The full moon is on Thursday 26th and I have found the slower runs of the tide the best to fish. Usually 1 hour either side of the tidal change. High tide has worked the best so far with the run out tide being best for the whiting and flathead. The early morning starts are best if you want to head offshore. There may be a little rain around but I believe that’s when the fish tend to come out a play a little more.
The estuaries are still firing with more elbow slappin’ whiting and a few big flathead caught primarily on soft plastics and big baits. Trevally are lurking around the edges and pylons while reports of mangrove jack in the upper reaches are fairly consistent. Different baits and lures are the key factor as the fish do get picky around the full moon phase. A little bit of burley pellets will help with attracting the fish to your location for best results of catching a feed.
The offshore game has been limited due to unpredictability of the ocean. But in the windows of opportunity we have had the Dolphin fish reigning supreme on Facebook photo’s at the moment. As the season moves forward these predatory fish will move in closer to the 12 Mile for those Spanish Mackerel chaser to pick a few up also. There is an increase in Mackerel catches recently also and with that the snapper are still on the bite too, floating pillies while picking up some reef fish have been the cause for most mackerel caught. The banks are still holding plenty of Snapper and some big tuskies. In around Murphys and the Gneerings we are still seeing some good snapper and tusk fish and the odd Spanish Mackerel. Coolum Reef has been fishing extremely well with a great variety including King Fish and Cobia.
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