THE freshwater fishing in local dams has been a bit of a hit and miss affair, with the fish scattered about, and it's taking a bit of searching to find the schools of fish.
An increase of shrimp and small red claw in the North Pine Dam is an encouraging sign that the fishing will improve as they move in to feed on the bounty.
Wivenhoe Dam is producing a few basses, and conditions will improve for the fish to start schooling up again.
Wivenhoe Dam is producing a few basses, and conditions will improve for the fish to start schooling up again.Michael des David
Liam Gibson, an angler from Brisbane, caught a saratoga at the Hinze dam. He used a Zman surface frog matched to a Samaki Archer 1.3 kilogram rod with an eight pound sunline on a Shimano Stradic reel and six pound fluorocarbon leader.
The fish was 56cm and not the biggest saratoga that Liam has caught. His biggest fish of this species is a 68cm catch.
Snapper fishing has been good around the shallows, and land-based anglers are fishing in the Redcliffe area have been doing well. The tip is to use fresh bait.
Locally caught live bait, squid or banana prawns are the best of the baits-fish at high tide with little or no sinker.
Wellington Point, Cleveland Point, Raby Bay foreshore and Coochiemudlo jetty also produce land-based snapper.
Tailor fishing is also an excellent option for land-based fishing.
A kilogram or two of fresh pilchard bought from your local bait and tackle store is always handy to take along in any evening fishing session.
Mulloway is still biting, and windy conditions seem to encourage them to feed more freely.
With rain and overcast conditions forecast for the week, it may be worth your while to suffer a bit of discomfort to target these fish. But please do it safely and don't go out in conditions which your craft is not designed to handle. Also, it is safer to fish with a friend than on your own.
Winter bream have arrived, and I caught a healthy fish of mid 30cm range on a live hardyhead last weekend.
If you have any fishing questions or photographs of your catch, please contact Michael at email@example.com