Weekly Report 19 Jun 08

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Weekly Report 19 Jun 08

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:24 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
This week there have been reports of good whiting and bream being caught on worms and pippies. The whiting are being caught at the bottom of the tide around the gutters. The occasional tailor is still being caught around the big tides in the late afternoon on whole ganged pillies as well as a few dart on pippies.

Hervey Bay
Over the last week some excellent catches have been reported from both land based and boating anglers with some quality snapper, bream and winter whiting being caught. Around the two rock groins some nice bream, whiting and flathead have been caught on a variety of baits and lures. The bream and whiting have mainly been taken on live yabbies and worms with strips of herring also working for the bream. If you prefer throwing lures try 3 inch powerbaits in pumpkinseed and pearl watermelon for the bream and top water lures like the PX45 and Rebel Pop-r for the whiting. Flatties are being caught on live herring as well as small pilchards fished on a set of gangs. Soft plastics are another option with 3-6 inch flickbaits and 80mm fish from the Squidgy range working well.

The Urangan Pier is again fishing exceptionally well for bream on both bait and lures. Strips of mullet and herring seem to be the most common bait however chicken gut has also been producing the goods. Use a heavy sinker to secure your bait next to the pylons as the bream will be sitting in amongst the structure. Jigging small flickbaits along the pylons has also been another productive method during the day. Towards the end of the pier school mackerel, golden trevally and mac tuna are being taken on live herring with the odd fish caught on a 45gm Mack special spoon. Bream, bream and more bream…Plenty of good sized bream are being caught at Kingfisher Jetty, Gatakers Bay and the ledges around River Heads. These fish are schooling up in big number with fish up to 48cm being caught. At Kingfisher whole hardiheads have been the bait of choice and can be caught using a cast net on the island. Around Gatakers and River Heads pillies and strips of mullet have been working best when fished down a light berley trail. Soft plastics and hard bodied lures have also been working with 2 inch Gulp shrimp, 3 inch Powerbaits and Cultiva mira shads being the favourites.

Toogoom has been the place to go for a feed of winter whiting this week. Drift around to find a decent school of fish and then create a berley trail to keep the fish there. The best baits have been small strips of squid, worms, live yabbies and Berkley Gulp worms. The arti this week has been fishing well for snapper around the 2-3kg mark as well as some nice coral bream. Fresh hardiheads, pillies, squid and prawn heads have all been working well when drifted down a berley trail using a small ball sinker and chemically sharpened Owner circle hooks. The lures that have been working this week include 4 inch flickbaits from the Squidgy and Powerbait range as well as 5 inch Berkley gulps. Most of the time you can get away with using jig heads in the 1/8-1/4 sizes.

The fairway Buoy has also been producing good catches of golden trevally and mackerel on live herring and cubes of pillie. White snapbacks and 45gm Mack special spoons are also worth a try and at the right times will account for some good fish. Around the Wathumba and Roonies area there are plenty of Snapper in the 4-5kg margin being caught. During the day most anglers are opting to use Berkley gulps in the 5 & 7 inch sizes with the favoured colours being: nuclear chicken, curried chicken, glow, lime tiger and mango ripple. Fish the 5 inch plastics on a ½ jig head with a 3/0 hook and the 7 inch plastics on a 1/2 jig head with a 7/0 hook or 5/8 with a 5/0.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
In ideal conditions, and on crossing the Bar we decided to head east again to try and locate some snapper that had showed up the week before. Our first drop yielded some nice fish with the biggest snapper around 4 kilos. Although most fish were being caught on floaters, the more inexperienced anglers were having a ball as they landed some nice snappery squire on the dropper rigs. The bite slowed with the arrival of a shark, and they are never far behind the snapper. The next drop produced a nice catch of moses perch, hussar, parrot & gold spot wrasse.

We only moved once more to find more of the same with some more nice squire before the sharks moved in again. At this spot one of the 1st timers from Toowoomba nearly went over the side as a monster trevally took her bait, before all was rectified, and the fish landed. It wasnt long before she repeated the effort much to the annoyance of some of the other fishos. We had another drop on the way home, but closer to shore the water was very dirty, and only a few fish were landed In all it was a good catch and as Judy left the boat she remarked that it was the best day she had ever had. Next time Judy, a bigger esky! With the advent of some good westerlies the beach fishing should improve but check the conditions first as the rocks have been exposed. Well thats all to report until we get back offshore later in the week when the winds drop off.

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 dam has fished well this past week, with slick rigs bringing many fish undone on the dam fringe. Every day has been different, with some tough days amongst the week. Wind has helped muddy the water which in turn has given Barra confidence to feed in shallow water and on the edges. Medium to fast retrieves have been the action of choice for slick rigs, and on the slower days the stiffy Boney bream has been taking fish when other lures have gone untouched. Other lures that have been working well include B-52’s, bombers in long and short A, as well as kingdom mars shallow runners. If your tactics are not working, keep adjusting your techniques and change lures to find out what the fish are after on the day. If you turn up to Awoonga and its blowing hard, fish to the conditions and remain positive. The fish will be there to be caught but don’t expect it to come easy. If you want to fast track your knowledge on impoundment Barra and impoundment dynamics give me a call on 0420 846345 or check out my website at www.barramadness.com and discuss a charter on Awoonga or Monduran.
Until next week, good fishing to you all.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Hi all, another weekend of winds forecast with 20-25 knot winds from the SSE so offshore fishing will be limited. With the full moon tides on thursday the tides will be large with late morning highs around 3 meteres. These are good tides for whiting as bait can be gathered early and fish the run in. The foreshore along shelly beach has been producing some good fish but there are plenty of undersized ones as well, remember the legal size is 23cm. The river and creek mouths are full of bream and a few tailor have been caught in the northern end of the sandy straits, especially along the inside of fraser.

The water is just starting to clear and snapper have been taken on the artificial reef on unweighted pilchards and plastics. The southern end of the straits has a few winter whiting and some nice school mackeral are being caught south of poona point. The upper reaches of the creeks and estuaries are still fresh and mud crabs have all but dissapeared and a few nice sand crabs are in the deeper waters. Flathead lies are about near most rocky points at low tide and it should be a great season after the rains with hundreds of small whiting, hardiheads and herring throughout the straits, the rule is find the bait and you will find the predators. Some big grunter have been taken on the ledges on the western side of fraser and take most fresh baits and will also take a well presented lure fished at the right depth and speed. they are a great eating fish but have a slow growth rate and a 4 kilo fish is estimated to be 15 years old. Good luck and tight lines.
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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