Finally the clear waters are starting to work their way back in to the bay, however there are a couple of cyclones looming off our coast threatening to dump a lot more rain in our area. It has certainly been a year to remember and we are only a few months in to it!
Huge schools of baitfish are everywhere in Platypus Bay. The pelagics are giving them curry with 25kg+ longtails, mac tuna, mackerel, queenfish and golden trevally carving them up close to Fraser Island.
Small black marlin are also in on the action. They have been seen free jumping among the chaos as the birds and fish get in for their fare share while the bait is condensed.
Sharks are still a problem robbing anglers of their prize fish metres from the boat and are a healthy reminder to keep the snorkeling gear at home for a while yet.
The reefs are fishing well too with cod, trout, hussar, spangled perch and, surprisingly, snapper over 5kg feeding on the walls of bait congregated at most hot spots.
Live bait and plastics are producing the better fish and with snapper on the go already you’ve got to think it is going to be a bumper year ahead.
The artificial reef has also fished well with some huge jewfish taking live bait, squid and fish fillets and there have been cod, blackall, sweetlip and a couple of jacks working the area as well. Bagimba Ledge, Moon and Mckenzies are all fishing well for cod, squire, parrot, coral bream, blackall and golden trevally on a mixture of live and dead baits and plastics.
Like the rest of the bay, sharks are in numbers in these areas and are very taxing on fish and gear.
Crabs and prawns are still in numbers. There have been a few threadies, jacks, fingermark and cod on hardbodies, plastics and live baits.
Flathead and bream have been all over surface lures and plastics worked in close and along the dirty water lines. So if the weather leaves us alone it should be top notch in the months ahead.Reads: 1621