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Snapper talk of the town

Bayside BulletinSNAPPER are the talk of the town with anglers reporting excellent catches from a variety of locations across coastal areas of South East Queensland.

The southern bay has been a hot spot and some of the better locations include the eastern side of Coochie, the red marker ledge off the southern end of the island and around Potts Point off the top of Macleay Island.

In more sheltered waters, good catches have been reported in the Southport Seaway, deeper holes in the Broadwater, Kalinga Bank and southern bay.

They are taking a mixture of baits and lures.

Hard bodies trolled along rocky ledges so the lure is working a metre or so off the bottom has been productive.

Working soft plastics or artificial prawns slowly just up off the bottom has been another top technique.

Bait anglers are having success using unweighted hardiheads at daylight in the shallows or banana prawns, squid and mullet strips in deeper water.

Further north in the bay the wrecks and artificial reefs are also holding good numbers of snapper and mac and longtail tuna appear to be spread out through the entire bay with reports coming from anywhere between Peel Island to Bribie.

A few school mackerel have been reported inside the bar, at Shark Spit and in the top end of the Rainbow Channel.

On the offshore scene, not a lot of good reports have come in given the great conditions early in the week.

Snapper are plentiful, but mostly pan size fish.

Tuna have been the most common catch for those trolling lures, but few spanish mackerel are around headlands although anglers will tow for a lot of time between mackerel strikes.

Some decent amberjack and kingfish have been taken at 50 fathoms if anglers drop live baits down although the sharks continue to make life hard.

An evening fish has turned up good numbers of trag on the Gold Coast’s shallow reefs and better quality off Moreton.

Go to the Bayside Bulletin for the original article

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