Checking out the beach scene on Straddie with good friend Mike Brozozowski from Cairns. Photo Contributed
Checking out the beach scene on Straddie with good friend Mike Brozozowski from Cairns. Photo Contributed Contributed

Snodgers didn't arrive down south, but plenty of catch here

LAST weekend we ventured down to Stradbroke Island, just off Brisbane, for the weekend to catch up with friends we only see once a year, and it was an opportunity to see if we could latch on to some of those so-called snodger whiting that these lifestyle programs gloat about.

As you can see the weather didn't treat us all that well, with temps ranging from 11 degrees to 18 degrees, and gusty south easterly winds around the 20 knot mark.

Great for whales, and surfers only, but you make your own fun.

The start of the fishing wasn't too bad, but at the end we threw back more than what we caught, only keeping three, just legal, "summeries", or yellow fin, throwing back infant dart, bream, and miniature yellow fin whiting.

So much for the elbow slappers which this place was so renowned for!

Never the less, as you can see by my grin, it was nice to be there sharing the beach, food and a few beverages with good friends.

Meanwhile, back up here the fishing was excellent with blue salmon and bream on the target list for those fishing the harbour.

The bream are big and fat at the moment, and catching ones big enough to slice some fillets off, is very easy to do.

Big green prawns are the way to go, as they'll eat them like lollies. Places like Hamilton Point, Tide Island, along the rock walls which are scattered around the harbour, and the Calliope and Boyne Rivers, are producing excellent numbers.

Even in locations like Colosseum Inlet, Turkey Beach/Rodds Harbour, or Pancake Creek, 1770 Creek and up at Yellow Patch, good numbers of bream, whiting and flathead are being seen.

This weekend is the start of the full moon lunar phase, and coupled with that, the big fella has organised the wind to drop out and the sun to shine.

Saturday afternoon, my guess, is that many will be heading out, taking full advantage of the dropping wind, and the fish coming on the chew, come sun up, Sunday morning.

Spots like Douglas Shoals, Broomfield, Sykes, Lamont and Fitzroy will certainly get a touch up, and we'll see excellent trout, sweetlip, and reds in the paper next week.

The pelagics are about in good numbers as well, so if you are anchored in the one spot out at the Shoals, Rundle or Jenny Lind Bank, make sure you float a pilly out the back of the boat in the tide. You will get rewards!

If you have a great picture of a fish send it to darryl.branthwaite@rh.com.au.

Make sure you think about the shot, with the sun, shadows and background!

Chosing to fish in a more calmer spot on Straddie. Photo Contributed
Chosing to fish in a more calmer spot on Straddie. Photo Contributed Contributed