Weekly Report 24 Jul 08

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Weekly Report 24 Jul 08

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:55 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
With the miserable weather and large swell not a lot of fishing has been done on the island this week. If the weather clears there are still chopper tailor about being caught on pillies and Flashas. At low tide there has been some good summer whiting caught as well as good dart and tarwhine on pippies.

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The recent rain that we have received should see the creeks and rivers getting a bit of a flush and the water dirty up. The rain should also bring the bream and snapper on the chew as the rain pushes baitfish out of the creeks into saltier water. Try targeting bream around the rocky outcrops of River Heads and Gatakers Bay during late afternoon. Fresh bait is the go with whole hardiheads, strips of herring or mullet and cubed pillies working well. A general running sinker rig is ideal around the rocks when fished with a small pea sinker as it will minimize the chance of snagging up. If possible fish unweighted as this further enhances the look of the bait. Whilst fishing for bream this time of year there is also a fair share of bi-catch with some nice tailor being caught at the Heads and a few grunter at Gatakers.

Over the next few weeks we should also start to see some jewfish moving in especially after this rain. Expect to find fish south of Urangan and around deep holes or the lower reaches of the Susan and Mary. Casting lures or live baits around eddies, rock ledges and colour changes is a good method. Live mullet, pike and squid all work well with a range of soft plastics and hardbodies producing fish. Around the mouth of the Burrum, chopper tailor are slowly starting to show up. Trolling small minnows like trollcraft pelagics and classic minis works well as well as casting small metal spoons. If you prefer to soak a bait, unweighted hardiheads are ideal for the choppers. Flathead will continue to get caught on the flats and creek mouths using live baits, soft plastics and hardbodies. Throwing soft plastics around the drops is probably the most effective method and covers a lot of water as apposed to leaving live bait in the one spot. Squidgy fish in the 80-100mm sizes have been working well when fished with 10-20lb fluorocarbon leaders and TT jig heads.

Some nice summer whiting can be found throughout the straits on the incoming tide with a few good catches being reported. Live yabbies and bloodworms are the best baits and can be fished on a standard whiting rig consisting of a small ball sinker above a swivel attached to a small length of leader and a chemically sharpened long shank hook. The addition of a small piece of red tube and a bead will also improve your catch rate as it acts as an attractant. Small poppers have again been producing the goods with the favourites being Ecogear px45’s, Bubblepop 35s and Rebel Pop-rs. We will also have a few new whiting poppers in soon so keep an eye out for them. Winter whiting are still being caught around Gatakers Bay however schools have been getting spooked quite easily and are moving around constantly. The best way to combat this is drift around until you find a good patch then try anchoring and using berley to get the school to stay around your boat. Best baits have been yabbies and squid with plenty of fish being caught on Berkley gulp worms in all colours. The snapper scenes been a bit quiet over the past week with anglers working hard to catch a feed, however the rain should aid in bringing them back on the chew. Try fishing fresh baits of yakka, hardiheads, herring and whole squid on a running sinker rig with the least amount of lead possible. Soft plastics are another good alternative when the fish are shutdown with a range of colours working in the Squidgies and Gulps.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Well, what a difference a week makes, as this time last week we were having the best run of weather for months, now 30-40 knot gales. The only plus is that it is great for those further west on the land. Since the Rainbow Comp started we have had no pressure on us all except 4 people last Monday were not entered in the Comp. We managed 5 days over last week with some good hauls, and it has been a real bonus to at last find some schools of good snappery squire. We have mainly fished the wireweed East of the bar, for catches of pearl & moses perch, squire and a few snapper to 5kgs, good parrot, gold spot wrasse & hussar. The odd red & spangled emperor & amberjack has also been landed. The odd big red has been lost and for those using braid make sure you are using 80lb with 10-15 ft leader or leave it at home. A bonus offshore lately has been the regular appearance of longtail tuna, for great sport and they are also good eating. There are also good schools of cobia about the bait shows and they can't resist a livey. Well it looks like Sunday before we get offshore again, or when the swell abates. Mid next week looks like a return to normal weather for this time of year.
Until next week, Good Luck.
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Things are still quiet out at the dam with only a few fish reported this week. Those that did manage to catch a few bass said that Squidgy Spinner baits in avocado, gold and silver fox have been working well as well as bibles Kokoda G-vibes.

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

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

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