Weekly Report 3 Jan 08

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Weekly Report 3 Jan 08

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:16 pm

Hervey Bay
The weather again has put a damper on the fishing on the whole of the east coast, not only Hervey Bay. Some boaties have braved wind and seas to fish estuary creeks and river systems in sheltered areas. The Burrum produced a run of prawns with some boats getting their bag limits up the river. The River Heads area has produced a few muddies as well as the odd threadfin salmon. These fish have been caught on B52s in the gold colour, as well as on the fly. One angler caught two over a metre long on the fly rod, which was captured on a video and apparently makes amazing viewing. With the high winds and rough seas the land based angler has not had many options, but the ones who have ventured out in the conditions especially around Pt Vernon have reported of fish on the feed, and of big fish lost on light tackle. The odd boat that has also ventured off Gatakers and fished the sheltered shallow reefs have caught a feed, which under the conditions is a great effort.

Freshwater Report. Lake Lenthalls Report
The odd angler that has ventured out has reported that the bass are still on the feed, and that a few have been caught on small Tango Dancers worked behind the weeds. Fish have also been caught on jackals twitched and retrieved slowly near weed patches.

LakeMonduran Report
The latest news from the kiosk at the dam, is that the winds that have been battering the coast,has not really affected the dam and that you can venture up into sheltered bays to fish. The temperatures are a bit down with the cooler weather, but there is still the odd fish being caught, but you have to work for them. The silver F18s and green 3m RMG scorpions have worked well.

Lake Awoonga Report
The weather up at the dam has been fairly good compared to the wide bay area, and fish are being caught inthe bays on squidgy slick rigs in the drop bear, stunned mullet and neon colours. These are being flicked behind the weed beds andslow retrieved for the best results. Trolling has also produced fish as always with your lure of choice trolled along drop offs in the main bay and channels or around the weed patches.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast .
Hi everyone, due to the weather the fishing has been almost non existent this last week but the next few weeks should be crackers. The rainfall for the last week has been around 150mm so some reasonable run off will occur locally, this will push out prawns, herring, crabs etc into the main channels and gutters and start a feeding cycle amongst the larger predators. Good grunter, salmon, school jew and flathead are being caught around the straits and estuary mouths and mud crabs are on the
move. Last week I fished with well known fly fishing identity Peter Morse and we landed some great threadfin salmon to over 115cm on saltwater fly tackle, lost some bigger and had a ball. One monster fish was hooked after we sight cast to him and he charged the boat, throwing the hook next to the boat, exciting stuff! (This will feature in a not too distant offshore productions fishing DVD) so keep an eye out. The new moon is next Monday and with the fresh in the system barramundi should spawn in the rivers and straits, hopefully good for the future stocks. Remember it is still closed season until February 1. Some big summer whiting are being taken along the beach between Point Vernon and Burrum Heads and also from Urangan jetty, I heard of a 60cm finger mark caught there also on a live herring just before the blow last week. Offshore fishing will be out due to the swell, over 5 meters, so stay in protected waters, the forecasts for this weekend are around 10-15 knots but rainy, good luck.
Mark. 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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