Weekly Report 12 Oct 07

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Weekly Report 12 Oct 07

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:56 am

The forecast for Saturday is for southwesterlywinds up to 25 knots early morning and easing to 15 knots during the day.Sunday is looking better with lighter winds. Thursday saw the new moon. Thismeans bigger tides with the pick of them being Sunday’s early morning run infor fishing the beaches and reefs throughout the bay and the last of the runout in the afternoon for the predatory fish in the rivers and creeks. TheAnglers Almanac peak fishing day’s are Friday,Saturday and Sunday. Last weeks hot northerly winds have warmed the water upnicely, so we should see some summer species show up around the bay from hereon in.

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 41279494
The gutters around the Maheno wreck fishing wellfor tarwhine, bream, whiting and tailor. Pippies are working well for bait.North of the Cathedral’s to Indian Head has been full of weed which makes it impossible to fish, unless you are using poppers for big tailor.

Hervey Bay
Staff member Dave fished River Heads last Sundaychasing mangrove jack on plastics but couldn’t get the lure past the estuarycod. The best cod went 65 centimeters. Dave’s lure of choice on the day was a 7 inch pearl white Berkley Gulp, worked around the drop offs close in to theboat ramps. The Susan River fired up onTuesday’s run out tide with a mixed bag of cod, tailor, grunter, flathead and big pikey bream. Smaller live poddy mullet and herring was the bait on the day. There are big schools of herring in the Mary, Susan Riversystem at present. Mark from Fraser Island Guided fishing put aclient onto a big finger mark bream early this week. These tropical fish belong to the lutjanus family of fishes such as jacks, scarlet sea perch andmoses perch. These tasty sports fish have been reported in the Burrum Riverover the years especially out of the Buxton hole but now the Mary Riversystem! Who needs to go any further north? This weekend should see the beaches fish well forwhiting on the incoming tide. Use live yabbies for best results.

There have been reports of school jew schooling up around the Kingfisher Jetty and are taking live bait and squid, but there are more bust offs than fish landed as the fish are holding up tight into the pylons. The Burrum has seen a few big summer whiting atthe Black Bank and flathead along the foreshore drifting live mullet under afloat. The creeks on Fraser Islandfished well for mangrove jacks and mud crabs last week. Weather permitting; I would try for school mackerelaround the beacons north of the Pier. The pier itself should fire over the weekend for mackerel and tuna if the herring are about. The Burrum 8 mile isalso worth a try for mackerel. Good tides should fair well reef fishing for sweetlip, parrot and blackall, but again check the weather. 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 are reported down the straits around Tuan. There are a few prawn skicking around right up the back waters of the Susan River.

Freshwater Report.
Good reports of barra coming infrom Monduran Dam. B Bay and further up towards the Kolan River.110mm slick rigs and Classic barra lures in blue and yellow have shined overthe others. Don’t forget the Monduran familyfishing comp on this weekend. For more details ph.41573881. Lenthalls damreports of bass early morning on bibless crank baits.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast .
The weather over the past two weeks has been terrible with persistent north winds gusting to 25 knots at times, this makes the fishing difficult but the upside is the rise in water temperature which now sits at 25 degrees. This weekend the forecast looks better starting with 20 knot southwesterly winds easing over the weekend. As a result of the north winds the fishing has been slow but some nice catches have been made. Last weekend I had three pommy lads on a charter and they landed a 62cm finger mark, a very rare catch for Hervey bay. The fish took a Killalure River Rat, the first fish on a lure for the lucky angler!

Offshore the snapper should be thinning out with the warmer water and more pelagic species will arrive, already we have caught some Giant Trevally, Queenfish, Goldens and some mixed schools of Long tail Tuna and Mac Tuna have made an appearance. Big Flathead are still about with some over 90 cm still being caught on plastics and live baits. The local impoundments should fire with warmer water and barramundi and
bass will be active on the surface early morning and dusk. The Mary River system is producing grunter, big whiting and some stud pikey bream on plastics and poppers, the river is still dirty from the flood last month with rotten clumps of hyacinth floating about but they will clear soon. Mud crabs should be active, I dropped a pot in for some Melbourne clients last week and they caught a couple of A grade crabs chockers full of meat, very tasty! 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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