Finally a great weekend forecast. Winds are predicted to be light and variable for the next week, and the swell is around a metre from the south east. Weekend forecasts don’t get much better than this.
Cape Moreton Weather
The new moon was last Tuesday so tides are getting smaller as we head towards the neap moon phase. Tidal flow is average – on Saturday it will be 45% of the year’s biggest during the day and 70% at night. On Sunday there will be slightly less tidal flow – 35% during the day and 60% at night. Given that there’s little other influences, the solunar peaks should be worth fishing.
Saturday – 75% Solunar Peak at 2.50am, 3.25pm
Sunday – 50% Solunar Peak at 3.50am, 4.25pm
Tide Variations from Brisbane Bar
Albert and Logan River junction add 1hr 30min to the high tide, 2hrs 15min to the low tide
Marks Rocks add 40min to the high tide, 1hr to the low tide
Kalinga Bank minus 40min to the high tide, minus 40min to the low tide
Jacobs Well ramp add 30min to the high tide, 25min to the low tide.
As most people reading this would know, I’ve been in the Gulf of Carpentaria for the past 10 days, I landed back in Brisbane today, only to fly out to South Australia tomorrow, but I have heard a few reports and can give you a few tips based on the time of year if you’re fishing this week.
Surf – there’s been a fair bit a sea on the beaches making surf fishing a little hard but the fish are there. I’ve heard plenty of reports about tailor and mulloway on the northern NSW beaches, there’s also plenty of dart and bream numbers increasing every week as we get closer to Winter.
Fishing hasn’t been as good on the Sunshine Coast but there’s still good catches reported.
Estuary – at this time of year bream can be a pest, there’s lots of small ones with just the odd stonker. If you want to catch quality bream, you need to fish at night or daylight and dusk. Berley works for bream, especially if you’re fishing a backwater that doesn’t carry it away with the tide.
There will still be plenty of whiting around, most will be moving upstream for the colder months. Numbers will drop off over the next month but there’s still a feed to be caught if you use bloodworms. Trolling estuaries will produce mainly trevally and chopper tailor, there may still be the odd jack around but they will drop off in numbers as the water temperature drops off as well.
Flathead are always in good numbers just before Winter. Not the big breeding females, just a mix of fish up to about 70cm.
In Moreton Bay snapper are now the dominant species to target. They will be right up in the shallows when they can, noise spooks them. The artificial reefs are at their best during the colder months. In more recent years the school mackerel have hung around right through Winter, I’m still hearing of them in numbers on the eastern side of the Bay. Prawns will be patchy, you’ll get a bucket if you find them but the numbers are way down as compared to a month ago. There’s still muddies around, the old story about no crabs unless the month has the letter R in it is not true, some of my best catches are May and June.
Offshore is all about snapper from now on. They will be on all reefs from 18m to 100+ metres.
You’ll catch a feed of fish up to 45cm using paternoster rigs on the bottom, to catch the better quality you need to put more effort in. That means float-lining using better quality bait including livies, fresh oci or squid or crabs. If live bait is all too hard, good quality pilchards are probably the best packet bait you can buy. Tuna and bonito dominate catches for those trolling over the next few months.
Claudia McFadden happy with her first very fish, a river perch
Winter is not kind to freshwater fishing, there are a lot less fish caught and almost no redclaw. What there is though, is the occasional big female bass. You probably have your best chance of a 50cm plus bass in Winter, especially from the bigger impoundments like Wivenhoe.