Report Saturday 2 Jun 07

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Report Saturday 2 Jun 07

Post by Brad » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:47 am

10 to 15 knots south easterly winds are forecast for the weekend, good conditions to launch the boat but keep in mind that wind against tide can make it a little choppy which is what we have this weekend early morning. A full moon on Friday and the 8.30am high tide make for ideal fishing. The reports this week have been good especially for winter whiting and looks to continue over the weekend.

Reports coming in to us this week of a lot of just under size snapper around the bay and only the odd one around the 38cm mark being caught at first light and on the last of the run up tide at night. Believe it or not the bigger snapper are there and Dave from our shop proved that by landing a 90cm snapper on a 4in Berkley Power Bait soft plastic in the vicinity of the artificial reef early this week. One angler reports he caught his bag limit of 5 snapper at the arty and a 10kg long tail tuna during the night. Apparently catching long tail tuna during the night is quite common around the 6 mile reef during the cooler months. Sweetlip, blackall, sand bass and small snapper at Point Vernon on the run in tide using pillies and strips of pike. Remember to use small sinkers as this is a shallow reef and run the sinker straight to the hook. This will minimize snags. Sweet lip and cod at moon ledge as well as the Graves and the top of Woody Island. School Mackerel around the north cardinal mark, the Fairway buoy and Maringa Bommie. Early morning seems to be more productive on the mackerel.

Plenty of pike throughout the bay and gathering live bait on the bait grounds will better your chances either out wide or for a big critter in close. Flathead on the chew at River Heads and up the Susan as well at Burrum heads drifting the last of the run out between the two boat ramps. Walking the banks at Toogoom flicking soft plastics has seen some big flat head landed as well as the odd queen fish. Bream have just started to fire up at the Boat Harbor break wall, off the boat ramp at River Heads and the stones at Point Vernon. Winter whiting have schooled up at Gataker’s Bay big time and with good Quality as well. Try south of Round Island and the bottom of Woody Island as there are quite a few boats fishing those areas.

The pier is producing school mackerel, mack tuna and shovel nose sharks 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 but you need live yabbies or small solider crabs for those elbow slappers.

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.
A few Barra caught in the shallows early this week on Squidgy slick rigs but I am told you really need to stir them by casting at the same snag Quite a few times. Trolling hard body lures that run 3.5 meters deep in the old creek beds or places were the weed is minimal is a good technique. Good bass starting to fire as well. The gun lure at the moment is the Team Daiwa bibbed minnow made in Japan worked slow parallel to the lily pads. Trolling red and black spinner baits in the deep parts has also been very effective.

Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast
Well the wind forecast for this weekend is for 10 to 15 knot south to south easters so if you want to head out wide early is the go. Some good snapper have been taken out towards the gutters and Rooney’s wide but you need good weather to get there. Further inshore I saw a big king salmon about 15 kg caught last weekend up the Mary River. It was taken on a live mullet and kept the angler busy for about 15 minutes. These fish are great eating and love a live prawn or mullet and will take a lure also.

The wind last weekend was not the best for fishing, the pelagic action is slowing down as water temps drop but there is still the odd tuna and mack around. This is the time of year to target big macks off rainbow beach with fish averaging 15-20kg, there's no ciguatera down that way (supposedly)! Well big tides this weekend so give it a go, I will.

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