Andy Takats with a mangrove jack catch.
Andy Takats with a mangrove jack catch.

Fishing report: Best spots to fish along Pumicestone Passage

PUMICESTONE Passage is one of those great waterways that is perfect for land based and small boat anglers alike, with the beautiful Bribie Island on one side and the mainland on the other there is not too many days when you can't get out for a fish.

Up at the Caloundra end of the passage the rocks at the mouth of the passage are a great place to target good tailor, the influence of the bar can create holes or channels on both the Bribie side and the Mainland side.

Just like fishing on the beach these areas can hold some quality fish. Good sized tailor, bream and jewies have all been taken here.

Soft plastic will also attract these predators, the Gastronomic Shad Tails by Izumi are a good choice here or you may like to try the Zman Slim Swimz.

Both these plastics have a similar profile to a small baitfish and work a treat on flatties and tailor.

Caloundra has an abundance of jetties and pontoons and if you are lucky enough to stay at one of the resort on the passage most have a jetty out front.

Ahme Graveson with three whiting
Ahme Graveson with three whiting

This is a great way to while away a couple of hours with the kids. As the channel tends to run directly in front of these resorts the fishing is sensational day and night.

With big flatties, bream, all manner of trevally, jewies and mangrove jack all inhabiting this area. In the past I have found that live bait works great here.

So get the cast net out and get a few herring and you will be shore to pick up a nice feed. If you are not into collecting bait, fresh mullet also works a treat.

For the lure anglers there is also a good population of prawns in the system so a prawn profile lure work well, a couple of my favourites are the Zerek Live Shrimp and the Prawn Star range, both these profiles are very realistic and come in a great range of colours and sizes.

A little further down the passage is the Power Boat Club, there are some great sand banks right out front that are perfect habitat for whiting, worms, yabbies and pealed prawns have all been responsible for some cracker elbow slappers from this area.

I have also nabbed some nice sized flathead in the same area. Pelican Water Development is another great fishy haven with bridge structures and numerous jetties this is a great place for large predators to hang out, if you are lucky enough to own a boat with an electric motor you can move from structure to structure casting hard body lures with the hope of getting some great mangrove jack.

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