Gordon Lund with quality flathead caught near Picnic Point in the Maroochy River.
Gordon Lund with quality flathead caught near Picnic Point in the Maroochy River.

Why you can still catch mud crabs in June

THE whiting are still biting, big bream are now being caught in number, the sea mullet are late, the tailor are yet to turn up and if you know where to look catching a feed of mud crabs is still possible well into winter.

Water temperatures hovering about 21C both in the rivers and offshore have the Sunshine Coast caught in the twilight zone with the presence of summer and autumn species prompting Swan Boat Hire's Matt Planck predicting a short winter fishing season.

 

Aiden Greenwood with a 36cm whiting caught in the middle Maroochy River.
Aiden Greenwood with a 36cm whiting caught in the middle Maroochy River.

"It's been the best year for crabbing and prawns," Matt said.

"The muddies are still running because of the water temperatures."

It is a general rule of thumb mud crabs can't be caught in months that don't contain the letter "R".

That is now no longer the case.

 

Greg with a nice Giant Trevally caught on a live herring from Chambers Island in the Maroochy River.
Greg with a nice Giant Trevally caught on a live herring from Chambers Island in the Maroochy River.

The two big flushes of the Coast's river systems have particularly benefited the Maroochy, hopefully clearing a big build up of a red/brown weed that's washed in from the sea making fishing difficult in the lower reaches.

Matt said even with the current big tides a strong fresh flow has been pushing seaward even on the incoming tides.

 

Craig Hobden with a few big Mooloolah river bream caught from the boat moorings.
Craig Hobden with a few big Mooloolah river bream caught from the boat moorings.

A large amount of water hyacinth has also been pushed out of Wappa Dam when it overflowed and down into the Maroochy River.

One raft of the weed measuring at least five metres long and two metres wide washed up on a sand bank in the river's lower reaches on Monday.

The Mooloolah River has experienced some bumper bream catches but Matt said what happened from here on would be dependent on water temperature.

 

Adam Cartwright with a 1.2kg bream 43cm long from the Mooloolah River.
Adam Cartwright with a 1.2kg bream 43cm long from the Mooloolah River.

Surfers and life guards are reporting the ocean is still warm regardless of the temperature out of it while Matt wonders why river temperatures aren't down to the 18-19C he would normally expect them to be by this time of the year.



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