Weekly Report 20 Mar 08

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Weekly Report 20 Mar 08

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:57 am

Well the wind seems to have eased off for today and tomorrow morning so if youâre itching for a fish, now is the time. Anglers have been catching decent sized Bream at the mouth of Beelbi Creek on fresh strips of mullet and unweighted cubes of pillie. Fishing the mouth on an outrunning tide with either soft plastics, or bait, should see a feed of fish caught. The whiting on poppers trend is booming at the moment with several reports of success on river 2 sea bubble pop 45s. These lures make a great splash that imitates a prawn and the whiting can't resist it. They also work best if you scratch off the paint and leave it clear. Fish have been caught around the shelly beach area at low tide as well as south of the boat harbour. Just remember keep that rod tip high and continually move the lure.

During the day at the Urangan pier, gar, whiting and flathead are being landed as well as the odd school mackerel. At night bream have been landed fishing tight against the pylons with small whole herring and mullet gut. If you can make it out to the Arti there have been a few quality snapper and coral bream caught on hardihead and pilchard baits. Fish with small sinkers, and fluorocarbon leaders, to maximize your chances. 4 inch Squidgy and Powerbait flick baits are another option as they imitate a wounded bait fish. Gatakers has been fishing well for grunter, coralies, snapper and blackall amongst the patches of reef. Fresh herring and hardiheads have been the best baits but fish have also been caught on whole prawns drifted down a berley trail.

School mackerel have been found in numbers around moon. They do tend to surface in schools from time to time but mostly are found down further in the water column. Try a troll from the mouth of the breakthrough at Moon, heading towards Coongul Point. Rapala X Raps or CD-9's and 14's work a treat as they need to be trolled a little quicker than a normal lure. Otherwise anchor up on the ledge and fish whole pillies on a ganged 4/0 hook set. From Kingfisher down to McKenzie is there have been good schools of long tail tuna. The tuna are feeding on small baitfish so try using small metal slugs, clear soft plastics or epoxy baitfish pattern flies. These fish put up a great fight and are an excellent sportfish.

Freshwater Report - Lake Lenthalls Report
With the SE winds the water is still fairly cool and after the rain there is still a lot of murky water. A few bass have been landed this week mainly on Cultiva mira vibes and RMG scorpions, most commonly straight off the bank! Zip n Ziggys have also been working early morning and late afternoon cast around the lilly edges.

Lake Monduran Report
The dam has been very quiet this week due to the SE winds. If you can find some warm water in the deeper areas you might be able to troll up a fish. If the water warms up the dam should fire.

Lake Awoonga Report
Its been another quiet week at Awoonga because of the SE winds however some anglers have managed good fish. Most of the barra have been caught around the dirty water casting Captiva Wasagis around the submerged timber and shallow weed beds and trolling Captiva Sumaris around the drop offs. Fish were also landed on the River 2 Sea bully wa 65's cast into the weed pockets and worked back with a twitching action. Bully are a weedless rubber frog and can be worked in rugged country without snagging up.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Angler Fion Hurley from the gold coast had a week long stay at Kingfisher Resort. Fion decided to try some offshore fishing and caught this neat golden trevally as well as plenty of mac tuna near moon point, the wind was blowing, but there is nearly always somewhere to fish.
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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