Moreton Bay report

July 15th 2024

Time is upon us snapper /squire season closed today till august .

Lucky for us the school mackerel are in excellent numbers from the rainbow all the way past Myora one mile front of Dunwich all the way down to Deanbilla bay and even pelican banks ,trolling in the shallow water takes a little practice so you don’t catch one million grinners ,so my advise is keep bringing line closer to boat till grinners stop , wind looks like being up all week so they might start moving over to the western side of bay, been using the new double hook spoons and they are working well ,shiny chrome but i do ad a little bling in gold or yellow which in my opinion work better and you might need to put some chrome slugs in the kitty for the tailor moving around the bay,water tower stock both .

The whiting are still close in northern side of Darcy light all the way north to western side of st Helena just have to find the depth they are in normally around 9 to 11 ft.and plenty at amity banks and the maroon gutter some should be showing up in fisherman’s as well very soon,pelican banks area is producing sove very large whiting as well.

Arrows and cuttlefish are a little slow and my concern is the big cuttlefish are full of eggs which is a sign they are ending the cycle of life and the arrows are very scarce,looks like they are north and and gold coast,maybe this cold snap might trigger something .

July 11 th 2024

Finally the winds abated and we were out there catching a fresh feed of fish ,whiting have been really good in close and maroon gutter and amity banks with a few nice flathead mixed in i,have not been down to pelican banks but have had a few reports from reliable people who have been catching plenty down there as well.

Have not had a chance to go for schoolies around the rainbow and western side of north stradbroke but this Friday is the day i am planning for ,again i have good reports of schoolies all thru the shallow water around the southern bay islands,but i cant guarantee this info as no photos were forthcoming.

Some nice squire and snapper again this week at wellington point reef and green island and pike were the flavor of the week for them ,whiting heads worked well to.

July 1st 2024

We have been waiting a while for the schoolies to show up in good numbers on the western side of the bay and they have been a little late as they have shown up on the eastern side instead the rainbow channel one mile all the way down to pelican banks and they are plentiful so a board and a 3 inch spoon or a pillie floated out in these areas should get you a feed and they are so much fun to catch and taste great.

Sand crabs just keep getting caught in very large numbers with 12 to 14 crabs per pot and very large .

Whiting are starting to slow close in but rous amity and fisherman’s gutter will be the next areas for these ,and the cuttlefish are in good supply but arrow squid are very disappointing so far this year.but the cuttlefish are in good numbers with some jigs working the best .

June 27th 2024

Great week on the water got my best mate out after all the heartbreak we have had over the last 6 weeks and he cleaned up on his favorite fishing catching whiting ,i even let him bag out this time , but he had fun,still in close the whiting 10 ft mark east of Darcy light all the way to west of st Helena.

Cuttlefish still in good supply but not as many as i thought would be around at the moment and catching an arrow is hard to do i hope it improves.

Squire and snapper have been good at wello reef and green and st Helena and the spoiled ground has a good supply as well.

hopefully the schoolies will come out of hibernation very soon.

June 21st 2024

The weather has been perfect during the day as soon as the south westerlies stop mid morning and the fishing in close has been very good especially the whiting along the drop off from wynum manly marina leads 10 to 12 ft all the way north to the western side of st Helena and plenty of big fish as well,the cuttlefish are still running on the eastern side of wello all the way to mud but not as many arrow squid as you would expect and the tigers are slowing up in the shallows ,reef fishing has been a little slow as are the schoolies might have to look for them down the rainbow channel and the western side of morton ,tailor were in good numbers around mud the last few days as well.and a few big tusk fish around mud island as young tim found.

crabbing just keeps getting better as some pots are bringing up 12 to 14 crabs at a time,

June 17th 2024

Weather has been ok south westerly every morning sometimes a little stronger then we like but easing of mid morning so fishable,lots of whiting in close along the drop off from Darcy light to the western side of st Helena ,big cuttlefish and a few arrows showing up eastern side of wellington point to mud island lots of tailor around mud island and Cleveland and a few schoolies down the rainbow channel mixed in with the bonito ,crabbing is amazing eastern side of st Helena so there goes the theory of months with R in them for sand crabs, had a few great days out with some good friends and the kids well not kids anymore but lots of fun dad Shane, kade and Mackenzie who cleaned up on the whiting,and also met up with mark and son Ethan cleaning up on crabs and whiting as well ,great to see young ones having fun in the bay.

June 10 th 2024

Westerlies have started early and the first thing i will say pls be careful with the westerly winds ,you cant see the whitecaps from shore but you will see them coming back home ,we have lost too many lives in the bay with strong westerly winds.

One other thing a couple of newspapers and experts keep telling fisherman the limit for winter whiting is 23 cm that is not correct there is no limit for winter whiting its 50 fish total but no size limit.

So back to the report plenty of whiting in close in 10 to 11 ft depth from leads at manly all the way to st Helena but they are at a certain depth but once you find them they are plentiful.

The cuttlefish are in good numbers and the arrow squid have started as well ,pls take what you need so they can breed and we can have lots every year.

Mackerel are not in big numbers but there are enough and the tailor are with them ,reef fishing is very quiet at the moment hopefully with the colder weather we should start getting a few squire .

May 3oth 2024

Terrible conditions but the school mackerel in pretty good numbers wide of wello leads in 32 ft depth with change of tide,plenty of whiting on the north western side of green island if you dont want to go all the way to amity banks and cuttlefish and squid around green and wellington point.

