With the full moon on the April 3 there should be some good fishing to be had leading up to the Easter holidays, which have quickly come around again. There will be a lot of boats around during this time so be sure to exercise some patience and be safe out on the water.
So, what’s biting?
Plenty of quality flathead are on offer from the Logan River mouth near Redland Bay Channel, the southwest side of Russell Island, Pig Styes and the top of South Straddie. Livebait has been a bit easier to gather lately with prawns, poddy mullet and herring getting great results and soft plastic lures twitched through the shallows also going well. Purple, lumo green and yellow are the colours that are catching fish and life-like mullet lures are doing the trick as well.
Apparently someone forgot to tell the crabs that their season is coming to an end. The old rule of ‘months with an r in them’ hasn’t applied this year due to the late rains we’ve had. The muddies have been firing from the lower reaches of the Logan River, the Albert and the Pimpama rivers. Sandies too are going well around Tabby Tabby Island, Little Rocky Point, Long Island and Tiger Mullet Channel.
Some good sized schools of tailor have been coming through the Bar and along the beaches of South Straddie across from the Bedrooms. A few local fishing club boys have been hitting the beach at night with varied results and are saying it’s hard work to find some quality fish. Size is the main concern as the real big greenbacks seem to have given us a wide birth. Not that there’s anything to complain about with plenty around the 1-2kg mark.
Smaller metal slugs are working better from the boat or float a pillie out the back and have a drift. Most have been caught when the schools are feeding and easy to see around the dirty water line near the top of the tide or just inside the Bar short of the breakers. The odd trevally has been amongst the schools as well.
Whiting have been on the chew in the Logan River with the best results coming at night on the smallest tides. Bloodworms and beachworms once again have been the pick baits and some other good spots to try are Canaipa Passage near Oak Island, the western side of Eden Island, Never Fail Islands and Tiger Mullet Channel.
Banana prawns have been around in good numbers from the rivers and look to be sticking around so grab the cast net and get out there as the chance to get a good feed of prawns is hard to resist. Target feeder creeks and drains as they tend to congregate there, feeding on all the goodies that get washed out into the river.
Thanks for all your reports and fish weighed in. Drop us a line at Gem Bait and Tackle if you’d like to order bait or get some up-to-date info on what’s biting on (07) 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--
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