Prawn Fishing at Sunset

After the Circus I walked back to Redland Bay and took the ferry back to Russell island. To my delight, it was sunset time and I was treated to a beautiful sunset over the water.

I noticed small boats fishing and realised they were prawning. Often  prawns can be caught sitting on the bottom around weedy areas, with sand or muddy bottoms. Another surprise was the prawns often sit in water, between little more than ankle to not much more than thigh deep. This means it is best to seek prawns at low tide in Moreton Bay. But at certain times of the year, like right now, there are patches of prawns in the bay and you can see them jumping out of the water. This is when all the little boats come out into the bay to catch prawns using cast nets.

Cast netting for banana prawns, and as always, there is a lot of people chasing them.  They usually turn up in the southern bay at this time of year as well, top spots include the southern end of Macleay Island, western side of Russell Island down to the Power Lines south of the Logan River entrance.  the best technique is to move around concentrating on the deeper holes and channels using your sounder to find the schools, hopefully before too many others find them

Published by ladymaggic

Artist, Traveller, Researcher and Writer, currently living on the waterfront, Ooncooncoon Bay, Russell Island., where I photograph daily sunrises, sunsets and the Moon, as well as the changing colours and lights of the Bay and those who use it...the ferries, yachts, boats and the wild life... Travel photos and videos about many places in Australia​

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