Warm red winter
  |  First Published: June 2010

Finally we have had some good weather to get out and wet a line and there has been plenty of fish to catch with reef, estuary and bluewater fishing all performing well.

It’s one of those times of year when there are so many options that you don’t know what to chase. Prawning, crabbing, squiding and fishing are all worth a go and many anglers are trying their hands at all of them. Here’s what’s been happening in the bay lately.


Plastics, blades and poppers have been nailing plenty of bream as their appetite increases coming up to spawning. These types of lures fished close to structure are just the thing for hungry bream and now is the perfect time to target them.

Flathead are a welcome by-catch when bream fishing and have been responding to live bait, worms and yabbies.

A few jew and grunter are starting to run on plastics, live and strip baits. Tailor have also been working most local systems.

Prawn numbers have levelled out a bit but are still around and there are a few muddies still on the move.


The inshore reefs are still performing well with blackall, sweetlip, cod, squire and trout on bait and plastics. On the surface broad bar mackerel, mac tuna, longtails and Spaniards have all been working bait in the bay and down the straits. Casting, trolling and baiting are all working well with most reefs containing a fish or two.


Rooneys reef systems have had plenty of action with many anglers getting out due to the improved weather of late. Baits of squid, mullet and garfish have taken coral bream, cod, red emperor, trout and trevally.

Snapper have started to improve in numbers and size and should continue as they work their way in to the bay.

Live pike or yakkas are the best bait for chasing the bigger fish but plastics and the new age jigs are closing the gap and are a great alternative on those days you can’t find livies.


There have been some good catches of red emperor, snapper, trout and parrot on squid and flesh baits drifted either side of the 80m mark.

Trolling the Shoals this month is worth a try with mackerel, yellowfin tuna, billfish and wahoo up to 35kg in the area. At least 15kg tackle would be a good idea to get the fish before the sharks do and you will appreciate the upgrade if something big smashes a lure.

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