The Brisbane River is still producing threadfin salmon and mulloway. A live locally caught prawn is the pick of baits. The anglers who brave the chilly morning are reaping big rewards. The prawns will be a good option to target and save a few fish for large species feeding off the school of prawns.
Some large snapper with impressive knobs are on the artificial reefs. Harry Atkinson is a great location for snapper, but one needs to get out before sunrise to catch the trophy fish. Once the sun rises, expect to catch small snapper, and the dolphins feasting on the fish return to the sea.
The winter bream is here and can be caught all along our foreshore. At first light, one can see them coming in with the tide to feed on the crabs. Baitfish fluttering on the surface is also an indication of bream. Bream of 40cm are common this time of the year. A live hardyhead is irresistible to bream and flathead. I have had reports of flathead in the 60cm range from numerous sources.
Ray Kennedy and two mates fished the North Pine Dam on May 22. They had a fantastic day locating a big school of bass between 25cm and 45cm and boated 174 bass in three hours between them. They hit the spot lock on the Minnkota and did not move until suffering from bass elbow.
Three days later, they headed out with high expectations, with a perfect forecast and a barometer reading of 1024. They could not find a school anywhere. The different result was amazing three days apart, but that is fishing.
I enjoyed fishing with David Pollard, age 91, and his daughter Jane last Monday. David caught the first whiting, but bragging rights went to Jane, who caught a huge whiting.
It was the perfect birthday gift for David to make new fishing memories, and he shared with me fishing stories that made my day.
If you have any fishing questions or photographs of your catch, or would like a fishing session, please contact Michael at email@example.com.