The last of the cool weather is about to leave us once again. The days are growing longer and warmer and prospects for the Fraser coast angler are looking good. Here is what has been happening around the bay this month.
Flathead have been responding well to cast and trolled lures. Deep diving minnows are the pick when trolling around the edges of rock bars and around shallow reef. Bream have been all over small lures and plastics covering the creek mouths and coffee rock that fringe Fraser Island.
Bream on lures is nothing new, yet at times they need a lot of persuading to take an artificial. However, there are a few tempters worth trying. Changing lures regularly and varying retrieve speed gives opportunities to see which works best. Add one of the many lure scents available or berley for a bonus option.
Every bream lure selection should include at least a couple of crawdad-style lures, small minnows, soft plastics and poppers in varying sizes and colours. Most modern lures come fitted with chemically sharpened hooks, but if not, change them before they hit the water.
Finally, keep line and leader weights to a minimum. If using snap swivels, purchase the better quality slim profile snaps. They do not inhibit the action of the lures.
The 25-Fathom hole has fished well. There have been plenty of 3kg smaller snapper with a few bigger fish amongst them. Scarlet sea perch, coral bream and blackall have also been on the chew and have taken squid and flesh baits.
The southern gutters have been turning up all the usual suspects for this time of year. Snapper, trout, cod, coralies and some top quality scarlets all coming aboard. There have also been a few cobia around the area. Tempted by the live and dead baits, some of these fish are pushing the 30kg mark.
The Coral Patch/Roonies area has been producing plenty of snapper, coralies, spangled emperor, cod, trout and a few decent red emperor. A few schools of silver trevally have been spotted cruising the reefs. However, they are not clever and sometimes when you get on to them a change of location is the only way to catch anything else. Silver trevally hit like a freight train and fight all the way to the boat. They are quite edible, especially if bled and iced straight away. However, most anglers concentrate on the many other superior eating species available.Reads: 581