May 28th 2024

Weather gods have been kind and the bay is producing some lovely eating fish ,the whiting are pretty thick at the maroon gutter and hole and amity bank side,the school mackerel with the smaller tides are showing up in good numbers from wide of wellington point to the hope banks and a few closer in as well with some good size tailor as well,the tiger squid are still in good number eastern side of green island and amity banks and the cuttlefish are ramping up from wellington point to mud island and they quite large for the start of the season.

Had some nice squire around green island but some bigger sharks are being very annoying especially when they take both good fish of the morning 50 plus both of them.Some very nice painted lobsters around the islands as well.

Crabbing especially sand crabs are still in big numbers and still lots of mud crabs around the southern bay islands ,and my good friend keeps bringing prawns so i know the season is going well..

May 14th 2024

We managed a few days out and we got some surprises as well.school mackerel close in are hit and miss there are a few being caught in the rous ,but there are lots of tailor close in even the rock wall at the manly harbor in the early mornings with the high tides , the squire are in good numbers but the sharks are no fun at all lost a beautiful 3 to 4 kilo to a 8 to 9 foot bull shark yesterday . the fun at the moment are the cuttlefish and tiger squid ,tigers in the shallows and cuttlefish in the 20 plus ft depth east of the close in bay islands wellington point best at the moment, got a great surprise this week i was given a lovely panted lobster caught of green island the boys managed a few ,who says the bay has no fish in it, and the crabbing seems pretty good as well ,westerlies have started early morning the coolness has come quick.

May 9th 2024

A dew good days before the weather turned but it was fun to see the cuttlefish back in the bay and a little early from east of wellington point and green st Helena and mud is the area they tend to congregate in between 20 and 35 ft depths ,so a ball sinker on top of the jig or a paternoster rig with jig about 6 inches of the bottom while drifting is the way to get them,some colours work better then others so try a few and remember they tend to grab middle of jig many times so the cheap razor squid jigs sometimes work a treat and very cheap,oranges and pinks and silver work well and sometimes blue and green,i find dull colors on dull days and bright colours on sunny days work best.

School mackerel are getting better and lots of tailor in the bay as well close in,mackerel have been eating razor pillies so i am finding smith jigs and Kimberly spoons working well,and still plenty of crabs in the bay .

May 1st 2024

Good news the school mackerel are getting bigger and are close in any where from green island across to wellington point and across to the two greens at amity banks and lots of tailor in the same areas, and mud crabs seem to just keep getting caught everywhere and sand crabs in big numbers as well..bit blowie next few days so get you’re new two hook spoons from water tower bait and tackle with stainless steel hooks, worked a treat this week on the mackerel and the tailor a little heavier very similar to the best spoons on the market many years ago the makka spoons.

April 29th 2024

Not a bad few days with the weather and the fishing is pretty good depending on what you are chasing ,whiting are now on the eastern side amity banks,maroon gutter and hole ,fishermans and the rous ,the school mackerel are very large at the moment in the south eastern side of hope banks and a few are showing in close as well and some nice tailor showing up ,bit lumpy out there today but plenty of fish for a couple of hours out trolling.

April 25th 2024

A week or more with horrible weather and wind but leading up to Anzac day a few great days out on the bay ,whiting have now moved top of rous maroon gutter maroon hole and fishermans gutter and plenty of tiger squid in all these areas as well good idea to have a jig behind the boat as you are drifting catching whiting.

a few big tides have slowed the school mackerel down and i thing the spotties have gone with maybe like last year you might catch the straggler that has not left the bay ,a horrible spotty season again, long tail tuna are in big numbers in the bay and some bonito as well don’t go spending lots of money on slugs with fancy colors the 34 gram chrome slugs work just as well for a couple of dollars from water tower bait and tackle.

Wont be long before the cuttlefish and arrows start but i am hoping the tigers stay around for a while as they were late starting.

Aprril 14th 2024

What great weather on the week end and looks like the whole week is a typical calm autumn week.

The fishing was great lots of big school mackerel southern side of hope banks ,whiting were in big numbers in the maroon gutter both ends rous and peel but better at peel end in the shallows eastern side and lots of tiger squid in the area as well any dark weed grounds was holding lots ,and lazarette produced some nice 38 to 42 cm squire and sweet lip so great week end fishing.

April 11th 2024

Some nice days for a fish and a little bit of a shock with change of temperature but the fishing is good ,lots of whiting in the maroon gutter all the way from rous channel entrance and amity banks,squid in the same area and good school mackerel south east of hope banks and an occasional spotty ,plenty of tiger squid as well at green and Victoria point and even the marinas are full of squid and prawns,so need to get out and catch a few weather looking forward looks promising .crabs are also thick in the bay and some nice coral crabs north and the prawns when you find them are thick,my friend seb cleaned up the other day and looking how many in one cast you can see why he has a huge smile .

April 3 rd 2024

A few good days on the water a few mackerel lots of squid and my friends tell me lots of muddies and prawns ,which i am so grateful they dropped off.

April 1st 2024

no April fool jokes , the weather was not to kind over the long brake with wind and rain on Sunday Monday the only good news was the school mackerel and a few broad mackerel were hungry Eastern side of hope banks towards naval banks ,hiding in the lazarette gutter a few squire and even a king fish turned up ,no chance for squid and whiting as it was too lumpy for the family.

one thing this year seems like the crabs especially the mud crabs are in plague proportions as they are being caught in large numbers.

