Weekly Report 4 Apr 08

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Weekly Report 4 Apr 08

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:54 am

Over the last week the winds have backed off allowing anglers to fish both in close and the outer reefs. Along the beaches there have been some good summer whiting and flathead being caught with the rock groins being a popular spot. Fishing the early morning tides with live yabbies and worms has been the best method. Whiting are still being caught on poppers with the new Stiffy poppers working well. Winter whiting are starting to show up in small schools at the bottom of Big Woody. The best baits have been strips of squid, worms and yabbies. Another alternative is using the gulp sandworms which are a bio-degradable lure that comes pre-scented. They âre very simple to use, just cut a piece off, thread it on the hook, and seal the packet and away you go.

The Urangan pier has been fishing well over the past week with fish being caught in both the first and second gutter. At low tide summer whiting have been caught on yabbies and prawns with the odd flathead and bream being landed. At the end of the pier, mack tuna and school mackerel have been caught on live herring suspended under balloons. Spinning metal lures like gladiator mack specials has also been working a treat. Snapper up to 5 kilos are being caught on the arty, mainly on pilchard and hardyhead baits with the occasional fish being caught on 110mm Squidgy flickbaits. Using small sinkers and light fluorocarbon leaders will help improve your catch as your bait will look more natural as it drifts down. Coral bream are also being caught on prawns.

Gatakers is still producing catches of mixed reef fish with some nice coral trout and trumpeter reported. Trout have been taken on live pike, 100mm Squidgy fish and hard bodied lures. Some of the bigger trout have been trolled up on gold Captiva Sumariâs. These fish pull hard and will try and head straight back into the coral so fluorocarbon leaders and a tight drag are the go. Around the Platypus Bay and Roonies area good snapper are being taken on squid and pillies. Fish have been caught on both paternoster rigs and drifted baits. Gulp flickbaits in the 5 and 6 inch sizes have also been producing fish. Mixed schools of pelagics can be found throughout the bay with some big mack tuna and long tails present. Quarterback and lazer slugs have been working well when cranked through the schools at high speed. Snapbacks are also worth trying as they can be fished throughout the entire water column and will catch a variety of fish, both reef and pelagic species. As reported last week, Wayne from Tackleworld Hervey Bay did cross the top bar onto the shoals, and he didn't come home empty handed. The weather was perfect and the red emperor were on the chew. A great mixed bag of big reefies were the order of the day, now it will take him the rest of the year to pay off the fuel bill!

Freshwater Report - Lake Lenthalls Report
Fishing has been very slow at Lenthalls with only a few bass being caught. This is probably due to the amount of sediment in the water, once the dam settles we should start to see some more fish. In these hard conditions Squidgy Pro Range soft plastics would be worth a try because of the fish attracting S factor which is included in each packet. Both the fish and lobby have great actions when combined with S factor they should produce a few fish. If you’re coming along tonight to the Shimano information evening, ask the boys about some techniques when fishing for bass on plastics and they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Lake Monduran Report
There have been a few reports of fish being caught in both the shallow bays and in the timber. Fish in the mid 80s have been the majority of fish caught with lures from the classic range being the favourites. Trolling deep diving lures around the drop offs has also been working.

Lake Awoonga Report
The water at Awoonga is still settling so fishing has again been a bit slow. Once the weed beds settle the bait fish won't be far away so casting soft plastic frogs like river 2 sea bully frogs and slick rigs would be worth a go. Pro range slick rigs cast around the weed beds with a fast retrieve will be one of the most popular methods. The pro range slick rigs have been working well because of the lighter weight inside and the new colours. Spinning outfits are ideal for this application as you can obtain great distances in your casts and they are easier to fish in windy conditions. Trolling RMG scorpions and vipers around drop offs and congregations of bait is another option until the weed beds settle.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Hi everyone, the weather was glorious over the last week but the forecast for this weekend is for 25-30 knot southerlies, not the best for fishing so look for a quiet creek or estuary to get out of the winds. Last weekend was great with 10 knots most of the time and some nice fish were caught around the place. Pelagic action in the bay was slow, possibly due to the cooler change/sudden water temp drop combined with the last quarter tides and only a meter of run. This is always a slack period for inshore fishing but I have seen some great captures over this moon period in the deeper water.

I spent Sunday fishing off Double Island Point and we caught some nice pearl perch, snapper, sweetlip, moses perch and tuskfish, but sharks were a nuisance making landing fish on some locations almost impossible. Longtail tuna were about but spooky and the mac tuna schools were only coming up for short periods also, this weekend on the new moon tides should see a spike in pelagic activity. Some big cobia were caught near Wathumba but beware of cigutera poisioning from these critters especially any over 15 kg, I have a friend who caught a bad dose from an 18kg cobia caught at Rooneys Point last year. Yellowtail kings, giant trevally, spanish macs and barracuda are among the known carriers of this toxin, as are any predatory fish in the northern bay.

Further inshore whiting are on the move with some good summer and winteries taken and already roed up so a good season looks promising. Flathead have been scarce as usual this month but by mid winter will be starting to congregate around river and creek mouths for there annual spawning. Bream will be the next big mover with congregations in the lower Mary, Burrum and any of the rocky points soon to start, target these with the usual soft plastics (drop into Tackleworld Hervey Bay and talk to the boys as to the hot colours) and light braid lines. Some anglers who have good success on these fish drop leader size to 1kg to get the bites ....... if it works! The freshwater scene will slow due to dropping water temps over the next month and snapper will start to domonate the bays catches of reefies, soft plastics work a treat for these fellas, just think oversize bream and you will be on target. Hopefully the forecasters are wrong and it won't blow but dont hold your breath.
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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