Report Fri 16 Mar 07

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Report Fri 16 Mar 07

Post by Brad » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:49 pm

Hervey Bay
The weather looks great to head out tomorrow for a fish. So boaties should do their engine checks and be ready for an early session.

There have been reports of Grass Sweetlip, cod and black all throughout the patchy light reef around woody island. Both sides of the island are producing some good specimens. Please be aware of the green zone near big woody though.

It’s a common misconception that the green zone runs in line with the EU2 and BWN and then north out to the bait grounds. In actual fact it runs inside these two beacons to nearly the low water mark on the top of woody. If you are unsure where the zones are, just pop in to Tackle World Hervey Bay and we can show you on a gps plotter where the zones lie.

The morning high tides are absolutely ideal for shore based fishing from Burrum Heads right through to River Heads. Whiting and garfish on live yabbies and also flathead have been caught.

Moon Point and the flats around bridge gutter can be worked with soft plastics to find some great action. Flathead are on the chew with most fish taking white and or pink soft plastics. Brock tells me Galaxia green powerbaits are a good option as well.

Susan and Mary Rivers fisho’s are catching blue and threadfin salmon on live baits, and also casting shallow diver lures into feeder creeks and flats. This weekend is perfect whiting fishing tides; try the gutter on the southern side of the Urangan Harbour rock wall, Round Island. The bigger specimens seem to feed for only an hour around the tide, but can be caught in good numbers if you are ready for them.

Further out around Arch Cliffs the pelagic activity has been firing with schoolie and spotty mackerel taking baits and lures, unfortunately the long tail tuna have been a little scarce, but you may find a few schools of them on the trip out.

Rainbow Beach Tackle. ph 07 54863442

Wayne reports spotty mackerel everywhere down there at the moment. Hot spots being tee bar ledge and Big Mick buoy. They have been taking pilchards on gang and also chrome spoons.

Offshore, fisho’s have finally started to head back out and reaping the rewards. Good catches of Pearl Perch and Coral Trout have been found. He is also surprised to hear that Snapper have been getting caught although not of big size. He reckons that is quite early for them this year.
BaitRunner Fishing Charters Rainbow Beach Ph 07 54868666.

Craig has had the Baitrunner out whenever he can to make use of this good weather of late. He also says they are getting some Snapper out wider, along with Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Pearl Perch, Hussar and Moses Perch.

Freshwater Report.

Lenthalls Dam has still produced good Barra and Bass. Using spinner baits and poppers for the bass, and Squidgy slick rigs in the blue colour for the Barra.

Matt from Tackle World Bundy reports barramundi on the troll using the 10 foot diver lures in Monduran. The fish seem to be up a bit further towards white rock.

Pat’s Tackle World in Gladstone reckons a late evening or night troll with noisy Halco Rmg divers is the way to catch the Barra in Awoonga. The larger Tango Dancers at night casting is worth a try in the shallower bays as well, they make a lot of surface noise and the Barra just can’t resist them at the moment.

Horsepower Restrictions and Gate closures Lenthals Dam

Fisherman have been turned away at the gate because their motor exceeds the 6 horse power allowance restriction which is now being enforced at our local bass and barra impoundment, Lenthals dam. This dam is also Hervey bays main water supply so unless your boat has a 6 hp or less, or an electric motor you will not be let through the locked gate, which is manned by security.

Boaties with a 6 horse or more and an electric motor are being turned away. Only boats with a 6hp or less and electric motor or only an electric motor are being allowed entry. Obviously motors that are bigger than the 6hp allowance can be removed prior to going there. The security guard is checking every boat for motor size. Lenthals dam is open to the public between the hours of 6 am and 4 pm . The gates will be locked after 4 pm and reopen at 6am. This is only temporary opening hours whilst landscaping and other improvements are completed .

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