March 21 st 2024

Lucky we managed a few days as the strong wind warning happened as BOM predicted and i have to say BOM has been fantastic lately for the bay predictions.

On the fishing front the whiting have moved from the chain bank area so we will need to find the schools and where they have gone to i would assume further into the small boat passage ,amity banks and maroon gutter and fisherman’s but would not have moved to far ,some good reports of good whiting north of Darcy light in front of wynum in around the 10 ft mark,will have to check it out close to home.

‘The schoolies are not in big numbers yet a few good size fish east of hope banks and the good news a few big spotties in the same area managed a couple so that’s good news they should hang around till Easter ‘The schoolies are not in big numbers yet a few good size fish east of hope banks and the good news a few big spotties in the same area managed a couple so that’s good news they should hang around till Easter ,and a few nice bonito in the same area.

Tiger squid are showing up in better numbers so finally the season has begun ,dolphins were giving them a touch up last week at the sand hills ,just a tip where there are lots of turtles in the grass areas is a good sign for squid in the area.

March 19th 2024

Great few days wind wise bay looked like a sheet of glass ,a few schoolies around but no spotties i think north of peel will be the place to look for them ,reef fish were good around green and no shark this time and plenty of small tigers on the eastern side in the shallows, worth a try a half razor pillies for the reef fish and burlying up with the tails seemed to work a treat.

March 16th 2024

What a week plus of horrible fishing weather crabbing and prawning in the sheltered areas seemed the best option except Thursday afternoon and half of Friday so i sneaked out as it looked like the only window for another week of winds, went for a troll and managed a couple of schoolies saw a small school of big spotties but they only up for seconds and gone ,a couple of nice reef fish at green but the sharks were in the majority so fished east of green where there were plenty of small tiger squid ,got inked but all worth while and managed to get home before it blew a gale by 11am BOM got it perfect with their predictions for Thursday Friday ,lets hope wind eases by end of this week.

March 8th 2024

Wind has caught up with us so time to spit and polish fishing gear and for the ones that like crabbing and prawning in the sheltered areas is a perfect time to go get a few,and reports are pretty good so is the delivery from some good friends to the house as i don’t crab and cant throw a net for prawns ,very grateful…Tingalpa creek seems to have plenty of prawns and down to Coochi and north to Nudgie but seems like from what i have been told its hit and miss one day bag out next day half a bucket, lots of crabs in the bay and lots of muddies close in to the southern bay islands this time last year the Brisbane river was also full of sandies and mud crabs,lets hope some turn up at home (haha).

Looks like a whole week of wind so patience is needed don’t go out if its terrible a good day is around the corner, i made the mistake and went out for a couple of hours and it was horrible.

March 3rd 2024

Some nice weather out in the bay with glassy conditions but so hot and humid ,first time i remember hoping for a breeze,the whiting are still in good numbers around the entrance to small boat channel both sides and in the deep water depending on tide and depth and a few arrow squid in the same area ,green island also starting to produce some tiger squid as well.

School mackerel are hit and miss at the moment and a few big bonito is large schools showing up ,lots of small schoolies and spotties {baby’s} so looking OK for winter for the schoolies ,i dont know where the spotties have gone to but all i see is very small schools with 3 to 5 fish and they cant hold a bait ball so i think its wait and see obviously they are not in big numbers in the bay.

A few decent fathead also in the sandy areas around the small boat channel so a nice mixture of fish ,my friends who prawn have been getting some nice feeds and so have the crabbing folks muddies around the southern islands and plenty of sand crabs around the close in bay islands.

so a good week lets hope this southerly cools us down a little.

February 25 th 2024

Great week for fishing crabbing and prawning school mackerel hard to find but if you put the time in you will get one or two from Hyubers out to around hope banks depending on the tide southern or northern side lee side always is best,spotties are not thick but the ones being caught are huge 80 cm plus schools still small but a few been caught on the spoons trolling for schoolies.

My friend Anthony and his father in law vicente all the way from Spain had a good day out with a bucket of whiting and a few schoolies.and my friend the whiting master caught plenty and a few tiger squid which are starting to show up as well.

Whiting are staying around the small boat channel from chain bank side to sand bank south of channel.and plenty of smaller ones north of Darcy light if you don’t want to go out to far.

Prawns seem to be getting caught around Coochiemudlo island Nikki and Scott netted a lovely feed .

so weather is turning but looks like a good day here and there.

February 21 st 2024

A few very nice days on the bay ,plenty of whiting in the chain banks area a few tiger squid showing up as well, the schoolies are hit and miss with the building of the bigger tides and the big spotties are teasing us but when you get one it is a lot of fun ,not staying up long but they are eating whitebait instead of razor pillies like last week ,so hopefully they will find the acres of whitebait further into the bay and if the schools get bigger they will be able to hold the bait balls together a little longer,looks ok for another day or so .

February 15th 2024

Well we had to wait for the weather but a few good days and fishing was good whiting around the chain banks is slowing up and they will probably move onto the banks and further into the channel , plenty of boats catching plenty.(i just wish those scale bags were never used).there are a few tiger squid showing up and a few small black king fish in the whiting grounds as well.

