Photo: Jayan Sweatman with a great example of a colourful reef fish caught on the inside of Moreton Island.
You can sure tell when everyone is back at work and the kids are back at school… there are less people fishing which means less reports so here goes with what I have.
There is still a lot of bait hanging around the southern end of the passage which is bringing a variety of fish but the two main species are golden trevally and mackerel. The mackerel hit hard and usually run for cover so if you are close to the bridge that means the pylons. Try fishing with a heavy drag to give yourself a chance to get them away from the pylons, this will mean a few snap offs but you won’t lose half a spool of line or braid when it gets wrapped.
The trevally are a hard fighter but will tend to go for open water so they are a little easier to deal with and drag is essential as they are a long hard fight like most trevally. You may pull the hooks on goldens as they have soft rubbery mouths whereas other trevally species have a more rigid mouth structure.
The passage still has good quantities of bream, moses perch and flathead in all the normal spots.
The surf side of the island still has good quantity of whiting but the quality is down a little, which is normal for this time of year. While whiting fishing you will be annoyed by many small dart which are in huge numbers at the moment. These fish are easy to catch as they will take any bait that you have out. They are a good fish to target if you have kids as it’s not important what kids catch as long as they are catching something to keep them interested. Dart are also a hard fighter so if you manage to hook a legal size fish (30cm) they will put on a good show with jumps and big runs.
Bribie Island 4×4 and Camping report
Although the holiday season is done and dusted Saturday nights are still booking out and now that we can have fires up the beach it is even more important to book ahead to avoid disappointment. This can be done by popping into the shop with cash or card or over the phone with card only. You can book up to 6 months in advance so plan ahead to secure your favourite spot.