Tony Shao caught his snapper using a Westin Mega Teeze soft plastic hopping it off the bottom. Photo: Contributed
Tony Shao caught his snapper using a Westin Mega Teeze soft plastic hopping it off the bottom. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Fishing Lines: Snapper and jewfish are keeping anglers happy

REPORTS from Moreton Bay and out wider have dominated this week as many anglers took advantage of the great weather.

Snapper and jewfish are keeping anglers happy, with the inner bay islands and the port of Brisbane being the most productive regions.

If fishing around the bay islands, try focusing on the slightly deeper reefs and drop offs in the 6-9 metre range.

Soft plastics like the Z-man Streak-Z, Westin Mega-Teeze and larger Keitech are standouts for jew and larger snapper.

Baits of squid or pilchards are the most popular and will get eagerly eaten.

The only drama is that smaller fish love bait too and you will have to pick your way through them to get your keepers.

The port of Brisbane is also producing some good fish with the sunken wall and drop-offs near the mouth of Boggy Creek being a great start to look for bream, jew and the odd threadfin salmon.

Baits of prawns or white pilchards are the go for bream but most jew and threadies are being caught on either live mullet or heavy vibration baits like the 20g Jackall Transams.

Flathead have also moved into Boggy Creek in good numbers. Lizards are responding well to plastics hopped down drop-offs or small hard bodies trolled around the 4-6ft mark.

Tailor have settled in to the beaches off Moreton, North and South Stradbroke islands.

If you are heading away for the long weekend, take a few gang hooks and a bag of pilchards as tailor are thick in places.

Focus on the inshore gutters and with the moon phase at the moment it might be worth fishing into the night.

If you can't get to the islands, the Gold Coast Seaway is your next best bet and the same baits well work.

Take a few surface lures as there have been a few trevally and small kingfish mixing it up with the tailor.

Fishing Lines with Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)

 



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