The spotties are in but small schools and not staying up for long and the reason is they are eating herrings and razor pillies and not blue bait or white bait i don’t know why as the schoolies are eating the smaller bait,anyway the spotties are north west of hope banks and hard to get if you aint got a fast boat and you can see them swimming on the surface or just under ,they are taking the chrome slugs but its hard work ,lets hope they find the blue bait (froggies) or whitebait and start balling them up on the surface so the turns can point an arrow to where they are..the good news is the school mackerel are around the hope banks and lots of 6 to 8 inch babies in large numbers so it should be a great autumn and winter season for them,and a couple of things one don’t throw the back frames away they have so much meat on and are so so tasty, second thing the laws are back so ring netters can catch spotties with nets again so don’t abuse the pros pls they have a license to ring net in the bay.

February 5th 2024

Patience has paid of a few schools of spotties in the bay and it should get better get youre chrome slugs and go chase a few.

February 4th 2024

Some really good days with light winds and the water is cleaning up nicely with the smaller tides and the school mackerel are back biting a little better around the hope banks ,got tod by a friend he caught a spotty but i need to see picture first.

Whiting are still in big numbers in the small boat passage so no reason not to get a feed and the kids can have some fun and a good day out ,my wife had a ball with the whiting caught so many her hands were sore.

I had a great morning at peel island on the snapper and squire around the hole in the wall ,perfect outgoing tide with not lots of run fresh whiting heads what more can snapper and squire ask for..

Mackerel should get better with smaller tides early this week ,and outgoing tides are perfect for snapper..

Whiting will be around for a while but will be moving up on the southern bank in the next few weeks.

January 25th 2024

Nice day middle of 3 or 4 blowing ones but big tides kept the schoolies a little quite managed 3 on the way out with my mate for a whiting fish so day ended up very good lots of whiting entrance to chain banks ,next few days looks pretty ordinary but going up for a look for spotties next week when weather settles wide of shark spit will let you know if i see any..good time to stock up on some slugs for throwing at the spotties or jigging for schoolies my 35 gram chrome slugs are sold at water tower bait and tackle very cheap and the ones with trebles are only a couple of dollars extra. these have been catching fish for me for 30 years so i can tell you they work a treat ..till next time good fishing.

January 22nd 2024

Weather turned out great and lots of boats out in the bay catching plenty of fish ,whiting were thick in the small boat channel around the chain banks with over 30 boats catching a nice feed ,bait of choice was definitely blood worms or beach worms prawns and squid were ok but the grinners loved the squid .my better half had a good day out catching plenty.

The schoolies were hit and miss around hope banks but the bigger tides did not help a few were caught ,but the best news was that a few big spotties have turned up so keep an eye out when the weather settles again .a friend Andrew caught a big fish on the troll on a spoon,

January 19th 2024

Some really nice calm days out in the bay for the last week of school holidays and plenty of fish for all ,schoolies were good around hope banks hour each side of the tides and the lee side when the water is streaming in or out,no spotties in the southern bay yet.

The whiting are in great numbers in the small boat passage chain bank side and very large fish.

The sweetlip are in large numbers along the bay islands and wellington drop of with some nice squire mixed in ,just got to put up with the green sea toads and extra large cat fish and a few sharks thrown in but worth the quality of the reef fish.

January 12th 2024

Finally the school mackerel have come back on the bite around the hope banks and a few as well at the measured mile beacon and a couple of big fish in the rainbow ,but sad to say not a sign of any spotties yet in the southern bay,oh well schoolies taste as good.

The whiting are in good numbers and big in the small boat channel entrance and maroon gutter and there are lots of squire sweet lip and tusk and Moses perch all around the bay island mullet flesh and whole green prawns worked very well for the sweet lip..

A few windy and wet days ahead but middle of next week looks ok.hope a couple of dead calm days like last week would be great.

January 6th 2024

Not the best day in the bay especially when wind against tide but lucky for us the whiting were thick in the small boat channel and chain banks.got our bucket and left .my old mate does not like to much rock and roll.

Water colour was terrible for mackerel but temperature has dropped a little since all the rain so hopefully next week if the water clears the spotties might make an appearance we can only hope.

December 31st 2023

Wishing all the best of health and happiness for 2024 and plenty of good days for fishing..

Plenty of whiting in the small boat channel and maroon gutter and some nice squire and sweet lip around the islands .

Be careful with the storms and debris in the water better to miss a day fishing and be safe then risk you’re life and family for a day out..

December 20th 2023

Cant beat a good day on the bay when you can take out a few young ones that have wanted to catch a few whiting for years ,fish were thick in the chain banks small boat passage ,kids caught plenty ,had fun,did not get a hook in the hands ,did not cut themselves ,learned to scale did not loose any of them ,had lunch and brought them safely home well done olivia,liam,zane old man now needs a nap..

December 19th 2023

MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND SAFE NEW YEAR..

thank you all for you’re feedback and kind words and i hope we have helped you get a few fish for the dinner table, lets do it again in 2024 if we can.

Whiting are plentiful in the small-boat passage along chain banks and also entrance to maroon gutter entrance and with these winds low tide once you get there makes it a little more comfortable.

