Weekly Report 5 oct 07

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Weekly Report 5 oct 07

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:36 am

The forecast is for hot northerlies once again for the weekend. Lighter north west winds early morning and strengthening by the afternoon will see boaties out at the crack of dawn and back home early before the wind gets up. Neap tides and northerly winds the next few days will make it challenging around the bay, but remember the alternatives like drop a pot in the rivers and creeks for a muddy or shoot up to Monduran. The barra can’t resist these hot northerly winds.

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Fishing has been great with the report much the same as last week with big tailor coming in from Orchid Beach and Waddy Point with the closure now finished. Bream, dart and whiting have been caught along the beaches using fresh sand worms and pippies as bait. The dart, are of good size and make for a great fight.

Hervey Bay
Staff member Dave fished the Arti with some visitors on Tuesday for some nice grassy sweetlip and school mackerel. Floating out a pilchard on a set of gangs hooks on the tide change was the best technique. Dave also reports of mack tuna between the Arti and moon point. These tuna are feeding on tiny bait fish at the moment. Try using very small slices or smaller soft plastics and cast with the wind. This should see you hook up to one of these speed demons. School mackerel reported at the Trawler wreck out from the NU2 beacon as well as Maringa Bommie. The Burrum 8 mile has big schools of mackerel on it at present but a very gun shy to baits and lures as I am told there feeding on small bait fish. All these spots mentioned can be found in the Lets go fishing g.p.s book sold in store. Good size blackall, sweetlip and cod reported yesterday around the reefs at the bottom of Woody Island on prawn baits. Whiting have slowed up a little off our beaches due to the dirty water and neap tides but some reports have come in of big whiting at night in the Burrum and at Toogoom on live Blood worms and small soldier crabs.

Customer James Manssen and his father fished River Heads this week for some nice flathead on plastics. Grunter bream also reported from the upper Susan and Beaver Rock in the Mary. Sunday’s Pier Fishing Comp was a great success with over 150 entries on the day. Fishing on the day was slow due to the dirty water. Flathead, bream and whiting were the main species caught. Most fished were weighed in live and then released. The pier rats report school mackerel and flathead coming in earlier in the week. A few muddies reported in the rivers and creeks. These crabs are full of meat at the moment. Fresh mullet baits working best. Sand crabs reported down the straits around Tuan.

Freshwater Report.
Staff member Wayne fished Lake Lenthalls on Sunday for 8 nice bass up to 48cms casting into the steep banks east of the boat ramp. Daiwa pro- vibe lures worked well early morning then as the day warmed up they worked the deeper holes and found jigging with Basstrix Fat Minnow soft plastics in the freshwater colours out fished everything. Last Friday and Saturday Monduran dam fired up and with some metre plus barra coming in from way up the top of the dam. This area is well away from holiday makers and boat traffic. Be aware of low water levels. E.g. stumps. Shallow running B52’s in gold and silver and Viper lures have worked well. Staff member Paul fished the dam all day Monday for two cat fish, but he took it on the chin and will return when it heats up again. Don’t forget the Monduran family fishing comp on the 13th of this month. For more details ph.41573881.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Last week I had a three day charter booked with Tony Banezager and his father Bob and good mate Alasdair from Tassie. Unfortunately the worst part about advanced bookings is the unpredictability of the weather. The crew arrived to be greeted by 20 knot plus NNW winds, very tough for good fishing. We ventured forth for the first day and although the winds were constant around 20 knots the boys caught a 90cm flathead, a couple around 65cm, trevally, big bream on plastics and one 46cm mangrove jack (busted by another). Not bad for the conditions!

The next day was almost wiped out as the winds were worse, fishing was tough but a terrific mud crab in one of my pots and that night the lads ate the best crab they have ever tasted. The last day dawned slightly overcast and still from the north, but pleasantly lighter so we decided to head north up Fraser. Our first location was only a couple of miles offshore, full of bait but only a few school mackerel were landed, next location was our jackpot as the boys had a constant five hours of hookups, bustups and landed some nice fish including a 9kg golden trevally, painted sweetlip to 6kg, scarlet sea perch, mackerel and blue spotted trevally to 5kg. With our pride restored the boys returned back to base for a few beers and some great memories before the flight home, thanks boys (they are back next month) I can’t wait. 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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