Weekly Report 13 Jun 08

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Weekly Report 13 Jun 08

Post by Brad » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:11 am

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
This week there have been some good bream and flathead being caught with the bream being taken on worms and pippies and the flatties on pillies. Anglers are catching the occasional tailor on whole ganged pillies and 50gm metal spoons. Dart are also being caught around the gutters on pippies and worms.

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With the cooler weather starting to ease in we've had some nice catches reported over the last week with bream, winter whiting and snapper all being caught in big numbers. The recent rain we received has also seen the fishing fire as it flushes out the river systems. Along the beaches bream and summer whiting have been caught using a variety of baits with yabbies, worms and prawns being the main baits of choice. Some elbow slapper whiting have also been caught using small poppers with the Ecogear PX45Fs working best. Try fishing ankle deep water around any yabby beds or rocks as this is where the whiting will usually congregate. A fairly fast retrieve is required with a constant twitching of the rod to impart the action of a panic stricken prawn. Good flathead are also being caught around the two rock groins using whole hardiheads and small pillies.

The Urangan pier is fishing well for bream and whiting in the first channel this week with live yabbies working best. A few flathead are being caught as well with live herring working best. Towards the end of the pier the usual pelagics are being caught with golden trevally, school mackerel and mac tuna being caught. Live bait seems to be the best option when fishing for the pelagics at the pier however a 3-4inch clear soft plastic fished with a medium twitching retrieve also works well. Again metal spoons are catching fish when retrieved at high speed with the mack specials and Flashs working best. At night big bream are being caught next to the pylons on mullet gut and herring. Use a large sinker to keep your bait close to the pylons as this is where the fish are. Chemically sharpened suicide and baitholder hooks in sizes 2-1/0 seem to do the trick.

A few bream are still being caught around river heads with bait and lures working. Try fishing the incoming tide with strips of pillie and mullet on a small baitholder hook and pea sinker. If you want to give the lures a go Cultiva mira shads, 3 inch Squidgy and powerbaits and Ecogear PX45s are all working well. For extra abrasion resistance around the rocky outcrops try using fluorocarbon leader around the 10-14lb mark as it has a harder coating to mono and also absorbs light so it becomes invisible underwater.

Winter whiting can be found this week at the bottom of big woody and around Dundowran beach. Some days have been patchy with only a few fish caught whilst others have been productive. Berkley gulp worms have been one of the gun baits with bloodworm and camo working well. If you prefer using bait try live yabbies, sandworms or small strips of squid. The Arti has been productive this week for good snapper up to 4kg as well as some big grass sweetlip. Whole hardiheads, pillies and strips of squid have been working well and can be fished on the drift or at anchor down a berley trail. Soft plastics have again been producing quality fish with 4 inch powerbaits, Squidgy pro range flickbaits and 5 inch Berkley Gulps have all been working well fished on the lightest jig head possible. Carry a range of jig heads ranging from 1/8 up to ½ as this allows you to change weights as the current picks up or lessens. A few school mackerel have been caught using live herring and hardiheads under a float, with metal spoons and snapbacks also working. Cod and the odd trout are also being caught using live pike as bait.

From Arch cliffs north there have been plenty of quality snapper on offer with most anglers coming home with their full bag limit of 5. Fish up to 7kg are being landed with the reefs around the Wathumba and Roonies area being popular spots. During the day Berkley Gulps in the 5-7inch jerk shads have been working well, the best colours being glow, nuclear chicken, mango ripple and lime tiger. Most anglers are opting to use ½ jig heads as the water is deeper and you can get a bit of current. A 4-6kg graphite rod matched with a quality 3000-4000 size spinning reel spooled with 15-20lb braid is ideal for this style of fishing as it is light yet powerful and gives great feel for detecting hits. At night fresh yakkas and herring have been working well when fished on owner and Gamakatsu circle hooks. Across the bar catches of red emperor, red throat sweetlip, snapper and pearl perch have been reported with bait and lures both catching fish. Pilchards, yakkas, live pike and herring have been working well as bait and can be fished on chemically sharpened suicide hooks or circle hooks. A paternoster rig with a fair lump of lead is also required to get to the bottom. The use of glow beads above your hook can also help increase your bite rate.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
No Report.

Freshwater Report - Lake Lenthalls Report
The dam is currently at 100% so it may take a few weeks for the water to settle. Water temperatures are also dropping so this could see the fish shut down. Try trolling deep divers around structure and casting weedless soft plastics around the lilies and submerged grass.

Lake Monduran Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator
No Report Available

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator.
Awoonga has been fishing really well this week with plenty of metre plus barra being landed. At the moment the weather is stable and warmer than it should be at this time of year which is seeing the dam fire. Fish are being caught at all corners of the dam with all hours of the day fishable. Try fishing the weed beds with Squidgy slick rigs in both the normal and pro range colours. Hard bodies lures cast around structure and the edge of the weed beds has also produced fish with the gun lures being b52s, f18s and stiffy boney breams.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Hi everyone, the forecast for this weekend is for freshening south winds reaching 25 knots by sunday so offshore fishing will be limited. Inshore the waters are dirty from the rain last weekend and areas like river heads are running pure fresh towards low tide so fishing will be tough. This rain will set us up for a terrific winter season and everything from snapper, whiting and flathead will bite well as the dirty water clears.

Any mud crabs still in the systems will be flushed out and some nice muddies were taken last weekend as the fresh came out. A few mac tuna schools are about towards wathumba and some nice snapper have taken plastics around the rooneys area. Last week I managed to get out for a fish myself and caught some big snapper, sweetlip to 4kg and some pearl perch on 7 inch berkley gulps just off the wide bay bar. We also hooked a few monsters that were just too big, possibly big cobia. Big whiting are becoming active and are taking small poppers in ankle deep water, a fast retrieve is the key to getting bites. Lenthalls dam is now at 100% and has had a good overflow so hopefully the recent stocking of barramundi fingerlings have not escaped over the wall, fingers crossed and this spring should see good numbers of baby barra caught from this impoundment. Water temps are about 20 degrees and dropping. 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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