Report Thursday 24 May 07

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Report Thursday 24 May 07

Post by Brad » Thu May 24, 2007 2:26 pm

Moderate to fresh south easterly winds are forecast for the weekend, so launch the boat early to beat the wind or get up the river and creeks. Neap tides this weekend will see little tidal run. The pick of the tides would be to fish the early morning run out on Saturday and Sunday. The reports this week have been very good thanks to the light winds and new moon. Reports this week of sweetlip, cod and blackall caught off the inshore reefs. This is unusual for this time of year as we should have cooler water and these reef fish should have moved out by now. The fresh south westerly winds are needed to bring the snapper on the chew, out wide and in close. The next full moon will be ideal as long as the fresh south west winds continue.

On the Arty early this week there was the odd 3kg snapper landed early morning on Pillies and soft plastics in the 4inch stick bait style. Mackerel were thick around the arty and the Beacons as well off Congeal creek. Golden Trevally have be trolled up on the Bait grounds west of the North Cardinal mark as well the eastern side of Big Woody Island. Mack tuna still working around the bay in areas like the bottom of Woody Island and off Moon Point. The tuna will take a 45gram Raider cast ahead of the school and wind like crazy. Out wide at the Southern Gutters last weekend saw a 18Kg red emperor caught early morning using live yakkas as well as coral trout and cod.

Good size dusky flathead are on the chew at the Burrum river, River heads and around Point Vernon. Winter whiting are schooling up around the south side of Round island. Look for the boats anchored up for the schools. If the boats are moving around it is usually a sign they are only catching the odd one here or there.

The pier is producing school mackerel and mack tuna on live herring, good size bream at night around the pylons. Good summer whiting reported of Dundowran beach as well as in between the two rock groins on Shelly beach.

Baitrunner Fishing Charters Rainbow Beach Ph 07 54868666.
Tony tells me his boat has bagged out on snapper and spotty mackerel this week. Good catches of pearl perch, reds and tusks fish.

Freshwater Report.
This colder snap will certainly make it harder fishing for Bass and Barra on Lenthalls. Use deeper diving lures to get right into the strike zone quickly. Once there, try to limit your retrieve to keep the lure in the strike zone for as long as possible. Stump Jumpers with interchangeable bibs are perfect weapons of choice for this activity. Find the shallower bays in the sun for the warmer water.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.

The cold westerly winds have finally arrived with Wednesday morning cold and still perfect weather for long range fishing trips to the gutters or outside the island. The reefies bit well over the last new moon with snapper, pearlies, sweetlip and parrot biting well. Some big spotted mackerel are in good numbers off the bottom bar also and are taking floating pillies and raider spoons.

Further inshore the Urangan jetty has been good for whiting in the first gutter and doggie macks on the end. Last week I had Gary Carter from the US on a charter, he needed a long tail tuna to complete his world grand slam of every tuna on the IGFA list (the only angler in the world to do it!). We fished for three days with the tuna very fussy, pulling the hooks on several until he landed a 10 kg fish, he was very excited. Further up the bay I have seen some big queenfish and the odd giant trevally herding bait in the shallows, they were hungry and took to 65 gram raiders and 3 inch clousers fished on a 9 weight fly outfit. Closer inshore squid are in good numbers and are in good size. This weekend is small tides so fishing may be quiet but always try for an oversized snapper out wide. Tight lines.

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