Weekly Report 1 Feb 08

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Weekly Report 1 Feb 08

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:44 am

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of SailfishApartments, HappyValley: Ph (07) 41279494
The island has again been hit by some roughweather and some areas have been inaccessible. Care should be taken if youare planning a trip there and tides must be watched. There have been plentyof dart caught in the shallows, as well as bream and tarwhine near the rocky outcrops along the beaches. Whiting have been caught along the orchid beach strip. Offshore conditions have been unfavorable. On the western side, flathead have been caught in the creeks and estuaries.

Hervey Bay
The weather has deteriorated over the last fewdays but if you can put in the time and effort there are fish to be caught.Up towards the top of the island there are lots of schools of mack tuna withthe long tail tuna mixed in with them. The tell tale signs are the birdsworking the surface with them. These can be caught using small metal Spanyidsor soft plastics cast amongst the schools. Try to drift into the schools asthey will spook and shy away if you chase into them. The mackerel are still around but they tend tomove daily so you might have to do some searching before you find them. Onthe reefs there are still snapper about as well as trevally. On the Westernside of the island there are flathead being caught
at most of the creekmouths and along the sand flats. One angler reported several in a morning session near Kingfisher resort. There are also plenty of muddies about in thecreeks as well as the odd mangrove jack. Nearer to home all the artificial reefs have fished well for reefies and the close beacons all seem to be holding avariety of fish at the moment. There have also been some cod, blackall and trumpeter about. If you are not having any luck during the day, try a nightfish. Many anglers have been having a great time with light tackle, and fly gear catching different varieties of trevally including goldens up to about 9kgs, and school, broad and spanish mackerel all on soft plastics and flies. Some great fish have been recorded on 2-4kg tackle and light fly gear. Anglers are advised to have good seamanship manners as when there are a number of boats trying to get into a prime position things can get hectic. The Burrum has been fishing well for flathead,whiting and bream as well as the Toogoom beaches. The annual Toogoom competition was held last weekend and was a great success with 150 fish caught and released without loss. What a great effort and result. Congratulations to all concerned, organizers and prize winners. The river heads system has gone a bit quiet except for the muddies that are still around and the odd cod. The pier at Urangan is still producing some tuna and mackerel on live herring up at the end as well as some flathead in the gutters, there are some garfish about as well.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
With the humid weather we’vebeen having there seems to be quite a few bugs on the surface out at Lenthalls so surface lures would be worth a shot. Squidgy bugs, jigglycicadas and small poppers like the rebel pop-r or bubble pop should produce the goods. Anglers have been picking up bass on kokoda g-vibes and jackallsonce again as well as the new captiva hardbodies in the smallest size in thepurple and jelly prawn colour. Since the rain there is a fair bit of new ground to fish. Try casting your lures behind the old lilly line onto thegrassy banks and slowly work your lures back with plenty of pauses. Trolling the edge of the lilies and drop offs has also been producing bass. Another 12000 barra and 15000 bass were released into the dam so next year we should start catching the ratsize barra. Full credit goes to theFraser Coast Fish stocking association for again producing the goods to get Lenthalls stocked up for future fishing. In our opinion it’s one of the greatest bass fisheries in the whole of Queensland.

Lake Monduran Report
The dam has been firing with agroup of anglers recording 18 barra caught, 20+ lost, 4 over a metre, all this over the Australia day weekend. Temps were recorded on average around the 28-31 degree mark. The most bites were around dawn and dusk and the most productive areas of the dam were I, A, and H. One of the grouplost his rod and after a barra jerked it out of his hand and when he plunged in after it he lost his sunnies. Still could not find his rod after all that.Again a lot of the people
staying at the dam have now left so things should be a bit quieter and you should be able to find some areas to fish by yourself. Certainly worth a trip to this dam as it has really fished well this season.

Lake Awoonga Report
The lake is fishing well at the moment with one group of anglers recording 19 barra landed in a week. The most successful lures being predatek vipers. Many of the holiday crowd has now gone so thereis not as much traffic on the dam, with most catches recorded at dawn and dusk. There are now new managers at the van park – Ryan Winning and Kiley Grillet whom we all welcome.

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