bay sweetlip

Moreton Bay sweetlip in the shallows

Well thanks to the warmer weather we have seen a great increase in Moreton Bay sweetlip numbers of late. These fish come back on the bite when the water temps get above 20 degrees

Targeting sweetlips can be a heap of fun on light gear in the shallows as they pull hard for there size and love to run home into their reefie weedy structure

Using fresh baits such as squid, prawns and herring are catching many good fish around the wellington point reef sections. Most of these fish are been caught in 2-3.5m of water making a great sports fish for light tackle anglers

They love a heavy bottom cover, whether it be weed, rock, or reef. Look for areas where there’s plenty of cover and baitfish. High tides work well but you will catch sweetlip at any part of the tide. There is also plenty of room for the avid lure fisherman to target these fish

Using lures such as the atomic plazos prong in electric chicken rigged on a 1/8th to ¼ ounce jig head seems to get plenty of bites. As the summer period comes in, we should see even more fish come into the shallows.

Sweetlip are also great on the table, a little bit of salt, pepper and lemon sauce. Wrapped in tin foil and baked in the oven for around 15mins at 180 degrees will blow the taste buds away.

Remember to check your local laws and size and bag limits.

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