Royal catches on the queens
  |  First Published: March 2014

March is the month the water starts to cool down, this in turn will start to switch our warm water species off and cold water species on. It can make fishing a little slow at times but it won’t last.

Don’t count out the jacks just yet, they might get a little hard to entice, but when they do, they are normally brutes coming in at around 50cm+. These guys are trophy fish and way too good a sport to take home to eat – make sure you have your camera on board. A couple of quick snaps and swim them on their way. This is one of the most rewarding feelings an angler can experience.

Jacks are taking both hard and soft lures, chunk baits and live. It’s more about where you place your bait or lure and what time you place it than what you offer them. They are a lot fussier about when they eat not what they eat. You may also encounter some awesome by-catch while targeting these guys; mulloway, cod, and queenfish just to name a couple. Stay switched on, never switch off and hold on.

There have been a few nice queenfish through the passage terrorising the baitfish. These guys can be tricky, they are either quite easy to target or extremely hard. If you can find a feeding school of queenies they should be easy enough to entice, but if you’re using bait you may need to be patient and wait. They have been feeding on live gar and herring schools. These guys have been up around 1m, which at this size are a real trophy. Many people travel to the far north for a fish like that and we have them right here in our back yard.

The whiting are thick at present with most anglers hitting the middle reaches of the passage up around Hussy and Coochin creeks. The surf beach along Bribie is also a great go-to spot for a lot of anglers craving a feed. The size ranges from just legal upwards to 40cm.

There have been a few mulloway landed from the deeper holes in the creeks and all the way down to the bridge. Plastics have been a favourite for most anglers, but if you can gather up a few yellowtails and hook them on live, you will snag one of some real quality. Whole mullet or squid are also killer bait.

The lizards are still kicking around in good numbers. They have mainly been taken at the creek mouths, Elimbah and Glassy being the best performers of late. If you do hit these creeks your bag limit should not be that hard to catch. Small 3-5” plastics have been out fishing bait 9 times out of 10.

Bream and grunter bream have been a life saver for a lot of anglers with good hauls coming from most of the passage. Word on the street is that the Caboolture River is on fire and a sure bet if you’re wanting to target these guys with ease. Yabbies or fresh mullet fillets are gold; they can’t pass up either of these baits.

The mud crabs have been hit and miss, although when you do get one, they are corkers. The sand crabs are a lot thicker with hauls of a dozen out of 4 pots not uncommon. The size varies a little from location to location. South to the bridge is the go-to spot at present and has been for sometime. Both Dunlops and Gallaghers gutters are yielding a feed as well but the size tends to be a lot smaller.

Dolphins, turtles and manta-rays are thick throughout the passage at the moment, so take it easy out there, enjoy the sights and have fun.

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