July means bream season is well and truly under way. There have been plenty of anglers out on the water lately and now that the water temperatures have finally dropped off a little, the bream have been coming on thick and fast.
Although the majority of bream being caught are just legal at best, we’ve had some great catches of decent-sized fish over the 30cm mark. I believe that any bream under 30cm isn’t really worth keeping anyway, because you can’t get much of a feed off them.
I’ve been fishing with large banana prawns, peeling them and using the heads and tails as a small berley trail along the Rock Walls and drop-offs on the southern side of Short Island, Cobby Passage, the powerlines and Kalinga Bank
I managed a good haul on the run-in tide near Cobby Passage in the middle of the day and even scored a nice cod on a live poddy mullet.
Some other good catches have been a 910g bream from Reg Bouchet and a good-sized jack taken by Kurt Buhner from the Logan River near Marks Rocks.
Inside the bar, tailor have been prevalent mainly early in the mornings. Size is the main problem with choppers making up the bulk of catches from the bar through to Short Island. Chris Simpson took a quality 1.5kg specimen from Kalinga Bank along with a couple of smaller ones.
Greenbacks are sometimes amongst these smaller fish but most of the larger fish have been coming from the surf of North and South Straddie. You can’t go past pilchards for bait but the best fish have been caught on bonito flesh and small gar. There are plenty of dart and big bream in the surf as well.
There have been a lot of flathead around, mainly at Kalinga Bank, Canaipa Passage near Oak Island and Little Rocky Point. Small pillies, froggies, whitebait and soft plastics have been the most successful methods for scoring a lizard.
There aren’t huge whiting on offer but they are decent enough at around 400g. They can be taken from the Never Fail Islands, Green Bank, the Broadwater and the Powerlines and as usual worms are the way to go.
Jew have been a little scarce with only a few schoolies coming from Marks Rocks in the Logan and the ‘Pin Bar on live banana prawns and mullet.
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