Pleasing Prawn Plague
  |  First Published: April 2010

The sustained rainfall we have been experiencing so far this year has spawned the best run of prawns and muddies that we have seen for many years.

The rivers, creeks and estuaries have been literally bursting with life and many Fraser Coast families have been enjoying fresh prawns and crabs for tea on a regular basis.

The succulent preservative free taste of prawns that you have caught yourself, are far better than anything that can be bought and make the effort of catching prawns worthwhile.


The dirty water has had plenty of timber floating amongst it and has caused plenty of damage to commercial and private boats trying to negotiate the waterways over the Easter period.

Estuarine species have been in good numbers and size throughout the bay taking baits and lures with anything prawn shaped working well for obvious reasons. The bream and whiting being caught recently have been fat and aggressive feeders taking plastics and beach worms fished on a run out tide around creek mouths.

Dart have also been thick around Moon Point and Bagimba again on worms fished close to the bank. The local reefs have been inundated with toads, catfish and sharks making finding a feed of reef fish all the more difficult lately.

Regular position moves, changing baits and switching to plastics can all help but in the end patience is the key and has been paying off with blackall, squire, sweetlip, cod and parrot all hitting the deck on squid, mullet, live bait and plastics. Atomic Ripperz and Guzzlers have been working well cast up current and bounced back to the boat and is a good way to work the whole area rather than just what your sitting on top of.

The pelagic species have been working the edges of the dirty water lines spilling in to the bay which holds baitfish that congregate along the temperature shift between the clean warm salty water and the cool dirty fresh.

Trevally, mackerel and tuna have all been found working these areas with trolling and cast and crank producing the goods. Small sized tuna schools have been scattered south of Moon Point down past Kingfisher Bay with average sized mac tuna being the most prevalent species in the area.

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