April offers a range of species in the Southern Moreton Bay region. The winter species start to make their presence felt and the summer fish will still be around in numbers. Pelagics will improve in size as the water cools, so it’s a good time to dust off your heavier tackle. Anglers should also consider targeting prawns – especially if we get some good rain in the catchment. The lower reaches of the Logan River are a popular area to look for prawns, as is the Redland Bay Passage and further south through to Jacobs Well.
Chopper tailor and a few greenbacks will start to show up in the channels around Macleay, Coochiemudlo and Snipe islands and along the shore from Redland Bay to Wellington Point. Some good fish have also been working around the bar entrances. Tailor are suckers for pilchards drifted down berley trails just on dusk or in the evening. Many experienced tailor anglers will set several baits at different depths in order to find where the fish are feeding. The fish usually move closer to the surface as the evening progresses, but covering a range of depths will increase your chances. The shallow reef and gravel beds along the shoreline can produce good numbers of tailor and unweighted baits work well in these areas as fish can be very wary of big sinkers splashing down. Try tossing a few poppers around these areas in the morning for trevally, bream and pike.
The rocky shallows of Mud, St Helena, Green, Peel and Goat islands are great places to chase bream. Lure fishers will have a great time tossing small poppers and stickbaits into ankle-deep water. Slow twitching retrieves with plenty of long pauses work well with poppers and a constant twitching retrieve that makes the lure zig zag is perfect for stickbaits. A little further out in 0.5-2m of water, use small plastics such as Gulp Fry and 3” minnows and hard-bodies such as Smith Camions and Jackall Chubbies. Fishing baits such as mullet, chicken gut, mullet fillets or yabbies on a rising tide after dark is a sure way to bag quality bream, along with a few snapper.
Flathead have been a regular feature in catches throughout the year and April should be no exception. Sand and mud banks in creeks and islands have consistently produced good flathead. Try areas such as Pannikin, Russell and Long islands or the lower reaches of the Logan River. Baits such as baby blue pillies, whitebait and hardiheads are ideal but must be drifted slowly along the bottom where the lizards lie. Working over the same areas with soft plastics can yield outstanding results as well. Try paddletail plastics around the 3-4” size, in a variety of colours. Some days bright fluoro pinks and greens work brilliantly while on others, more subdued naturals get the bites so it is worth having at least a couple of colours on hand.
Until next month, tight lines, or for more information on the southern Moreton Bay area, come and see me at Fish Head (Cnr Broadwater Tce and Stradbroke St, Redland Bay, www.fishhead.com.au) or call us on (07) 3206 7999.Reads: 1136