Weekly Report 7 Sep 07

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Weekly Report 7 Sep 07

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:23 am

Well it certainly is perfect weather for ducks this week! The wet weather can only do good things for the fishing if and when we can all get a boat in the water again! Land based fishermen have been doing very well on the sand whiting off the beaches. The caravan parks are reporting good catches early morning around the Torquayarea. Local anglers report connecting to fish up to 30cm on live yabbies at Shelley Beach and off the pier. The pier has been absolutely alive with bait, which can only mean good things for hooking up to a pelagic or two off the end. Mack tuna and schoolie mackerel have been caught of late, but catches will improve in the coming weeks as weare coming into mackerel season.

Burrum heads again has been very dirty, due to theflush of fresh but anglers have reported reasonable mixed bag catches. Up the river grunter and estuary cod have been the pick of the species, with the Grunter averaging around 3kg. Mackerel are lurking around the first two beacons at the mouth of the Burrum.

Freshwater Report.
It is great to see the damlevels rise from 50% to 71%, and with more rain on the way it will rise evenfurther. This has obviously dirtied the water but the bass are starting to fire with the flow. One angler reports fishing the weed andlilies with weedless soft plastics and spinnerbaits with a bit of success. Tackle World Bundaberg reports Monduran fired up earlier in the week with barra over the metre mark taken on the troll. It’s getting closer to barra season, so come in and see the expert crew on gearing up for the big one this year!

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast .
Hi all, this last week has been a slow one due to the neap tides and freshwater still about, this weekend will see 20-25 knot ESE winds slowly abating to about 15 knots Sunday afternoon. At present the weather forecasters are predicting another east coast low to form off Fraser Island but I think it will be too far offshore to repeat the drenching we received last week. Some big whiting are still being taken along the foreshore at Urangan and live yabbies are the bait to use. After the fresh last week there is plenty of water hyacinth about stretching from arch cliffs right throughout the bay down to Boonooroo so the system has had a good flush, I went for a fish on Monday and caught little but everywhere I looked I saw big fish on the sounder and spooked a couple of big salmon in the shallows but they are just not active, obviously the reduced water temps are slowing them down but next week with temps up to 27 degrees it should change. One angler at the ramp had some big grunter but kept the capture location secret.

Further up the island snapper are still being taken around Wathumba and Rooney’s and some nice scarlet sea perch to 6kg were caught on livies late last week, reports from the gutters are slow but outside double island point the reefies have been firing with snapper, pearl perch and parrot. Some big long tail tuna are becoming active and starting to feed on the surface balling anchovies but they will get better next month. Lets hope for some more rain and better fishing.
Mark. 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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