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Moreton Bay abundant with bait fish

MORETON Bay is alive with bait fish, schools are showering everywhere chased by a mix of pelagic species including mackerel, tuna and tailor.

Anglers will need to fish early with top bait to catch quality, but even midday with pillies has tuned up a feed of keepers.

Harry’s continues to be a top spot, as is the shallows of Peel and Mud islands.

A lot of just legal snapper have caught on the rubble bottom just off the Wellington Point, Manly and Cleveland as well as around the rocks at Scarborough.

Diver whiting are also in good numbers on most banks.

Most anglers are struggling to find any numbers on banana prawns.

The action continues to be in the southern bay from Macleay Island to the mouth of the Logan.

Mud crabs are still turning up and thos who are putting in the effort are catching three or four.

The best time has been the run-in tide during the evening.

Sandies are also in good numbers with the best catches from the edges of the Pelican and Banana banks and down the western side of North Stradbroke Island.

Surf fishing has been good for a mixed bag, but anglers will need to fish into the night to catch the tailor.

In the estuaries the main species are whiting and flathead while small mulloway have been on the bite.

Anglers should always have a live bait or a few banana prawns threaded when they are out on the water.

Mackerel catches at Palm Beach, Kirra and Mermaid have slowed, but those persevering are still getting a few.

Bottom bashing will produce a good feed on both the shallow reefs and in deeper water.

Amberjack and kingfish have been caught on live baits again this week.

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