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Cooler conditions welcomed
  |  First Published: April 2012



Reports from the bay have not given us much to cheer about lately. However, persistence paid off for some anglers who made the most of the conditions.

The bay has been fishing well however spotted mackerel numbers are not what we’re used to at this time of the year and with the season fading, attention should maybe be focused on other species.

April is a good month for tuna, with some mornings giving us light west to southwest breezes creating good opportunities to spot and follow these fish.

As mentioned in previous editions Mud Island has turned up some good catches of cod, with some snapper, sweet lip and outstanding bream taken lately.

Yellowtail pike also frequent this area and huge numbers tend to mass on the northern side of Mud, just off the sheet rock ledges. These pike are fantastic bait for all forms of fishing and suckers for small hard bodies or blades.

The northern end of the bay is producing mac tuna in all areas, with some rather large specimens showing up. Mac tuna are another great bait option, particularly for offshore strip baits.

A lot of anglers new to the sport of fishing sometimes struggle with regulations and locations, so remember “The Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide”, available free of charge at all good tackle shops and boating outlets, is a very well put together publication.

BRISBANE RIVER

The river of late has seen steady but not outstanding action, with a lot of catfish making an appearance in past weeks – some coming in at 5-6kg plus.

Bream have still been on offer, while some of larger targets have been absent. On a brighter side April can be great in regards to snapper in the river. In past years the river has shown what a good fishery it can be, giving good sport and table fish to boat and shore- based anglers alike.

FRESHWATER

As our weather continues to cool through autumn, we should see some beautiful conditions around our dams, rivers and creeks.

North Pine Dam is still fishing very well, particularly on live bait such as shrimp, cricket and worm. Previous large pushes of water through late summer and early autumn suit this type of fishing on bottom or float lines. Below the dam has seen large numbers of fish pass through in the last few months, so both North and South Pine lower reaches have been and will continue to fish well.

As flow levels drop in upper reaches and clean sea water makes its way through estuaries, fish can condense in brackish waters making rock bars, causeways and weirs likely spots to target.

Lake Kurwongbah is fast earning a great reputation as an alternative site to its larger cousin. However, it’s important to remember water craft are prohibited if you’re not a member of a recognised club.

Another area worth a look is the Woodford region with many creeks and feeder waterways holding most natives. Red claw are being caught in most regular haunts, so make the most of it while they are still around. A new four entrance pyramid trap is gaining popularity for crayfish and is definitely worth a try.

OFFSHORE

April can be one of our better months for offshore travel with good flat water extending further into the day. Yellowfin tuna is on the list of many anglers at the moment with locations like Deep Tempest Wide, Caloundra and various spots along the 100m line worth a look. Choice of lures for these fish is not hard, with Halco Laser pro series accounting for many good catches.

Wahoo and Spanish mackerel will be around as normal and the fore mentioned Laser Pro, Rapala CD 18 and Magnum dive bait are the best choice of lures.

Snapper, pearl perch and a variety of emperors will all be present along that 100m line as well.

Black and blue marlin can get hearts pumping at this time of year and while these fish can be caught using a wide range of techniques, advice from experienced fishos is an asset for catching these speedy giants. Fishing with dead baits for marlin is preferred by a large percentage of marlin anglers and preparing these baits is an art in itself. The use of bait needles, nose cones and various other hardware is well worth learning.

ESTUARY

Pumicestone Passage, like everywhere in the southeastern pocket has seen massive amounts of fresh water in the past months. April is a time of true change as March can still produce very hot conditions. April is the first month to deliver cooler weather across our region.

In general, Redcliffe, Pumicestone and linking tidal waterways have been slow going last month, with the exception of crabs, which were caught in great numbers.

Luckily April will offer us an improvement in water clarity, a shift in wind direction that gives small craft anglers a better go and the bream will start to move down to more open waters. It will also be our last chance to chase jacks, queenfish and estuary cod. One certain advantage is the cooler weather which allow us to spend longer on the water.

Overall, with a bit of luck on the weather front and clean seawater working its way back, April is a great time to be on or around the water.

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