Weekly Report 10 July 08

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Weekly Report 10 July 08

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:55 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
On the island Chopper tailor are still being caught this week North of Eurong up to Indian Head in the late afternoon on pilchards, 50gm Flasha spoons and white snapbacks. Good seven spot dart are also being caught on fresh worms and pippies. With the cooler weather some nice bream and tarwhine are being caught with the occasional flathead also being landed on pippies. At the moment there are some lovely gutters along the beach, this coupled with the SW winds should see the whiting move in at low tide.

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With the SW change this week providing some cooler weather and the recent rain, the snapper and bream should be on the chew. It looks like anglers will be able to venture out over the weekend with SE winds at 10/15 knots predicted for Saturday. Along the beaches some nice whiting have been caught with some nice specimens coming from the shelly beach area. Freshly pumped yabbies have been the bait of choice with sand and bloodworms also working well. Chemically sharpened long shank hooks are ideal for these baits and provide a very natural presentation. Small poppers like the Ecogear px45 and rebel pop-r have also accounted for some good fish. Try fishing these lures around rocky structure, weed beds and yabbies banks with a constant twitching motion to impart the action of a fleeing prawn or yabbies.

Good schools of winter whiting can be found around Gatakers Bay, Dundowran and Toogoom. A variety of baits have been working including yabbies, worms and squid. The use of berley will also help to keep the schools around your boat for longer. Berkley gulp worms in natural, camo and bloody have been working well and can be bought in either packet or tub form. Both the Urangan pier and Kingfisher jetty have been fishing well this week for bream with fish over 30cm not being uncommon. Fresh baits of mullet, herring and hardiheads have been working well when fished next to the pylons as well as 3 inch soft plastics. Berkley powerbaits in pearl watermelon and pumpkinseed have been the go as well as Squidgy critters. Fish these close to structure with either a shaking or twitching action of the rod tip. Squid are being caught from Moon Point down to Ungowa in both deeper water and around the rocky outcrops. Pink and orange squid jigs in the 2.5 to 3 size have been the jigs of choice.

Good sized flathead have been caught over the last few weeks around the creek mouths and drop off on the western side of Fraser. Soft plastics are one of the most productive methods of catching flatties with a wide range working well. Squidgy fish in black and gold, pink Snapbacks and Berkley gulps in pink shine have been working well. Leader and jig head choice as well as rigging is crucial if you want to catch more than one fish. Fluorocarbon leaders are ideal as they are invisible underwater and provide excellent abrasion resistance. Jig heads in 1/8 and ¼ sizes are a good starting point, remember to rig your plastic nice and straight to get the best action out of it. Gatakers has been fishing well for bream off the banks with pilchard, prawns and mullet working well. There have also been some nice squire around and have been caught on sprats and herring. The best hooks have been circle hooks as they hook the fish in the corner of the jaw and eliminates the need to strike fish. Drifting baits is the best method and consists of a small ball sinker directly above the hook and allows the bait to drift down in a more natural fashion.
Snapper have been caught around the Arti, Wathumba and Roonies using a variety of baits and lures. Fish around the Arti have been smaller around the 2-3kg mark with larger specimens coming from further up the island. When the current has slowed down try drifting baits near structure or bait showings, using the least amount of lead possible. As the current picks up most anglers opt to use a paternoster rig with the appropriate lead attached to the bottom and either one or two branches containing a single suicide or circle hook. Berkley gulps have again been working well in the 5 inch size and require little action. Another popular plastic at the moment has been the Squidgy 145mm Flickbaits in lemon chicken and has accounted for some good fish.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Since our last report on Monday, 1st July we have just had the 2 Charters during the week before the weather turned foul for the weekend.The weather has affected many weekends this year, and I would say over 50% of our charters have been as well during the week. Tuesday we fished east of the bar for a good catch of mixed reef fish. Some good pearlies to 3kgs were landed closer to shore in ideal conditions. Offshore the main species landed were parrot which are still in good numbers, moses perch, hussar, and Squire with the odd trag jew. Thursday in choppy conditions we fished the closer reefs, and although early on it was tough going around midday the fish really came on the bite. A good bin of scarlett sea perch came on board followed by another of snappery squire and moses perch. Quite a few onboard had kept the Berley going, but they soon felt better once the fish started to bite. If anyone is intending to fish the Rainbow Beach Classic(19th July) and has not booked yet with us please hurry, as this year we are only fishing 5 days of the Comp.The weekends are booked with groups not entered in the Competition. Well thats it for this week.
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Bass are being caught this week on Bandit wasps and RMG scorpions in gold and green colours. Spinnerbaits have been working well around structure and the lily pads with green and purple TT spinnerbaits working well. If there is insect activity on the surface try using small poppers like River 2 Sea Bubble Pops to imitate the prey.

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

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator.
No Report.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
No Report.
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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