Weekly Report 21 Sep 07

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Weekly Report 21 Sep 07

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:20 am

Well it looks like a good weekend for anglers tohit the water with winds predicted to be 10 to 15 knot SE on Saturday and 10knot variable winds on Sunday. School Mackerel are still being caught from the Fairway Buoy and 6 Mile Reef. Floating a whole pilchard on a set of ganged hooks seems to be the best method to catch a feed of these fish. Over the shallows reefs anglers have been able tocatch a few coral bream. As the water temperature warms up we should start tosee a few more of them getting caught around the bay. The best baits are hardiheads or prawns with fish also being taken on 4 inch Berkley Powerbaits.

Good sized summer whiting have been caught along the foreshore on live yabbies and sand worms. Remember to use a light sinkerto keep the presentation of the bait`natural. At the moment there are good numbers of Herring at the Urangan Pier. Try using bait jigs with smaller hooks to increase catch numbers.Long tail Tuna are also being caught on live herring set under a float.

Freshwater Report.
Once again the Bass at Lenthall’s have been firing! Anglers have been regularly catching fish up to 53cm using lightly weighted soft plastics and small poppers in the morning and afternoon. Team Daiwa pro vibes have also been accounting for a lot of good fish. Cast these lures into pockets ofwater between the lily pads and slow roll them back or drop them along the weed bed edges and hang on. As the water warms up we should see some more Barra being caught at Lenthalls. Small Tilsan Barra’s and Rapala X-raps worked slowly with a few twitches imitate the bait found in the dam that the Barra are feeding on.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast .
Hi all, the forecast for this weekend looks like 10 knot south increasing to 15-20 SSE on Sunday so it all looks good. The waters are starting to clear and warming temperatures are starting to see fish movement. I fished a charter yesterday in the bay and found good schools of mack tuna and some Long tails mixed in also. While the average size was only around 3-4 kg some bigger fish were also present. These fish can be tough at this time of the year mainly due to the size of the bait they hunt (around 15-25 mm long ) and it is very hard to match the size with a lure. Fly anglers will have a better chance with smaller imitations easier to cast on fly tackle.

Big summer whiting are being taken along the foreshore on yabbies and one angler I spoke to has been catching them on small poppers off Point Vernon after watching the story on the fishing DVD no.8. Some big blue salmon have started to show and there hit and run feeding habits make them hard to get a cast at, very frustrating! Big flathead are still in good numbers and it is good to see many anglers now releasing any over the maximum length of 70cm, this can only be good for future numbers as the
big ones are all breeding females.

Offshore has been quiet due to the persistent north winds but they should ease soon and the offshore fisho's will have a chance. Some nice squire have been taken in the channel hole and some grassy sweetlip should be starting to make an appearance. The water temps are presently 21-23 degrees depending on the location and will only get warmer from now on so things are improving. Tight lines.
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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