Report Fri 12th Jan 07

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Report Fri 12th Jan 07

Post by Brad » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:22 am

The weather this week has been ideal for boating. The hot weather is increasing water temperature and along with the run up to the new moon should improve catches.

Because of the neap tides this week and along with the gin clear water the reports on reef fish and mackerel have been quiet.

Anglers fishing at night have reported good catches of big blackall {painted sweetlip} off Gatetakers boat ramp, the inside of the north cardinal mark at the top of Big Woody and even off the beach out off Pialba caravan park. The channel hole has fished well for cod and sweetlip during the night. Further down the Sandy Straits at Ungowa an angler caught two nice cod and a coral trout trolling the drop off.

Rooneys has produced some nice snapper up to60cms, cod and a few trout on live baits. Very few schools of pelagics have been seen in Platypus Bay, probably due to cooler
than normal water temperatures.

The pier has had a few macks and tuna taken early morning on Gladiator Mack spoons and soft plastics. One bloke reported he caught a couple of big queenies at night. Jigging for live bait has been hard off the pier.

A few mackerel have been caught off the drop off out the front of the Burrum River on trolled 4 metre diving lures and live herring. Try trolling your lures at 4 to 6 knots. There are still good jacks in the upper Burrum River. Try this weekend as the water warms and the tide is building as this is ideal jack conditions.

Prawns are still yet to run. The guys at Tackleworld Hervey Bay will give you a cast net lesson when you buy your new net. A 9 or 10 ft top pocket net is most popular
with prawners as this allows the prawns to get trapped in the top pocket plus you can empty your prawns through the top.

Squid have turned up in the bay. Try the pier at night or the shallow reefs. A 2.5gm pink jig works well off the pier alongside a lantern.

The beaches should fire up with whiting this weekend with the build up to the spring tide.

C/- Fraser Beachfront Holidays at Pyungan Rocks
Ph: 4127 9440

Phil tells me the water is very clear and weed free. Big dart are on the chew in the deeper gutters on pippies. A few bream and chopper tailor are off the headlands.

Whiting have been caught early morning. Try live beach worms if the fish are a bit gun shy due to the clear water and use very light leader line.

It is also worthwhile trying for flathead in some of the creeks at this time of year. Soft plastics or live bait are the most successful baits.

Chris Jabs

Tackle World Hervey Bay - Ph 07 41281022

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