A Fisherman’s Paradise – A Stone’s Throw from Brisbane

Looking at Cape Moreton from the East

Looking at Cape Moreton from the East

In his first article for Kaydo Frank Oostenbroek takes us on a tour of his back yard Cape Moreton. I am sure you will agree his is a great addition to the Kaydo Pro Team.

White Sands and Pristine Beaches

Have you ever wanted to leave your footprints on some of the most pristine beaches and walk on the third largest sand island in the world? Just picture the massive sand dunes, crystal clear lakes surrounded by natural forests and some pretty amazing scenery. You could even drive along the beautiful beaches and witness the annual migration of our hump back whales from the very tip of the island while standing next to Queensland’s oldest working lighthouse. All this, and some of the best sport fishing grounds around, just a stone’s throw from Brisbane.

Tammy Oostenbroek caught this Black Marlin in just twelve meters of water

Tammy Oostenbroek caught this Black Marlin in just twelve meters of water

Billfish, Dolphin Fish, Wahoo and Mackerel

Black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish, dolphin fish, wahoo, four or five varieties of mackerel as well as snapper, yellow tail kingfish, cobia, amberjack together with countless other species of hard fighting and good eating fish are just some of the regular catches around Moreton Island. I must admit, sometimes I just don’t know what species to target next.

Although the end of summer is just around the corner, it doesn’t mean that our pelagic season is coming to an end; in fact the larger Spanish mackerel have only just arrived. It was only last week that we spent the day trolling hard body lures for Spanish mackerel, within meters from Cape Moreton. You don’t have to venture out to deep water to find great fish as my daughter Tammy found out when she caught a black marlin off North Point in just twelve meters of water.

The reef system around Cape Moreton stretches to the north and south for miles and although many of the more popular spots have a tendency to be a bit over crowded on weekends, there are still plenty of areas than will deliver a good variety of bottom dwellers.

Tammy Oostenbroek caught this Black Marlin in just twelve meters of water

Tammy Oostenbroek caught this Black Marlin in just twelve meters of water

Hot Steamy Days in Search of Dolphin Fish

The days are still very warm and humid with the water temperature just less than twenty six degrees so my focus is still very much on trolling. In the last few weeks we have mainly targeted the dolphin fish which were around in massive numbers. At one stage my daughter Tammy asked me to please stop trolling because her arms didn’t have the strength to pull in another dolphin fish. The average fish weighed approximately eight or nine kilograms with one just under the sixteen kilo mark.

Preparation for the day’s fishing

There have also been quite a few other people who have asked me to show them some of techniques I use to catch dolphin fish and it is not until you start to teach people what to look for, that you realise how many things you do instinctively whilst on the water. I must admit that I also sit at home and study the sea surface temperatures, weather forecasts and fishing reports for hours. Lately I have found a new web site at www.windyty.com that provides a very comprehensive forecast, which allows me to look at a predicted twelve days in advance. The feature I use the most is the wind direction and speed and that seems to be pretty reliable for at least twelve hours.

X-Raps for Spaniards

I spend quite a bit of time showing people of all ages and backgrounds some of my methods and techniques in the hope that they may be a lot more successful in the future and one of those people was Aaron Gilmore who was keen to learn a bit more about trolling for Spanish mackerel. Aaron had just moved down from Townsville and was new to the area. He had also purchased an eighteen foot American boat and wanted to take his father John out for the day as well so I suggested that they accompanied me on their own boat.

Aaron Gilmore with his first Cape Moreton Spanish Mackerel

Aaron Gilmore with his first Cape Moreton Spanish Mackerel

I have fished for Spanish mackerel in many parts of Queensland and in my experience, I have found that they seem to like relatively shallow areas with plenty of current and if that coincides with the presence of a rocky outcrop or reef system all the better. We just happened to be right next to Cape Moreton at the time and that location met all of those criteria. The other important factor is the abundance of bait which also happened to be in the area so we stopped for a minute to set up the rods.

We connected a couple of X-Rap 20+ hard body lures to a short piece of number 4 single strand wire with a haywire twist and released them into the slightly green water. It was literally minutes later that Aaron caught his first Cape Moreton Spaniard which weighed close to fourteen kilograms. You could see the excitement in their faces and it wasn’t long after when one of my rods felt the blistering runs of another Spanish mackerel.

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I did find it a bit difficult trying to manage the boat and all the rods by myself and as a result I lost a few top quality fish but it was great to see that both Aaron and John managed to capture a few fish from their own boat.

Future Articles

I would like to thank Kaydo Fishing World for the opportunity to provide you with an insight to fishing Cape Moreton and the surrounding areas and I hope to keep you informed with some of the latest news as well as a little more detail and photographs of my latest catches on a monthly basis.

Frank Oostenbroek

About Frank Oostenbroek

Originally from Holland and migrating to the Brisbane area at the age of five, Frank (FrankO) Oostenbroek spent most of his younger days either fishing the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers for Australian bass catfish and sharks or catching snakes for his terrarium.

At the age of twelve, Frank was given his own rifle and spent many weekends hunting and fishing alone in the bush until he joined the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of seventeen. Frank spent the next twenty years working in the field of electronics/communications as well as four years as an electronics instructor. After leaving the Air Force, Frank started his own company, which specialised in the auditing and documentation of data/computer networks for many of Australia’s major companies and banks.

Frank has had the opportunity to fish in every state of Australia as well as in China, Indonesia, and Holland, but his true passion is fishing the deeper waters and reefs along the Queensland coast. You will find Frank living just forty five minutes north of Brisbane on beautiful Bribie Island, which provides easy access to many fresh water rivers and impoundments, as well as the protected waters of Pumicestone Passage, but the main reason Frank lives there is the close proximity to Cape Moreton where he specialises in fishing with soft plastics.

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