Report 27 Jul 07

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Report 27 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:07 am

Hervey Bay
The fishing conditions for this weekend is shaping up to be fantastic with the light winds , run in tide early morning and a full moon on Monday should fire up the fishing that has other wise been non existent. An 88cm snapper caught on the arty on Wednesday night is certain to get enthusiasm going again after many fisho’s have dipped out over the last month. I am told that these fish are bursting at the seams with roe and are likely to spawn over the full moon. With light winds forecast a trip up the island is certainly on the cards. Try the reefs in close to Wathumba creek mouth for snapper and the gravel patches at Rooney’s and the southern gutters should fire on dawn and dusk. Closer in the 6 mile reef off Arch cliffs is worth a try especially when the whales are in the area. It has in the past, proven to be a big snapper hot spot. Arrive a couple of hours before sun down to collect live bait and to set up a burly trail.

The Arty this weekend will be quite busy with boat traffic which will spook these fish so an over night trip could be the ticket. The water is still gin clear so down size your leader and main line and use light weight to slowly drift your baits down. Burley a hand full of cubed pillies every 10 minutes or so. A few flathead reported throughout the week on the last of the run out and the start of the flood south of Kingfisher bay, River heads and the Boat ramps at Burrum. Big barracuda spotted cruising the shallows at the Picnics and Point Vernon. Sight casting to these great sport fish makes for a fast acrobatic fight. Release these fish as they are full of bones and can carry ciguatera poising.

The bream season so far has been great with fish up to 38cm not uncommon. Late afternoon and into the evening on that run up tide around Point Vernon the pier and the rock wall on mullet gut. Tailor now showing up at the pier, the swirls down from Walkers Point (Burrum river) and the Fairway mark. Reports of winter whiting have been slow this week with the small tides and windy conditions. Summer whiting off Dundowran beach and shelly beach on live yabbies. Reports of school jew in the Susan and Mary rivers with River heads boat ramp worth a go under the ramp lights at night.

Freshwater Report.
Dave has been up at Awoonga Dam this week with mixed results. The Barra have been almost asleep, one particular fish got beaned with a soft plastic as Dave sight casted it between the eyes but to no avail. He did manage 2 fish (88cm and 99cm) Wednesday casting soft plastics into the shallows. Lenthall’s Dam has been almost shut down for barra and it was very unfortunate to hear of the solid fish kill due to the extreme cold and lack of water. Bass would be the only option out there at the moment.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Hello all, finally some southeasters to warm things up here in the bay with water temps rising from 15 degrees to 17.5 in only a few days. This will fire the fish up and expect some good catches this weekend with the full moon on Monday night. Offshore fisho's will also be happy with 5-15 knot winds forecast from Thursday through Tuesday.

Some quality summer whiting, lizards and bream are being taken and snapper should be active this weekend also. The freezing temperatures this last month have been a disaster for our local impoundment barra with dead fish sighted everywhere last week, obviously from the cold water and we hope the efforts of the local fish stocking committee have not been wasted by this once in fifty year freeze. Time will tell.

A few big long tail tuna have turned up in some odd places, I watched one feeding over a sand flat while luring for lizards earlier this week, he was too big for the light tackle we had so we didn't even try. Hopefully the weather will warm from now but be prepared for another cool blast before spring.

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