Rain brings the catches

BIG MARLIN: Matthew Farr and Matthaus Guardala with a marlin caught and released just off the Southport Seaway.
BIG MARLIN: Matthew Farr and Matthaus Guardala with a marlin caught and released just off the Southport Seaway.

As a result of all the rain we have had, there is a surprising number of bream on the bite in most rivers and creeks including Marks Rocks area in the Logan, the Sunken Wall in the Brisbane River.

On the freshwater scene redclaw catches are as good as they are going to get for the year, plenty of rain sees most dams rising allowing them to feed on newly flooded grass, less than 2m of water is where the better catches are. Mud crab catches have been consistent over the past week, does not seem to matter what waterway you are working, they are all producing results, especially at night.

Prawns are still in good numbers but you will have to do some sounding around to find them.  Most have moved out of the rivers and creeks, Nudgee is one of the better locations and in the southern bay they are hanging around the mouth of the Logan, but not in the dirty water flowing out of the river.  There has also been good catches at times in the Redland Bay Channel, Karragarra Island and the Saltworks.

There has been good numbers of sand crabs caught over the past few weeks, there has been reports from the western bayside foreshores as well as down the western side of North Stradbroke Island from Deanbilla Bay to Macleay Island.

Redclaw catches are as good as they are going to get for the year,

Dave Downie

Spanish and spotty mackerel are on the bait grounds off the seaway and the gravel wide of Palm Beach Reef, but they are there one day, gone the next, it is very hard to get consistent results.

Offshore there has been good quality dolphinfish around the Point Lookout Wave Rider Buoy, they spook quickly after a few fish are hooked.

Current has made fishing the wider grounds difficult, when you can get a bait to the bottom there has been lots of small amberjack, a few big trag as well as the usual mix of reef species. On the shallower reefs in 30 - 40 meters of water there has been good mixed bags of tuskfish, pearl perch and snapper. 

Targeting pelagics is a good option when the current is up, trolling The Group, Sevens Reef or any of the headlands has turn up a few mackerel and wahoo although most strikes have been from small tuna and bonito.

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