Report Fri 13 Apr 07

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Report Fri 13 Apr 07

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:18 am

Hervey Bay
Good Friday was ideal conditions for a run out into the bay. School and Broad Bar Mackerel came on the chew early Friday morning around the Moon Point area and up off Triangle and Arch cliffs. Live herring and Gladiator Mack special 45gm spoons worked well.

Schools of Trevally and Broad Bar mackerel in good numbers around the Kingfisher jetty. The Arty was packed with fisho’s on Good Friday which made anchoring interesting.

I see a lot of people not being able to hold bottom on the Arty when there is a fair bit of run and chop. The most common mistake I notice is that their anchor chain is too short and isn’t heavy enough. The rule of thumb being your anchor chain should be at least the length of your vessel and longer for heavy boats such as glass and plate boats. Buy using a good length of chain and the correct size sand anchor and let out plenty of rope you can anchor up before the wrecks and fish back onto the structure.

If using a sand anchor be sure to attach the chain to head and zip tie the chain to the tail. This way the boat can trip the anchor breaking the zip tie and will pull free of any hook up’s.

Despite the crowds some nice cod were caught on the car bodies on live pike. I know of one local that fished the arty early morning for Five Snapper, the smallest being around 1kg using Pillies in a burley trail. Small schools of large Long Tail Tuna have been seen breaking the surface around the Channel Hole and Little Woody area and up in Platypus Bay last week.

The shallow reefs at Gatakers and Point Vernon are well protected for the Southeasterly winds and have produced Coral trout, Blackall and Sweetlip. Winter whiting in small schools south of the rock wall reported last week. Still some good Summer whiting off the beaches and good size Gar fish.

Muddies around the Mary and Susan rivers and creeks, but a lot of females amongst the catches which need to be returned. Still the prawns have been very patchy in places.

The pier has produced school mackerel and mack tuna also some Broadies on live Herring. The first channel is worth a try for whiting, Bream and Gar fish.

Burrum Heads Easter fishing comp was a huge success with 1300 entries, 170 fish weighed and released alive. The standout captures was a 8kg Tusk fish and a 1.04kg Whiting.

Rainbow Beach Tackle. ph 07 54863442

Wayne reports, Winter Whiting, Bream, Dart and Flathead off the beaches. Inskip Point has fished well with good catches of spotty Mackerel and Dart. Mud crabs in good number around the T-Bar creek area. Wayne tells me the Easter run of sand crabs has yet to fire up.

Freshwater Report.

Lenthalls Dam is producing Barra despite the windy SE conditions. One report is a Barra over 90cm. Try the old faithful Gold Bomber and aim your casts right into structure. If you are not in that strike zone (right up against timber) you are robbing yourself of a good fish. A troll with spinner baits is also worth a try for the Bass lurking just inside the protected Lilly pads.

Ranger services have commenced on the dam. They are there to provide information concerning the restrictions to motor size and speed limits on the dam.

Monduran is still producing Barra on the troll around the main basin. Again it is a matter of finding warmer areas of the dam to fish. The Tsunami Barra lures are working well in B bay a short run north up the dam.

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