Well the weather seems to be settling into a standard summer pattern rain in the late afternoon and fine days let’s hope it stays this way as it still gives us plenty of time to fish between storms.
The mackerel seem to be popping up everywhere with schoolies coming from as close as the Bribie Island bridge and the southern end of the Pumicestone passage. This is all due to the schools of hardie heads that are around in abundance. These bait fish tend to move towards structure so the bridge pylons, channel markers, boat moorings and the jetty are all good man made habitats for them. Natural structure like drop offs and rock ledges are also good places to try, for example White Patch and Buckley’s Hole. As I am writing this I had a customer say that they were fishing for bream with light gear and were getting busted off, this shows that the mackerel are around as they need to feed to keep up their energy so they can keep chasing their dinner.
If you can get past the macks there is a lot of good size bream around. This week’s pic shows Mason, while fishing with his brother Zane, with a bream of 38cm. Zane not to be outdone landed a 36cm bream as well. Fish of this size aren’t overly picky when it comes to bait and these two beauts were caught on the humble prawn. Again these bream like the more natural structures like rocks and ledges with the Ripples, Tiger Rocks and the canal entrances being among the best spots.
Every week we are getting people come in on a Saturday with their cars all packed up with camping gear trying to get a spot to camp on the beach. This unfortunately cannot happen anymore as Bribie is booking out every Saturday night up the beach. We only have 62 sites available and there is no back up area so when they are booked that’s it. The two camp grounds on the inside of the island are a good alternative but they tend to fill very quickly when we get closer to the weekend. So make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. This can be done online or with myself during business hours on (07) 5497 5253 with a credit card or after hours on 137 468.
Bribie Island fishing report courtesy of Nigel Newman from Gateway Bait & Tackle.