The schoolies are small but a few big females mixed in along the drop of between green at chain banks all the way to the two greens on the western side of amity banks,a few small ones in the mix and a few in the rous channel but you need to put the time in to find them ,no sign of spotties someone posted that they are in the rous but until i see a photo i wont believe it..and still waiting and waiting for the tiger squid to show …till next few days good fishing.

December 14th 2023

A few good days that were worth a trip out especially whiting which are in excellent numbers and size thru out the areas of the chain banks rous channel and maroon gutter and fisherman’s gutter ,the fish at the chain banks small boat passage are really large 30 plus is the size of most fish ,plenty of boats on Tuesday Wednesday getting a nice feed.

The school mackerel are not on the bite with these big tides a few small ones around and still no sign pf any spotties deep into the bay ,saw a few mutton bay in the bay and there is plenty of bait if they decide to come in.

Sweet lip are in really good numbers around the bay islands and plenty of tusk fish in the shallows as well king island and western and eastern side of peel are good as is st Helena.

This week coming should be a good time to chase some schoolies around hope banks and the rous and south towards peel ,lets hope we start picking the odd spotty in the mix.

December 8th 2023

Some really nice fishing days on the bay with the schoolies starting again after the big tides rous channel is where they are showing up and also the north east corner near the start of the chain banks ,lots of little ones but we managed half a dozen really nice ones in between .

no sign of the spotties yet ,the water temperature is perfect for them so lets hope.

The whiting are in very good numbers in the entrance to maroon hole where the yellow floating beacon was which has now gone,who knows why ,so nothing there to show you the bank so be careful if you are traveling thru there at night, whiting have also moved into the small boat channel on the chain banks side.

Still no sign of tiger squid in these areas.

The squire and sweet lip are in good numbers around green island and st Helena ,so lets hope the cyclone stays north ..

December 3rd 2023

Rain and storms arrived and the whiting are on the bite from fisherman’s gutter and maroon channel on the rous side, and close in i have been getting some nice whiting north of Darcy but you do need to spend a little time finding them.

The water temp has risen nicely for the spotties to come into the bay a few reports from north but did not see any photos and till i see photos i don’t believe much , end of this week looks ideal for the schoolies to resurface and a few spotties to show up like last year will be out for a few days so will be able to see.

Terrible so far for tiger squid in close and not many at all in the whiting grounds but a few around the rock wall at amity and the rainbow channel ,a few also western side of moreton island in the weed banks close in, the chain bank area the damn big sea toads are a pain in the butt smashing expensive squid jigs to bits.

Some nice squire and sweet lip around but the ugly big catfish are also in numbers around green and st Helena and lots at mud ,thank heaven the pro netters are getting lots of happy moments and cat fish for the markets. sand crabs are also in good numbers and lots of muddies as well.

and be careful this time of year lots of stone fish on the surface floating in the bay especially when kids are playing with nets in the shallows.

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November 26th 2023

Well we waited long enough for the weather to settle and finally a couple of really good days but most were pretty shitty ,but that’s fishing ,tides are huge so we have to wait another week to see where the schoolies surface and maybe just maybe some early spotties would be good lets wait and see.

Lots of nice whiting in fisherman’s gutter and the entrance to maroon gutter and all the way to maroon hole starting to show up in the rous as well not big numbers yet .

Did not get a chance to fish for any snapper hiding from the winds but picked up a few nice tusk fish western side of green which was lots of fun and a bucket or two of whiting north side of Darcy light especially with good run in the tide,3 to 6 ft depth.

Tiger squid are hard to come by with a few been caught at the sand hills and amity along the rock wall ,i did try green today but water still murky and did not see any at all,they should show up in the rous and chain banks shortly as the whiting move in..

November 13th 2023

A few nice days weather wise only problem was no prediction on the storm coming thru on Friday night was not forecast till too late for most in the bay to do anything about it lucky it weakened out other wise i think BOM would have had it fair share of complaints.

Water was not the cleanest but the fishing was ok nothing spectacular a few small schoolies in close eastern side of green but no size at all and the snapper were replaced by sweet lip which was fun in the shallows at green on cuttlefish legs and no sinker ,lost heaps getting broken of but landed some nice ones to make it worthwhile.

The Darcy light area still has some whiting around especially a little north enough for lunch and dinner, and a few tailor still thru out the bay .

Looks like some ordinary conditions this week and hopefully it gets the whiting into the rous and chain bank area a little late getting there this year.

November 8th 2023

A few nice days on the bay and winds around to the north east and water is very clear and the small schoolies are arriving towards the western part of the bay ,lots of babies today just two keepers but it should not be long for the bigger ones to arrive.

The snapper and squire are in good numbers on the eastern side of st Helena and green island with some really nice fish,especially with outgoing tide .

A few nice whiting on the western side of st Helena but the pros worked it pretty good today so might have to wait for a few days plenty of fish for all ..

November 5th 2023

Winds abated and a couple of nice days school mackerel have still not come over to the western side of bay but hanging around rainbow channel,whiting are in good supply in fisherman’s gutter ,plenty of good squire and sweet lip around the bay islands and a tailor or two in the bay ,this little bit of rain should bring the fish on even more.

Plenty of sand crabs thru out the bay close in to wynum and lota so no excuse for a good feed.

Looks like a nice week coming up good fishing ..

October 29th 2023

Wow the winds have not eased at all and the rain and storms were a fizzle and its still blowing and looks like another week of it,the only thing is all that are putting out crab pots in protected areas in close are getting plenty of sand crabs and mud crabs ,as far as other fishing is concerned not many have ventured out at all so we need to keep being patient till this weather eases .

