Report Saturday 16 Jun 07

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Report Saturday 16 Jun 07

Post by Brad » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:50 am

This weeks report will be short and sweet. Cold and windy is the forecast. But for all you die hard fisho’s I’ll still report on what’s been biting throughout the week. The artificial has been fishing reasonable, with all the usual suspects taking baits. Snapper and Grass Sweetlip being the more plentiful catches. Cod and Spangled Emperor are also around.

Many anglers have been soft plastics fishing on the western side of Fraser Island fishing the flats for flathead. There have been quite a number of them caught, and it’s great to see all the photos that come in. What’s even better is that most of these flathead are released to breed and fight another day. Berkley Powerbaits 3 and 4 inch in the pumpkinseed or smelt colours are working well.

The new moon and tides are absolutely ideal for Bream fishing. The old oyster leases at Gatakers Bay, around Round Island, off the rock wall of the marina and the shallow rocks around Big Woody are the places to be. The best times for fishing bream seem to be the first of the run out tides. If you are new into soft plastics fishing, try the Squidgy slick rigs in the drop bear colour. These plastics are pre rigged and give the angler an easy economical lure to start out their soft plastics fishing experience. Now is the perfect time for maintenance on the boat. Check your safety gear. I have compiled a checklist for the basics.

Life Jackets – Although the legislation has not changed for some years, the powers that be are now enforcing it to the letter. Life Jackets must state the PFD type of the life jacket (1,2 or 3), they must have the Australian Standard 1512 mark on them, they must state the donning instructions, and they must have a date of manufacture. We have conforming life jackets for sale from $15.99.
Flares – make sure they are in date. Old flares must not be carried on the boat. They can be dropped off at the Maritime Operations building at the Harbour for disposal. Flare prices vary from store to store. A quick tip is to check the expiry date on the flares before you buy them. Tackle World Hervey Bay stocks flares that are the most up to date as possible, and at a great price ($59.99). Some maybe cheaper but they will probably be at least 8-12 weeks old!
V Sheet – a common item needed, but often overlooked!
Navigational Equipment – A compass and maps of the area is the basic form needed, but a GPS can come in handy to mark those elusive secret spots.
Radio or Communication Device – It’s not essential but I put it in here so that you are can be aware. You can’t rely on your mobile phone being in range if trouble strikes. Inexpensive hand held VHF radios are available from Tackle World Hervey Bay, you’ll be surprised as to how cheap an addition to your fishing equipment this item can be.

Baitrunner Fishing Charters Rainbow Beach Ph 07 54868666.
It’s been a little unpleasant for fishing this week on the Baitrunner due to the raging 20 knot winds, although Tony did get out earlier on in the week, with heaps of spotty mackerel caught. Big spaniards and cobia to 25kg put up a fight for anglers. The pearl perch, moses and snapper were all of good size and numbers. Quite a few parrot were landed as well.

Freshwater Report.
The cooler winds have almost made lenthals dormant for the time being. Not many reports of bass and barra have come in during the week, although a couple of eager fisho’s braved the monotonous casting time and time again. They were rewarded with 5 bass, the largest 49cm, and 2 barra. Just goes to prove if you are more stubborn than the fish, you’ll come up trumps more times than not.

Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
The weather this weekend is looking like south westerlies so out wide will be out. Anyone who has an 18 foot boat or better can fish outside the wide bay bar if the swell is under 1.5 meters. Problem is this weekend it’s much bigger. Inshore some nice summer whiting are starting to show as well as winteries. Squid are in good numbers on the prawn imitation jigs and are great to eat. I have been catching some big long tail tuna on spin and fly tackle for some clients. They usually take around 25 minutes to land and are great sport, OK to eat on a barbeque if marinated with a cold beer !

Earlier in the year we caught some big barra on lures, they fight well and were all released as they were big females. Bream are in good numbers around the heads and love fresh bait but are more fun on plastics and light braid. Well I will report next week so tight lines.

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