Weekly report 13 Dec 07

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Weekly report 13 Dec 07

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:10 pm

It’s shaping up to be a top weekend for fisho’s and boaties to wet a line this weekend. Light southeast wind should allow you to fish out wide and around the bay in comfort. The tides are slowing up a little so the deeper holes will be worth a shot. Check all your safety gear and make sure it is up to date as the authorities will be out in force over the holidays. Check with the Tackleworld boys for all the rules and regulations.

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
The fishing over at Fraser has been very slow over the last week. There is still a fair amount of weed from Hook Point to Eurong. There have been no reports of whiting or dart however there are still a few tailor being caught around Indian Head on both whole ganged pilchards, and 50gm Flasha Spoons.

Hervey Bay
Some nice reports of school mackerel coming into the shop this week. The 6 mile reef, off Arch Cliff, has a healthy school of mackerel feeding on herring, and they are also taking chrome spoons. The Nu2 beacon has fished well for mackerel early morning and so has the bait grounds west of woody. Trevally have been reported feeding in with the mackerel and are usually caught using the same setup. Spotty mackerel have been reports out off the Triangles and Wathumba. Look for the sea birds around these areas to locate the schools. Big long tail tuna have been spotted up the Island but are still shying away from lures. The reef fishing did taper off a little this week which surprised most, as the tides around the new moon usually fish well for reef fish. Try fishing the shallows at Gatakers early morning or at night for blackall using live yabbies, prawns or big squid baits. Round Island is another good spot for blackall at night.

A few quality sweetlip reported around the bottom of Woody, the Channel Hole and Moon Ledge. Fresh hardiheads are number one bait. Coral trout and cod have been caught on livies at the Arty and Nimbi Ledge. The Southern Gutters and Rooney’s would be worth a go this weekend. Take out some livies for best results on coral trout. The Mary and Susan rivers have been a little hit and miss lately, but still the odd big threadfin salmon and grunter have been reported to us throughout this week. Live prawns have been the best bait. The prawns are starting to kick around a little and so are the muddies. Wayne from Tackleworld Hervey bay potted 8 nice buck crabs in the Mary Last weekend.

The pier rats reported being busted up by giant trevally once again. Golden trevally are taking live herring fished on the bottom. A few school mackerel are taking live baits early morning and shovel nose sharks at night. Nice sized whiting have been coming in from the first channel off the pier as well as Shelly Beach.

Freshwater Report. Lake Lenthalls Report
One angler reported back to us of a good afternoon session on bass that were close to the 50cm mark. He was fishing Owner Mira Vibe lures, which are a bibless lure similar to the Jackal. The Fraser coast fish stocking association will be stocking 12 thousand barra fingerlings throughout the dam this weekend. These guys are all mad keen fisherman and donate there spare time to ensure that Lenthalls remains a first class freshwater fishery.

Lake Monduran Report
The barra have come out to play over the last week with reports of good fish reported back to the caravan park every day. The barra are holding up on the shallow points and bays early morning and late afternoon. Most of the barra have been hooked casting shallow running lures up towards the bank and slowly retrieved back to the boat. The trusty B52 in gold or silver is a reliable shallow running barra lure or try using the Classic Barra F18 in the bleeding mullet colour which will dive a little deeper.

Lake Awoonga Report
The reports this week are that the temperatures have risen a bit and that anglers persevering with soft plastics and who are really working likely areas that hold fish are the ones catching them. There are also anglers trolling hard body lures near weed beds who are getting the odd fish. The lake has still to fire this season but with summer well on its way and the hot weather over the last few days, it is only a matter of time.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Hi all, with great weather and good tides the bay has been fishing well, especially the top of Fraser. Bait balls full of cobia, yellowtail kings, school and spotty mackerel, as well as golden and giant trevally have been common and few clients are going home without landing trophy fish. Sharks are also into the bait but are leaving hooked fish alone, they are obviously transfixed onto the bait, taking large mouthfuls from the surface right next to the boat. This time of the year will see the rivers fish well also and grunter, jacks and flathead easy lure targets but remember the annual barramundi closure is on, anglers (recreational and commercial) must not fish for barra in tidal waters as this is there breeding season and fisheries will enforce this law and can prosecute for even fishing for them. Be warned!

Mud crabs and banana prawn have active and some nice catches have been made on the bigger tides. This weekend will also see the release of 12 thousand barra fingerlings into Lenthals dam and by next Christmas they will average about 55-60cm in length and top out at about 4kg in weight. Lenthals dam is now open to four stroke outboards to 60hp and e-tec injected motors to 60hp as well, the maximum speed limit will be enforced at 6 knots. Till next week, 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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