One thing to do when catching fish is to always looks at the stomach contents it is a wonderful insight into what the fish are eating here are are few photos to look at over the years.

October 17th 2023

Windy and wild and hoping to get some rain to flush out and provide food for all the hungry mouths waiting out in the bay,it will happen sooner or later.

But at least the whiting are still hanging around the fisherman’s gutter and blue hole i don’t thing they are going to come into the chain banks area till the rains arrive ,that’s normally the pattern , but my friend the whiting master got his bucket and a couple of kilos of fillets to take home.

The schoolies are moving all over a few caught north of mud island a few caught western side of peel and a few caught in front of the Leeds of wellington point but no great numbers at all.

So after the blow lets hope the schoolies front up close in but it has been fun looking at all the whales in the bay best season for seeing them for a long time.

see you on the water.

October 10th 2023

Finally the winds stopped and it was great to get back out in the bay,the squire and sweet lip and some nice snapper are being caught in all the bay island drop offs and the whiting are thick at the blue hole and fisherman’s gutter still managing a feed in the deeper water of amity banks,the fun part is seeing all the whales so close into the bay today they were only a kilometer east of king and green islands it was a great start to the day.

schoolies are not in any numbers in the middle of the bay picked one up just east of wellington point leeds ,they should start in that area soon i hope.

October 2nd 2023

Some great days in the bay lots of fish especially snapper and squire and the whiting are thick at blue hole and fishermans gutter the mackerel are down with these big tides but will be back this week rainbow channel opposite amity was best and the western side of peel i managed to snag one while looking for the whales and i have to say we have lots and lots of whales in the bay at the moment from south west of peel all the way to east of green and st helena and all the way to the sandhills they are everywhere.

managed some really nice fish at the south western side of horseshoe bay hiding from the northerly winds so lots of fun in the bay these last few days ,so if you get a chance take the kids and family to see the whales they wont be in for long and its lots of fun ..

till next time good fishing and whale watching spero.

September 26th 2023

Blowing a gale over the past week end but has settled nicely some nice fish been caught reef fishing has been good and a few jew in the bay as well my friend seb picked up a beauty just of amity banks and young george fishing with his dad picked up a nice squire ,and gavin trolling fist time in the bay with a spoon and diving board was thrilled with first ever schoolie,green island fished well for lovely pan size squire and sweetlip so fun had by all.

Anyone fishing the bay out of manly will notice new beacons in the bay east of green red and white 4 in total i was advised these have been put there by msq for the sailing folks to have permanent racing marks so be aware of them .

September 20th 2023

Some beautiful weather on the bay cant ask for anything better for school holidays with plenty of whiting around at the blue hole,maroon gutter and amity banks and some nice ones north of Darcy light towards the river on the shallow banks,been getting a few in the deeper water of amity banks in 35 ft depth as they are there to spawn and full of roe,which we love to eat.

The school mackerel are starting to show up in better numbers in close from green to wellington point and southern side of hope banks and along the drop of from chain banks all the way to the two greens at amity banks. better always with incoming tide., a few at rainbow but i would not waste my fuel for the odd one there at the moment,the good news also some real small babies in the bay which is good news for the next few months,

Squire are in good numbers around the bay islands and a few nice sweet lip at harry s as well.

The best news is plenty of whales for the kids (and adults i love seeing them) in the bay they seem to surface around lunchtimes so worth a look from harry s to hope banks to peel and Cleveland so enjoy them don’t get to close .

September 17th 2023

The weather was perfect just how i love it dead calm and lots of fish ,the school mackerel are waking up and they are on the bite but not all day east of the hope banks and south west of the banks is where they are fronting and big males and females a few smaller fish mixed in but it really should get better,good sign is always the whales come in the bay i dont know why but its been a pattern for many years, a couple of hours of the incoming tide seems the best time to get them Kimberly spoons at the moment working best as are the normal spoons a little bling on god or yellow is working best.

The squire were very good on the outgoing tide around green island and st Helena had a great day on Saturday bagged out and was catching and releasing 50 cm plus squire lots of fun.

the sandcrabs are thruout the bay from close in and thruout the bay so its time to catch a few.

the whales are in the bay so with school holidays good time to take the kids out between hope banks and peel seems the place to be but they are showing all over..

till next time good fishing

September 7th 2023

Managed a window this morning as the forecast was northerly but waking up this morning it was a SSE which was perfect for last of outgoing tide and wind in same direction,so hurried out (not to fast only do 6 knots) an hour later then i wanted but the fish were on plenty of big sweet lip and a few nice squire ,managed to drop the biggest one next to the boat but did not matter glass conditions and plenty of fish. happy days.

September 6th 2023

Nice enough week end had some good reports of a few school mackerel in close but ones and twos at the moment they should congregate sooner or later, if you are traveling slowly good idea to have the diving boards out as they could front up anywhere.,i went out today horrible northerly swell but glassed out with incoming tide fished out in front of wellington Leeds where the depth drops to 35 ft for some schoolies managed one nice one but the sharks turned up and that was the end of that ,interesting i have been catching nice whiting on the bottom in the same area and depth so when you see that growth on the bottom same as the growth on the first green at amity banks there are plenty of whiting so worth a try when anchored up floating pillies out, .

