You can expect the fishing to improve after the water cleans up, and when the temperature drops the bream should be coming on thick and fast. The best I’ve seen so far is a monster 1.4kg bream caught by Gavin Mason in Whalleys Gutter.
Other good spots to try for big bream are Kalinga Bank, the deepwater out from Swan Bay, Giants Grave, Flatrock and any other steep rock wall you can find. The pick of the baits to tempt them into biting are mullet and chook guts, pilchard bits, steak, big prawns or small garfish.
The tailor have finally shown up, albeit in small schools and mainly only choppers. The odd greenback to 2kg has been caught among them on 20-60g slugs or whole pillies before the breakers at the Pin Bar, Kalinga Bank, northeast tip of Crusoe Island and Slipping Sands.
Jew are still on the chew with most coming from either Marks Rocks in the Logan River or the deepwater off Swan Bay. The best report has been of a 14kg fish that was caught and released off Swan Bay at night on a livie. The general size has been schoolies around 4-5kg but just remember the legal size limit for a jew has gone from 45cm to 75cm with a bag limit of two.
Luke Uni caught a beaut 6kg cleaned jew drifting along the drop-offs of Russell Island. He also gets squire, bream and big flathead in the same area, so it should be worth a look.
For a feed of flathead try around Kalinga Bank, the Stockyards, Double Island, mouth of the Logan and Pimpama rivers, the Junction in the Logan River, Pandannus and Tipplers Island and near the Five Ways. The best baits to try are small pillies, Froggies, big prawns, shallow diving hardbodied lures with a wide action in pink, or the usual suspects in 3-5” soft plastics with small jigheads, just make sure you can get them to the bottom.
Whiting still aren’t showing up in great numbers, but the odd decent fish is still available at night at Alberton Sands, Marks Rocks, Slipping Sands and Tipplers Island. The best baits to stick with are blood- and beachworms.
Remember that the King of the Pin Family Fishing competition is on at the end of the month with a first prize of $1000 cash for the heaviest bream. The comp is held from 29-31 May, and the entry fee is $15 adults $5 juniors (15yo and under) and includes heaps of lucky door prizes.
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