Whiting and flathead biting out in the bay

Ross Collison with a good result crabbing in the rain.
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Ethan Grundy with a shark caught and released off the beach while tailor fishing.

Heavy rain over the past week has turned many waterways brown and pushed the fish into cleaner, more saline waters.

The main species on the bite are whiting and flathead, with a few tailor around bar entrances and bream.

At Jumpinpin the better whiting catches came from the western side of Tabby Island, in the deeper water in Tiger Mullet Channel and just off the Stockyards near Kalinga Bank.

Flathead have been in similar areas as the whiting although lures have not accounted for as many fish as bait this week because of the water colour.

Best baits have been small pilchards, whitebait and hardiheads rigged on a flight of 1/0 ganged hooks.

The trick for flathead, especially in these conditions, is to keep the bait moving, making it much easier for the flathead to spot rather than a dead bait sitting stationary on the bottom.

The rain has flushed a lot of bream out of hiding, especially round the shallows of the bay islands and rock walls off the Wynnum and Manly areas.

Mud crabs are worth the effort and there has been a run of sandies on the eastern side of the bay away from the dirty water.

Banana prawns were in reasonable numbers until the rain; the best results now are in deeper holes north of the Logan River mouth.

Offshore anglers are reporting a few pelagic species around, including wahoo and Spanish mackerel but you have to target them.

Bottom bashing continues to produce small snapper, tray, pearl perch and a mix of other reef species.

There have been some big cobia caught over the past few weeks for those using live baits on shallow reefs.

On the freshwater scene, redclaw are improving with some of the smaller dams like Maroon and Moogerah turning up good numbers over the past few weeks.

Bass continue to dominate in all impoundments, with a few yellowbelly around any timbered areas.

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