HAPPY TIMES: Thomas Branigan, from Kholo, caught his snapper off Moreton Island.
HAPPY TIMES: Thomas Branigan, from Kholo, caught his snapper off Moreton Island. CONTRIBUTED

Aggressive techniques key to snaring Gold Coast bream

THE waters off the Gold Coast Seaway and Broadwater are teeming with bream beginning to school up in the deeper waters getting ready to spawn.

Bream at this time of the year respond well to more aggressive techniques like working vibration lures like the Ecogear VX Blades or working deep diving cranks like the OSP Power Dunks through the schools.

By using light leaders and long casts, you will increase your catch rates.

If you are more into bait, try anchovies, sea worms or squid. Try reducing the weight of your sinker to allow some movement in your bait to attract the fish.

Snapper and jew are being reported around the lower half of the bay. Good schools of snapper are showing up around the southwest corner of Peel Island, and the northern rocky reefs of Macleay Island.

Soft plastics, like the Z-man 2.5inch Grubz or the Keithech Shad Impacts, are proven performers.

Jew are schooling up on the West Peel Artificial reefs and anglers are picking them up on either micro jigs or baits of whole squid or pilchards.

For those who want to try for bass or yellowbelly, Maroon Dam is the place to go.

Bass are responding well to a host of lures like blades, soft plastics surface poppers, spinner baits and jerk baits.

Bass are residing in the numerous weed beds surrounding the dam and are using this as cover to ambush their prey from.

Focus your attention around the weed beds if you are chasing bass but the yellowbelly are being found in the deeper water towards the timbered section near Camp Lake Fire.

Baits of live shrimp are irresistible but yellowbelly will also take spinner baits and Jackall Tn60s worked slowly, keeping contact with the bottom. - Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)



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