SNAPPER have been in good numbers in the bay lately and many anglers are picking up larger than usual specimens around the inner bay islands and the shallow reefs.
There are still good numbers being pulled from Harry Atkinson's Reef, but reports of picking through smaller fish to get to the odd large one are common.
Fishing the shallow reefs around Peel and Mud islands and even the mainland above Wynnum can prove very successful.
Small soft plastics like the Z-Man Curl-tail grubs or Keitech Swing Impacts rigged on light 1/6 - ¼oz jig heads are perfect for these areas as it allows you to cover a large area and appeal to hunting fish.
Small baits of white pilchards or strips of squid will also work but you will need to keep the weight to a minimum or not use it at all in order to fool these weary fish.
LOADS of juvenile black marlin are still being caught at the Gold Coast with equal numbers falling for live baits as they are to trolling skirts.
Pink and blue skirts seem to be the stand out colour this season.
Last reports had the marlin hanging out in the 50m line, however one angler reported catching one at the mouth of the Sea Way.
Dolphin fish and Mackerel are still in good numbers and can be found hanging around bait balls near the North Stradbroke Bar and near the gravel patch off Palm Beach.
These fish are highly aggressive and are commonly caught as bi-catch when trolling for marlin.
Smaller skirts trolled a little quicker are a better presentation for them and many anglers will opt for one diving lure as well.
The Halco or Rapala trolling lures are proven performers.
Here's a little tip: 15cm of wire in front of your diving lures will stop you restocking after every trip out.
MAROON and Hinze dams are the pick of the dams at the moment for those wanting to play with a few brute bass and saratoga.
Maroon has received a fair bit of rain over the last few weeks and as a result the water level has risen.
This has sent the bass into a feeding pattern around the edge on a host of different prey like frogs, insects and small fish.
Casting lures like the Megabass Type-X, Tiemco Softshell Cicada or Nories Laydown minnows close to the bank should see you tangling with a Maroon bass.
Early morning seems to be all about the surface and if raining can last until 8am.
After that the small minnows will still catch bass right through the day.
Baits of worms and live shrimp are also working a treat but you will catch your fair share of spangles.
Hinze Dam has also risen over the past week and as a result the bass and toga are feeding in freshly flooded areas.
Look out for grassy banks or steep drop offs with bottle brush trees as these areas are producing the goods.
Walk the dog style lures like the Dog-X, Zip 'n' Ziggy or OSP bent minnow are great early and notching up a few togas.
Cast them right up tight against the bank and wind them past the sunken trees or parallel cast them along flooded grass banks.
As the sun comes up slow rolling Jackall Tn60s around the edge will still see you pulling bass out.
Remember Hinze is an electric only dam and you do need a separate permit to fish there.
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