The Pumicestone Passage has been fishing well with one of the main fish landed being flathead. These tasty fish have been reported from most areas with the hot spots being Buckley’s Hole, Turner’s Camp Road and Whitepatch. The Buckley’s Hole fish have been taken in a number of different ways. Pilchards are probably the most common way, then plastics and least common hard bodied lures and blade type lures. All these will work if cast out over the top of the sand ledge and slowly retrieved back into the shallows.
If fishing at dawn, dusk or at night this same method will also produce jewfish in the same area. Jason Manaley landed a 80cm jewfish from the Bribie Island bridge area during the week, this fish was taken at night which as stated earlier is the best time for these big fish. I have also seen some bigger bream this past week, any structure will have these hard fighting fish on them, the Bribie Island bridge (at change of tide) and the ripples being two of the better places.
Moses perch are a fish that hangs around with bream and talk of 40 cm fish being caught at the moment have people targeting these good eating fish instead of the bream. There are a lot of whiting around - both summer and winter (diver). The summer whiting are in close to the shore and the best spots at the moment are Red Beach through to Skirmish Point, any sand bank in the Pumicestone Passage and the mouth of any creek flowing into the passage.
Winter (diver) whiting are in good numbers on the cockle banks and are of good size. They seem to be in the deeper sections of the banks. Mark from Sandgate Tackleworld reports that up into Cabbage Tree Creek there have been some good catches of bream and flathead and the same goes for the Pine River. The mouth of the Pine has also been a happy hunting ground for cod fishos. The beaches of Sandgate and Margate are still producing whiting.
With last Sunday becoming fine with light winds it made for perfect trolling weather. Bribie Island Game Fishing Club (BIGFC) had a junior tournament last weekend and as you can see by this week’s photo Alex Chapman on board the boat “Blue Black” won the comp with a great black Marlin which was released unharmed after the picture was taken. BIGFC is a tag and release club so any fish caught are released to keep our great sport fishery healthy. Some yellow tail king fish were also taken on the troll further up the coast at Mooloolaba along with a variety of reef species including parrot and snapper taken off the bottom in the same area.
There are a few camp sites available at the time of writing this report but these will go very quickly so please check with us on 5497 5253 closer to the weekend. All tracks are open and lagoons closed. This can change at a moment’s notice especially if we get a lot of rain so again please check with us before you travel up the beach.