The fresh water just keeps on pumping out of the channel, which in turn has restricted many estuary anglers opportunities. Reports have been few and far between, although I have been managed some nice threadfin on the troll on the flats in Missionary Bay.
There are a few barra around but they are still a little tentative on the bite, but that will improve in coming weeks.
The best opportunities at the moment are for the sport fishers with abundant schools of northern blue fin and big schools of trevally to the waters east of Hinchinbrook Island. They are best targeted with small metal slices thrown into the schools while they are feeding on the surface.
Northern blues are a good table fish especially if they are seared lightly on the barbeque with a dash of lemon juice, pepper and soy sauce…my mouth is starting to water.
The reef has been fishing well, mainly with reports of good sized trout. A few mates of mine that are ‘in the know’ have said the wonky holes or seabed freshwater springs have been running well and there have been some good large mouth nannygai coming from them, as well as goldspot cod and never ending schools of tealeaf trevally.
The fresh has also stirred up the bait schools in the shipping lanes and has seen many school-sized Spaniards show up, which is a little unseasonal. A few sailfish have also been encountered and I would put money on some bigger black marlin hanging around the tuna schools, but I don’t think anyone has been giving it a go lately.
In March I would expect to see some improvement in the estuary and barra fishing but that will depend on what happens with the end of monsoon rains. Offshore should still be the best option during this month with the making tides up the moons as the better periods to go, weather depending.
There have been some ripper logs floating in the shipping lanes which makes night trips a game of Russian Roulette, so beware the foolhardy few.
The South East certainly has an awesome playground in the form of Moreton island, and I was very lucky to have a visit just before the massive flooding. I was stunned by the clarity of water, and the snorkelling at Flinders Reef was up there with the best I have seen on the Great Barrier Reef.
There were also some great tours on the island and one of the best for the whole family to enjoy would be snorkelling the wrecks with Andrew and Erin from Get Wet Sports. The fish life was amazing and you don’t have to be a good swimmer and if you would like to book contact Micat at www.micat.com.au .
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