Fishing Reports 2017-09-21T09:24:25+00:00

September 22 Weekend Fishing Report

Weekend Weather:

I’m writing this on Thursday night after 12 hours fishing offshore, had such a good day today I’m doing it again tomorrow (Friday) so I’m a bit apprehensive talking about the weekend weather two days out when it could change, but… I’d almost bet my left one it is going to be a shocker – Today and tomorrow ( Thur / Fri) were the best forecast for a week (which is why I’m out there). The weekend forecast at this early stage is crap and I just cant see it changing before the weekend. I think you’ll be looking for sheltered water if you plan to fish this weekend. The BOM are predicting 20 – 30kts from the north.


The new moon was last Wednesday, so this weekend is three days after. I’d rather three days after the new moon than the full moon! Tidal flows are fairly stable at this moon phase, we’ll have 50 – 60% tidal flow all weekend. The good news is we have 100% solunar peak this Saturday and 75% on Sunday which will be well worth targeting. 

Saturday – 100% Solunar Peak at 1.30 am, 2.00 pm

Sunday – 75% Solunar Peak at 2.20 am, 2.45 pm

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What’s Biting


I’ve spent most of the last few weeks in western Qld and NSW working with on new fishing destinations for tourists so can’t give an honest report on what’s been caught locally, therefore I’ll keep this week short and offer suggestions for species to target based on 30 years of fishing locally.

Flathead are the dominant species at this time of year, that won’t change this weekend but… the shear numbers of people fishing for them over the next week preparing for the Flathead Classic, followed by the competition itself starting on the 27th, will see them harder to find in the next few weeks.
Other species to target in estuary waters are whiting, bream, tailor and mulloway.
Whiting quality is always good in Spring, fish light, target the run out tide preferably at night and use bloodworms for bait.
Bream have spawned, they have moved into the upper reaches of rivers and creeks, if you have a bream fetish and want to catch them, look at bridge pylons, jetties or anything that disrupts the water flow.
Most of the better tailor at this time of year are in the surf or around bar entrances on the run in tide.
Mulloway numbers are dropping off, they always do as the water temp increases moving towards Summer. We always see a spike in catches if we get a few days of cold westerly winds at this time of year – keep an eye out just in case and get fishing for them if it happens.

Max McPhee landed an 850 gram bream from the Gold Coast canals

Neil Stratford with a redthroat emperor from Moreton Bay shallows


I can talk about offshore fishing with some accuracy as I was out there today. Crossed South Passage Bar at 5.30am.
There’s dollies on the Wave Rider Buoy (there’s only one at the moment, the other has gone AWOL)
As always they spook easily, the first boat there in the morning get’s the best catch and they were quality fish, not little wigglers – I’ve got the line burns on my thumb to prove it!
I fished the top of the Cathedrals close by for snapper to 60cm, pearlies to 45cm, tuskfish to 45cm. No monsters but a good feed.
There was almost no current today, which I thought would shut them down, even the water looked dirty but we had a good catch despite. One issue was sharks, we lost quite a few fish, some crackers, to sharks.
Lots of baby whales out there today, don’t remember seeing so many.


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Wayne Lickiss with a pan size bream from the surf


On the freshwater scene, NPD is going off if you have live shrimp. Catches of 200+ are common.
Somerset and Wivenhoe are improving but you need to find the schools.
No redclaw in numbers reported yet.
There are a few small cod on the move in western impoundments. I think a few weeks more and some of the really big fish will be caught – this is the time of year records are broken.