. Unfortunately heading out off the cape trolling now days sees sometimes 50 or more boats doing the same. So generally this type of pressure shuts them down pretty quickly.
Some nice tailor caught in the passage
In the bay snapper, cod, cobia and some big parrot getting caught. Sandcrabs, rock crabs and cuttlefish heads the best bait for the big parrot. Pilchards, flesh baits and livies for the cobia, snapper, and cod. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, the tuna and mackerel show up in big numbers out in the bay.
Always check any new fishing regulations or rule changes as you don’t want to get caught out with a fine. So as the weather starts to warm up get the crab pots and trolling gear ready and head out and enjoy the passage and Moreton Bay marine park.” And remember don’t destroy what you come to enjoy”.