Report Tuesday 10 Jul 07

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Report Tuesday 10 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Tue Jul 10, 2007 7:40 am

Hervey Bay
We apologise for the late report due to gremlins in our computer system. Light wind’s earlier this week made for great boating weather throughout the bay but the fishing has been fairly slow once again for snapper in close. Most of the snapper have been caught up the island and out wide. The weekend’s forecast looks promising so far for fisho’s to wet a line. The calm conditions early this week saw a fleet of boaties out and about chasing whiting off Dundowran, Toogoom and Point Vernon with mixed results. The size of the fish and schools vary from day to day. Berkley gulp plastic worms, sand worms and yabbies have been the best of baits.

Good size bream have showed up around the pier in good numbers and some fish have measured up to 38cm’s. Best bait’s for the bream off the pier is dead herring or pillies fished along side a burley trail to keep them interested. These bream are all full of roe this time of year which mean’s that they are spawning so try to limit your catch. Reports of some good snapper around the gravel patches around Roonies and off the washing machine arty around the Wathumba area. Frying pan snapper in good numbers up the Island as well as trevally. The pelagic fish around the bay are few and far between and only the odd school of mack tuna was spotted up the island this week. Mackerel have also been very gun shy due to the clear water so try fishing for them early morning with light fluorocarbon leaders. Try the Fairway buoy for tailor, mackerel and golden trevally.

The arty has also been hit and miss this week for snapper. There are showings of snapper on the sounder but they are ignoring every thing you throw at them. Fishing lighter leaders and smaller baits have seen the odd fish being landed. The mass schools of herring in the boat harbor and around the bait grounds are still thick. Flathead have been good on soft plastics on the western side of Fraser with good catches around Wathumba Creek and Moon. Again Berkley Power Baits and Snapbacks have been the pick of the plastics.

Baitrunner Fishing Charters Rainbow Beach Ph 07 54868666.
In close spotty mackerel around the 3-4kg mark and big cobia up to 20kg. While at anchor good size scarlets, sweetlip and snapper. Wider out the main catch has been pearl perch, parrot, Moses perch and sweetlip.

Freshwater Report. No report.

Horsepower Restrictions and Gate closures Lenthalls Dam
Fishermen 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, Lenthalls 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. Lenthalls 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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