While I was only able to run one charter this week due to the inclement weather, we managed to put together a quality fish tally comprising flathead, bream and squire, mostly caught around the southern Moreton Bay islands.
We found our flathead south of Coochiemudlo Island, throughout the bay islands and heading towards the Logan River mouth. Soft plastics were key to enticing these fish, particularly curl tails and paddle tails. Fished with 8lb braid and 10lb fluorocarbon leader, the flathead were biting readily. With a slightly more reasonable wind forecast for the weekend, your best bet would be targeting the flathead around the bay islands during the low tide periods of 9.30am on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday.
Big bream have been on the chew, with 35-36cm fish the average around the bay islands of late. All these bigger fish have been hooked on fresh green banana prawns fished with light weight on the incoming tide. Look out for rocky outcrops on land or structure on the sounder to find the fish. A 12lb leader with 9lb mono main line has done the trick on these fish.
Snappery squire have been taken among the bream using the same techniques and baits. You’ll know when you’ve connected to a decent one as on the light gear your reel will really buzz as the snapper takes off looking for structure to swim past in an effort to be free.
If you get out this weekend, good luck with the fishing!