The fishing this winter has been outstanding and that should be set to continue this month with bream being the most sought after fish.
There are heaps of bream right throughout the ‘Pin so they will be at the top of most anglers’ lists during July. The cooler water temps have also brought on the school jew and tailor, which is great to see as the past few winters thse fish haven’t fished so well.
Flathead and winter whiting are once again going really well, as are the mud crabs, despite winter not traditionally being the best time of year for them.
Bream are everywhere at the moment and you almost can’t wet a line without catching one. Stick to any structure you can find and there will be bream there.
One of the pick spots to try for some quality bream is the deep water of the bottom of North Stradbroke Island where there are sunken trees, ledges and holes in about 40-50ft of water. A lot of baitfish like hardiheads and whitebait runs through this area and attracts all sorts of species at all sorts of depths.
On the bottom you can catch bream, big flathead and jew, in the middle to the top there are tailor, mackerel, queenfish, trevally, and any number of other pelagics.
The main problem with fishing this area is that the tide rushes through very quickly and makes it hard to keep your bait in the strike zone. Sometimes the weather also isn’t very pleasant, making the water quite rough. So the change of the tide is the best time to fish as the run slows and is usually calmest in the mornings.
Some other more popular spots to try are Kalinga Bank, the eastern point of Short Island, Flatrock, the Powerlines and in the deeper water near Lone Pine in the Logan River.
There are plenty of school jew on offer as well in these colder months, mainly being caught on livies but a good fisher tells me that eating quality whole squid works just as well. Spots to try that may have a jew are Giants Grave, Flatrock, Marks and Pitts Rocks in the Logan, the Stockyards off Swan Bay and Kalinga Bank.
Whiting are traditionally quiet this time of year with not many of them being weighed in at all. Plenty of winter whiting have been about and have veeb heavily targeted for their sweet tasting flesh. They are a bit fiddly to deal with when cleaning them but well worth it as they are a top table fish.
Worms and small yabbies are the pick of the baits and try around the Green and Gold Banks, top of Crusoe Island, Tipplers Island or and the southern entrance to Cobby Passage.
July is still a great time for flathead and from all reports there has been plenty on offer in the deeper water off Kalinga Bank and the Short Bank, the top of Crusoe Island, near the Five Ways, the mouth of the Pimpama River and the southern tip of Long Island.
Small live herring, mullet and hardiheads work really well on flathead either on the drift or stationery. They will come up berley trails and I’ve even had one follow a lure to the surface in 30ft of water.
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