More options for the small boat brigade
  |  First Published: June 2017

Pumicestone Passage is fishing well at the moment, with anglers picking up bream and whiting off the sand banks in front of Bells Creek on the run-out tide. There are plenty of yabbies and soldier crabs there to use for bait, or if you don’t want to collect your own bait you can use live bloodworms from our shop.

Locals are catching flathead on the run-in tide at the entrance to Bells Creek on a variety of soft plastics. With the current water quality, one of the best plastics lately has been the 4” Samaki Boom Bait Bomb Shad in pearl white. Plenty of flathead are falling to hardbodies too, such as the ever-reliable Lively Lures Micro Mullet and the Atomic Hardz Shiner 60 in blood red.

The Military Jetty has been fishing well for queenfish and trevally on surface lures at first and last light. The standout lures have been the 60mm Lucky Craft G Splash and the 80mm Atomic K9 Bulldog, in a variety of colours. Amongst those fish, the guys fishing with live pike have also been catching a few mulloway as well, in the 60-90cm size range.

Middle Banks in front of the power boat club been providing good catches of whiting. There’s also the odd little golden trevally being caught there on live yabbies.

The boardwalk has been fishing well for bream, flathead and just-legal grassy sweetlip. The stand-out baits have been herring, prawns and small pilchards.

Around the entrance to Currimundi Lake you can pick up bream, whiting and flathead. Anglers are also catching mulloway and small tailor at the beach side of the lake in front of the lifeguard tower. There’s still the odd mangrove jack being caught on live bait in the upper reaches of Currimundi Creek.

Southwesterly winds mean the bar should be calming down a lot compared to recent months, which will let the smaller boats get out to the inner reefs to target small snapper, longtail tuna and sweetlip.

Out wide, the lower end of the Barwon Banks has been yielding good catches of pearlies to 60cm, some nice-size snapper around that 3-6kg mark, some great catches of tuskfish (parrot). Schools of mackerel and mac tuna are still around, and good spots to try are around Currimundi Reef and Brays Rocks.

For all the latest info on what’s biting and where, drop into Caloundra Fishing World at 7/8 Yay Ave, Caloundra or give them a call on (07) 5491 4566.

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