Water in close is pretty dirty with the storms and rain but clean as a little wider out.

August 31st 2023

Another trip around the sun for me feeling old hitting the 70th but as long as i can go fishing makes me feel better especially when i realize i have been fishing the bay for 50 years time flies,and i have to say with all the extra boats and fishing in the bay apart from a few changes the fishing is as good as it was back then.

The mackerel are making there way in closer but they for some reason go of the bite with big tides so as the tides slow the fishing for them will get better,still some being caught at rainbow channel and south of hope banks and a few in the Rous but not one area really firing yet.

The whiting have gone quiet around the Darcy light but the blue hole is loaded with them and amity banks has gone a little quiet as well the area that should start to fire this time of the year is the small boat channel chain bank side or maroon side,been picking up some large whiting in 35 ft depth while drifting for mackerel in the 35 ft depth at the first green at naval reserve banks

Squire and snapper are in good numbers at peel and a few at mud the artificial reefs are producing some nice fish as well.

The arrows are not in any numbers any more and the cuttlefish season is slowly ending,they only have a short life span but some folks going out and catching hundreds does not help ,i really don’t understand why,i am happy to go get a dozen and leave them alone especially as they are full of eggs at the moment.

Sand crab season did not seem to have stopped this year as they were getting caught all thru winter ,the disappointing thing this year so far very few whales in the bay hopefully they come in for a rest soon…good and safe fishing .

August 21st 2023

Some really nice days and the week end was great for the fishing and the calm seas and the fishing is great,the whiting have moved into the rous and the small boat channel on the maroon side ,darcy light keeps producing if you want a feed close in and the blue hole is packed with them as well ,a couple of interesting spots foe whiting incoming tide on the hope banks and at the first green on amity banks where most of us fish for mackerel lots of whiting in the growth 24 ft deep.

The mackerel are starting to move into the bay from rainbow channel to peel and a few in the rous will not be long when they will be closer to home .

cuttlefish are slowing down as the weather warms and the arrows are nearly gone but if you put the time in you can still get a feed. ormiston and wello seem best at the moment .

managed some lovely whitebait overnight which i was thrilled about so happy days for this old fisherman.and my other favourite is at the moment the whiting are full of roe…

did not get a chance to go snapper fishing but a few nice 40cm were caught at peel till the dolphins turned up..till next time good fishing.

August 18th 2023

Ok week with a few nice days thrown in whiting are nice and close at the moment at and around darcy light in shallow water 3 to 4 ft worth drifting on any of the shallow banks round the area and the cuttlefish are still hanging around but nit in the numbers that were there a few weeks back,the mackerel are hard to get in the rainbow channel especially with ton of weed floating hard to have a diving board out but for those that persisted they picked up a few on the outgoing tide between amity and tip of moreton island.

Have to mention my old friend the whiting master who turned 80 this week ,loved his special shirt he got for his birthday a original cuttlefish black ink print i made for him,may you have many more birthdays my friend.

August 14th 2023

The weather was good and the fish and cuttlefish were in good numbers hope the cuttlefish stay around a little longer but as the days warm up this might be a problem but i have to say its fun catching them and eating them at the moment,from ormiston all the way to mud island 23 to 35 ft depth just a good drift with youre jig just of the bottom and you should get inked and get a feed.

Whiting have started moving into the rous and small boat channel better late then never but in good numbers and quality and there have been plenty in the shallows east of wynum creek around the darcy light especially with the run in tide.

The mackerel have gone a little quite but should ramp up again a few caught north of amity and a couple in the rainbow channel they should get better and move into the rous as well.

Snapper season is nearly back so cant wait .

August 6th 2023

Nice three days on the bay started on Friday with weather being good till Sunday which went to poo poo,with rain squalls and wind making it very uncomfortable but the fishing overall was very good,went over to one mile and down the rainbow and the mackerel and bonito were in good numbers managed 3 on the spoons and a couple on pilchards the ones on pilchards were much bigger fish but Friday was the best as the tides got bigger the fish went down with one fish caught here and there all the way to amity,next week will be good again with smaller tides.

On Saturday whiting was on the menu and the amity bank shallows did not disappoint but you had to find which bank they were on and there were plenty .

And Sunday was cuttlefish and arrow day till the weather went wrong but managed last hour of outgoing tide and got plenty for dinner .

And keep an eye out as a few whales have come into the bay already on there way south with babies.

Weather not looking great this week maybe a window end of week till then.

July 31st 2023

The mackerel have shown up in large numbers between myora and one mile and all thru the channel in that area and a few down opposite amity ,and the whiting are in plentiful supply at amity banks eastern side of maroon gutter. took out my friend the whiting master and he cleaned up on both..and great weather,made it a great day.

July 30th 2023

Great weather and good fishing cant ask for anything more.

School mackerel are surfacing down the rainbow channel ,arrow squid and cuttlefish still in great numbers just wide of ormiston and wellington point and good whiting starting to show in the rous and maroon gutter and plenty in the shallows around darcy light.

Anchored up for a sleep in horseshoe bay and could not believe the size of the squire i 12 ft depth had to throw them back but it was so much fun when you dont expect them .

good news a few whales are showing up in the bay as well ..

good fishing

spero

July 28th 2023

Quick report to let everyone know that HOPE BANK beacon will not be operating as there is a problem with wind reading operation ,so it is beeing looked at and will be fixed asap would like to thank BOM for getting onto this so quickly we love this beacon as moreton bay fisherman and users of the bay..

