Weekly Report 31 Aug 07

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Weekly Report 31 Aug 07

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:29 pm

Hervey Bay
The wind is due to come up again this weekendwhich will postpone a trip out into the exposed areas of Hervey Bay for manyof us, but all is not lost with steady reports of good fish coming in from our river and creek systems as well asthe protected areas of Point Vernonand Gatakers Bay. If you have planned to fish the Arty or the Sandy Straits on the weekend, make it very early as the wind is forecast to pick up mid morning and with the incoming tide against the wind, it will make fishing uncomfortable. We should see some fantastic fishing over the nextweek or two and through the coming months, as the run off from last weeks rain makes its way out to sea. The run off will give the Mary River the flush out it so desperately needs to sustain our drought suffering fishery. If you can get past the water hyacinth, which is every where in the Mary at present, there is some good fish to be had.

Burrum Heads locals have reported school mackerel around the last couple of beacons at the river mouth, the drop offs further north, and off the Woodgate Beach area. Bream, flounder, and the odd flathead are in the channel between the two boat ramps, with some big summer whiting showing up throughout the river system on live yabbies and small soldier crabs. There are still schools of winter whiting out off Burrum Heads, with best results being drifting. One land based angler landed a nice mangrove jack off the rocks near the mouth of Eli creek this week on soft plastics and gotbusted up on another. This is a good example of the flush out, and the winter to summer cross over period that has started.

Blackall have turned up off the shallow reefs atGatakers and the top off Big Woody Island.The herring have shown up at the pier this week with reports of mack tuna and mackerel on live herring baits as well as the usual bust off from the bigger specimens. Bream are still in good number off the Pier, Riverheads and Kingfisher Jetty. Queenfish have been taking spoons and poppers offthe rocks at the mouth of the Harbour early morning. There have been reports of trumpeter in the deeper parts of
the Susan River as well as tailor and bream.

Fraser Island is in the worst condition in 30 years, after last weeks big seas with much of the beach and gutters lost to the swell. There are a lot of wash outs and rocks exposed on the eastern beaches and the inland tracks are in a very poor state as well. Phone one of the resorts or ranger stations to get the best advice to travel the Island. Again the Island should fish well in the coming weeks.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast

Hi all, the run off into the bay and straits is just what we needed to get the fish active and feeding, The mouth of the Mary river, as we speak is running brown and full of hyacinth, washed down from the Mary and Tinana creek catchments. This will become the trigger for many summer species as the food chain grinds into action but usually the first two weeks will be slow (what I call freshwater shock syndrome) then explode as the salt works its way back with the fish following. Water Hyacinth chocking River Heads boat ramp.

Already summer whiting have appeared with some good catches of 20 to 30 fish in the dirty mixed water, jew, cod, grunter, bream, salmon, queenfish and more will become frequent captures over the next few months and good areas to try will be along the Ungowa Ledge, Susan and Mary rivers and throughout the straits. In the past a good fresh has seen the arrival of good numbers of long tail tuna hunting along the current lines under flood rubbish washed out to sea. I won't be surprised if the channel hole area has a few soon. Mud crabs should make an appearance over the next couple of moons and just today I saw some nice prawns showering from the boat wash while leaving the river mouth. Leave the fishing for a week, service your reels and get ready!
If you would like to book a trip with Bargy just give him a ring on 0427 230 261 or visit www.fraserguidedfishing.com.au

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