Weekly Report 21 Aug 08

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Weekly Report 21 Aug 08

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:04 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Good reports from the island this week with some nice whiting at low tide being caught on worms and pippies. On the other side of Yidney Rocks some bigger flathead are being taken on whole small pillies and half pillies. Up around Cathedral there's been a few chopper tailor caught using whole pillies, 50gm metal spoons and white snapbacks on ½ ounce jig heads.

Anglers be aware: Fraser Island closures now underway
Anglers thinking of throwing in a line on Fraser Island are reminded that closures are in place from midday August 1 to midday September 30. Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries community education officer Karl Roebuck said many fishers made the mistake of thinking the closure only related to taking tailor, but that is not the case. "The closure actually prohibits the taking of any fin fish from a point 400 metres north of Waddy Point to a point 400 metres south of Indian Head and 400 metres to seaward between those points," Mr Roebuck said. "The area is closed to recreational and commercial fishers for both the take and possession of fin fish from these waters during the closure."

Mr Roebuck said Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers would regularly patrol the area to monitor compliance during the closure. "Signs will be in place advising of the closure in many locations throughout the area. We urge visitors to this area to read all advisory signs to positively identify where they can and cannot fish. "These closures are in place to protect our fish stocks so that future generations can enjoy fishing these areas in years to come." Mr Roebuck said collecting bait on the foreshore within the area was still permitted during the closure, but only if catching worms and pipis by hand.

Hervey Bay
The past week has been pretty quiet on the fishing front mainly due to the wind conditions and drop in water temperature. Over the last few weeks water temps have been sitting around the 18-19 degree mark however with the recent cold snap weve seen it drop to around 15 degrees. However this should see the bream hanging around the rocks for a bit longer before they head back upstream. Good snapper are still being caught on the Arti as well as the reefs around Roonies and the 25 fathom hole. Fresh baits of yakka, herring, hardyheads and squid have been working well when drifted down a light berley trail. Needle sharp circle hooks like Gamakatsu and Owner octopus circles are a great hook when snapper fishing as they sit well in the bait and allow the fish to be hooked in the corner of the jaw. It is crutial when using circles to not strike at the fish as this will pull the hooks; wait until you feel the rod load up the use a gentle lift to secure the hook. Soft plastics are continuing to catch quality snapper with the 5-7 inch gulps and 100-145mm Squidgy flickbaits working best. Favourite colours this week have been the curried and tandoori chicken in the Gulps, with bloodworm and lemon chicken working well in the Squidgies. Come in and see the boys as they will be happy to show you the gun lures and jig heads to match.

Some quality summer whiting are being caught throughout the straits on both worms and yabbies. A standard whiting rig consisting of a chemically sharpened long shank hook and small running sinker is ideal and keeps the bait looking natural. Small surface poppers work well when cast around the shallow banks at low tide with a fasting twitching action. Over the last week weve found the Maria plop & skips to be the best lures with the Ecogear px45s and Rebel pop-rs also producing the goods. This time of year is also the best time to target the larger summer whiting as bigger numbers and sizes can be found. Over the next few months will also be the best time to target a feed of summeries along the foreshore around the shelly beach and Urangan area.

Bream are still being caught around the rocky headlands with pillies, mullet gut and herring working best. The pier is still producing some good bream close to the pylons however it can be a bit hit and miss. Small soft plastics and hard bodied lures also work well with baitfish and yabbies imitations being the pick of the bunch. Bream can be caught on a variety of plastics with 2-3 inch lures in the powerbaits, Squidgies and gulps catching fish. One of the standout lures has been the 3 inch powerbait hollow bellies with al colours producing fish. These lures imitate a dying baitfish and can be fished on either hidden weight or standard jig heads to great effect. Good numbers of flathead have been caught with either live herring and pike or soft plastics working best. Flatties usually sit on the sandy drop offs or the rocky edges waiting to ambush and unsuspecting baitfish. Casting 80-100mm soft plastics like the Squidgy fish around the drop offs is a good place to start. This year has seen some great flathead fishing with lots of big fish being reported. Just remember that there is a min size of 40cm and max of 70cm with a bag limit of 5. These fish are a valuable species and provide great sport so when releasing the big breeding females take care as not to damage these important fish. The outer reefs around the shoals area is still producing good coronation trout and maori cod on live baits and butterflied fish baits. Around the end of winter is the time to fish the shelf as the current starts to dissipate allowing anglers to get bait to the bottom without competing with the current. Strips of mullet, cut baits and cuttlefish heads fished on a paternoster rig is the best method. You can expect to catch good pearl perch, red emperor, rosy job fish as well as mangrove jack.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Welcome to this weeks report which has produced four charters as the weather has not been as good as last week. The charters we have had produced a mixed bag of all reef species, and the snapper started to reappear although not in big numbers. Good catches of moses perch continued, with pearl perch, parrot and hussar making up the bulk of our catches. Some of our clients had there arms streched as the amberjack showed up with 3 landed one day to 18kgs, but some found there own gear not up to the task and a few live to fight another day. Last Monday in choppy conditions the Harvey Norman crew from Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane wanted some sport fishing, unfortunately conditions weren't ideal for longtails & cobia. They did find that big cod pull hard and after a lot of arm shaking 4 were landed, with plenty of fillets heading south. Unfortunately the overcast conditions kept the pelagics away but to finish the day a few reefies were landed with quite a few big cod left behind also. For those wanting a challenge; the longtails have been in good numbers and the dolphin fish will show up in the next couple of months. On the Beach scene, very quiet is the word. If you intend travelling the beach, don't be stupid and drive through 3 ft of water or you will come to grief. A lot of trees are making some areas impassable except dead LOW,and there is a lot of soft sand.
Well good luck till next week. Tony Stewart 54868666.

Freshwater Report - Lake Lenthalls Report
At Lenthalls this week a few bass were caught using surface lures during the afternoon with Squidgy spinnerbaits working in the morning. Fishing around the dam is still pretty quiet however it should pick up as the temperature rises and the water becomes clearer.

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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