On a good note a few schoolies are staring to show up between cleveland and peel island.

July 22nd 2023

I dont know where the mackerel have gone hoping they show up soon as i have not heard of one beeing caught ,there are tailor and bonito starting in the rainbow and thats where they were this time last year but nothing at the moment.

The good news the whiting are in good numbers in the maroon gutter where plenty of small fish in the shallows but bigger fish full of roe in the deeper gutters,also some nice whiting from Wynum creek to st Helena in the shallow water.

The cuttlefish and arrows are still in great numbers from Ormiston to st Helena and tigers in the shallows at wellington point and the shallows at green island on the whole of the east side.

I remember hearing all these years about no sand crabs in the months with no R in them but after the catches of a few friends in the last couple of days i think that theory has gone out the window. anyway the weather has been great and the rain thats predicted falls will be great for the whiting coming into the rous and small boat channel.

July 16th 2023

Weather great tick’ snapper season closed till august 15th ,sad , and school mackerel have gone extremely quite everywhere very sad…but the good news its the best ever cuttlefish big and small and arrow squid season that i can ever remember and the whiting are hard to find but just need to put the time in finding them.

Ormiston 24 ft mark has some very large cuttlefish and they are all the way to east of st helena i have never seen boats in groups of 10 to 15 all catching cuttlefish and arrows great to see and they do taste great. different jigs are working better on different days but the orange and pink and red ebi prawn pattern from daiwa and the yamashita rainbow seem to be the most consistent and hate to say but the cheap kmart razorbacks are also working well .

great to get some wonderful feed back from a couple of our readers who caught them for the first time and had a ball with the family catching them ,thank you for the lovely email.

whiting are all thru the maroon channel but you need to find them i am getting them in very shallow water 3 to 4 ft and not in the deeper gutters squid strips i am finding best .

July 8 th 2023

Some glorious days out on the bay which is good news for all the families going out during school holidays, the cuttlefish and arrows have been lots of fun from ormiston to st helena but seems they are in deeper water again the whiting are in the maroon gutter both ends but a little hard to find and the blue hole at the sandhills has some nice fish as well ,jew fish seem to be all over the place lazarette gutter and the brisbane river is producing plenty,the mackerel have gone very quiet and they should not be ,just waiting to see where they pop up either the rainbow channel rous or close in just have to wait and see. and please be careful out on the bay in strong westerly winds dont listen to some so called tv weather man that tells you great day on the bay in 20 knot westerlies IT IS NOT especially in small boats.good only close in to shore and in the very southern part of the bay between the islands but not good in the middle .. good fishing spero

June 30th 2023

Cold and a little windy but its school holidays and personally i think a great time to take the kids out for some fun catching arrow squid and cuttlefish on the eastern side of the mainland and green and st helena islands protected from the westerlies .

The cuttlefish and arrows are sitting on the bottom from 19 to 30 ft depth so all you need to do is drift anywhere from ormiston to st helena mark the spot you find them and just keep drifting over them or continue they are all over at the moment.

A sinker above the jig is all you need drop to the bottom and wind up a little a jig every now and then helps ,but be prepared to drop lots of cuttlefish as they tend to grab jig from the middle this is where the razorback jigs help a little but i still like my favourites yamashita,daiwa and masuta.

I find a long net helps get plenty close to the boat even when they are not on the barbs as they hold on all the way to the surface if you are winding in slowly.

so take the kids out and the family get inked and have some fun.. to remove ink from the boat i find the 30 second outdoor cleaner from bunning is a miracle spray on the ink stains and you can see them dissapearing before youre eyes and just wash of no scrubbing needed..

have fun with the cephalopods its a great season so far.

Report supplied by Spero Kartanos

REPORT FOR JUNE 20th

The weather has been great and the fishing excellent with all our favorite species in good supply,whiting ,school mackerel,squire /snapper and plenty of our cephalopods cuttlefish,arrow,and tiger squid so no excuse to go out and catch something for dinner.

Whiting have been hit and miss in the rous and maroon gutter but still around and big fish when you find them and get the tide run correct bit this time of year they are on the chew at the sand hills a little further to travel but if you want whiting you might have to.

School mackerel are in good numbers in the peel basin and the two greens of the maroon banks heading to peel and the area of the lazarette going east has plenty as well a few are starting to get into the start of the rainbow channel south of myora.

Squire and snapper are all thru the bay from all the bay island drop offs and the artificial reefs lots of folks are telling me they are catching small fish or undersized you will get that with small hooks and small baits try going up to 5.0 hooks and baits like whiting heads or whole garfish small mullet or anything that the pickers cant get of the hook in seconds .

The cuttlefish and arrows are in abundance in the bay from ormiston to the east side of st Helena and for the first time very large cuttlefish which i have never seen before in the bay just get the drift with the wind and tide same direction and a ball sinker above the jig pink and oranges working well an just have about a foot of the bottom .they seem to be in 19 to 34 ft depth.

And at nigh behind the boat there is lots of whitebait in the light around the islands a bait scoop net and you too could be having whitebait fritters or crispy bait fish for lunch..

just wish it was not so cold early mornings….must be that i am getting old..

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