Report 20 Jul 07

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Report 20 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:44 am

The fishing throughout the bay this week has been very quiet even though the conditions and tides favored the fisho. The reports coming in have been of many unsuccessful fishing trip’s here in the bay, rivers and creeks and as far up as Roonies. The winter whiting have slowed down a little with size and numbers around the Dundowran and Toogoom area’s with the majority of fish caught off the old trawler wreck just north of the Nu2 beacon and south of the Boat Harbour rock wall. Summer whiting are being caught at night off Shelly beach and the western side of Big Woody island on the making tide using live yabbies. Bream also at night along the rocks at Burrum Heads, River Heads and Point Vernon on mullet strips, mullet gut and chook gut fished un weighted.

Flathead have been the saviour of many anglers this week with good fish at South Head and the mouth of Eli and Pulgul Creek, Round island is also producing some big flathead on soft plastics. The upper reaches of the Susan river and Isis river have seen good size grunter on live yabbies. The arty has disappointed us snapper fisho’s once again this week throughout the day but have had the odd report of the mad keen angler landing good fish during the night. Soft plastics jigged in between the 3 ships and the K’gari has been an effective technique this winter especially at sun up.

With the southerly winds at present fishing the making tide should slow your drift down enough to use lighter jig heads such as 5 and 6 gram heads. The choices of plastics are mainly flick baits in the 3 and 4 inch sizes. Natural colours seem to be the best at the moment with the translucent colours producing the goods in the clear water that we are seeing at present. Brands to look out for include the Squidgy, powerbait, gulp and snapback ranges. In particular the Berkley gulp in watermelon neon colour and glow, squidgy flick baits in flash prawn and Berkley powerbaits in smelt scales, Galaxia green and pumpkinseed If your heading further a field to Wathumba try snapbacks in the Albino, White and electric chicken colour rigged on ½ ounce Berkley nitro heads. A suitable outfit for this style of fishing consists of a light graphite rod in the 6ft 6 to 7ft range matched up with a good quality spinning reel in the 2500 to 4000 size and spooled with 10 to 15lb braided line. Suitable leader material ranges from 15 to 20lb fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon is used because it is more invisible to the fish and has an exceptionally higher abrasion resistance. Come and see Brockalina or JoshyBoy to find out which plastics and methods are working at present.

Baitrunner Fishing Charters Rainbow Beach Ph 07 54868666.
Tony tells us he caught snapper up to 6 kgs as well as some nice pearl perch, parrot, moses and sweet lip. Pillies and squid are working well for bait.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast
Hi all, what a week for weather with 5 knots earlier in the week increasing to 20-25 knots for the weekend. Fish wise it has been a quiet week, I did manage to get out with Dave Ingrey on tuesday and we landed some nice sweetlip,parrot, pearlies and released cod around the 30kg mark, some bigger ones got away. Good whiting are starting to show on the bigger tides on the moon and the next month should be good, try targeting them on small poppers worked fast in shallow water, try to imitate a skipping prawn they love it and are all big ones.

Big flathead are here with some fish landed over 90cm, remember any over 70 cm must be released as they are females, since this maximum size has been introduced I am seeing more of the bigger fish every season. through the week I had one client land a couple of giant travelly caught from a school of over 50 fish we found in the straits, they were only in 1 meter or water feeding on hardiheads and considering the water is cold was a good find. The water temps in the bay are just over 15 degrees but as the days lengthen the temps will slowly rise bringing on some action. Barramundi are a far away prospect at present, even finding them on the sounder a live bait is not producing it is so cold. Hopefully next week with some southeasters and warmer days some better fishing will be found. If you would like to book a trip with Bargy just give him a ring on 0427 230 261

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