Take the time to drift

EXCELLENT weather over the past week has seen many fishos hit the water, but the best might be behind us with the weekend forecast not so bright.

Wider areas such as the southern and northern gutters, Rooneys Point and over the bar have been an easy reach for small to medium boats and are fishing well.

A fairly persistent southerly wind has kept the fish on the bite in the local area, however when the westerly wind does kick in the fishing has slowed.

Reef fishing has been great with good catches of trout, red emperor, scarlets, grassys and snapper coming from the Gutters, Rooneys and outside areas.

The trout bite has definitely dropped off with most fish taken only as the tide slows.

Some decent size reds have been taking big baits on the drift or at anchor along with a few snapper up in the water column.

Dead pike and herring have been working well, along with plastics such as squidgy flick baits and gulp jerk shads.

Catches of snapper have been common on the local reefs.

Try the Arti, Burrum 8 Mile and Fairway area.

Drifting with plastics is a great way to catch snapper on light gear, again flick baits and gulp jerk shads are working well on the snapper.

Winter whiting have been in good numbers lately, with the usual areas of Gatakers, south of Round Island, Woodgate and the strait producing fish.

It is quite easy to spot the mass of boats fishing around a school of winter whiting, but the fish are not only limited to these spots. Take some time to drift around and you will find other patches.

Bream have been on the chew, the pier has seen some cracking catches up to the kilo mark, along with a few flathead, school mackerel and the odd golden trevally.

Pike are thick on the pier and make the ideal live bait for flathead and goldys.

For the latest on what's biting and all the tips and tackle to catch them, drop in and see the guys at Fishermans Corner on Torquay Road, Pialba.

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