Weekly Report 4 Nov 07

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Weekly Report 4 Nov 07

Post by Brad » Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:30 pm

Hervey Bay
This week has seen a mixed bag of fish reported inthe Mary river and Susan river. Staff member Dave fished River Heads Boat ramp for two nice school jew and lost a bigger fish around the full moon very early morning. He was using white soft plastics on that occasion. Thread fin salmon reported around Beaver Rock in the Mary as well as cod and grunter on live baits. Flathead and bream in good numbers reported at South Head and thebarge ramp on mullet strips and plastics. One customer told us he and a mate caught 4 kg’s of prawn in the Susan River and spotted some big threadfin salmon feeding on prawns and bait fish at the mouth of the drains. The Burrum river has been fishing well with some nice bream around, as well as some flathead on the banks around the estuary mouth. There has also been some mackerel around the channel markers and the 8mile. An angler who passed through the shop reported hundreds of mack tuna mixed with the odd long tail around the fairway buoy.

Just a handful of reports coming in from theweekend of solid golden trevally and mackerel at the Outer Banks, Maringa Bommie and the bait grounds north west of Big Woody. Tea leaf trevally by thehundreds at the Fairway Buoy has made it hard to get bait to the bottom.These fish pull hard and are great fun on lighter gear. Some big cod capturesrecently throughout the bay, two of which were well over the legal limit of 120cms and were returned unharmed back to the ocean. Reef fishing on Thursday was good with steadynumbers of blackall, sweetlip and coral
trout coming in from Sammy’s , Moon Ledge and the Channel hole. The Barra closure began Thursday. Accidental captures of barra need to be released backto the water unharmed during the 3 month barra closure.

Freshwater Report.
Lake Lenthalls Report
With the warmer weather the basshave been biting their heads off with some reports of a fish every cast.Surface lures like Gobo poppers and Zip N Ziggy’s have been doing the damage during the early morning and late afternoon. Gates open at 6.00am. As the water warms up try switching to small suspending lureslike the Cultiva Mira Shad and Team Daiwa Pro Vibe lipless crankbaits. Work your lures around the lilypads and any submerged structure and keep an eye on the sounder for any showsof bait, temperature changes or thermoclines. Amongst the bass the odd barrahas been caught. Soft plastics rigged on weedless hooks have been workingwell because they allow you to cast your lure right up into the lillies. Mix up your retrieves a bit to find out what thefish want on the day.

Lake Awoonga Report
Lake Awoongaheld its annual comp last week with 200 odd anglers competing. Some 80 fish were landed throughout the weekend with some good specimens coming out of the dam. The hot lures at the moment arethe Squidgy Slick Rigs in stunned mullet and lorikeet colours as well as the Classic Barra series. During the day try fishing the weed beds with slick rigs andshallow diving hard bodies. In the afternoon and evening change methods andtroll the main basin.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran has been fishing well lately with some good barra being landed. One angler reports when fishing with a mate they had 32 hits and out of that landed 16 barra with four over the magic metre mark. Gold and silver B52’s as well as RMG Scorpions have been the stand out lures. Trolling has been a productive method lately, whilst trolling, look for congregations of bait and temperature changes.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast .
Hi all, another week gone and finally some nice weather with warm days and light winds, just a pity it's through the week though. Big summer whiting are still about and still roed up, a good sign of a great spawning year, same with flathead and bream. This usually happens after a good fresh down the Mary River (take note Traveston Dam) Tuna are throughout the bay and are still hard to hook due to the small bait size they are feeding on. Reef fish are biting with some nice sweetlip and trout in the bay, soft plastics will take these two species but avoid the light
gear around structure as losses will be high, especially from the trout and cod. Golden trevally and queenfish are about, we sighted several good fish while on a charter with some Brisbane clients last week and numbers will increase as summer rolls on. Mangrove jacks will be active but be patient while fishing for these fellas, they are a great fish to catch on lures and I practice release only for these species as they can be wiped out from a system pretty quickly and take years to return. Hopefully some nice weekends will be about and happy fishing.
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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