Weekly report 5 Sep 08

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Weekly report 5 Sep 08

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:50 am

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
This week due to the wind and rain quite a few people opted to head for the other side of the island around Moon point. Good flathead have been caught off month on both bait and soft plastics with some quality bream also caught. Those that did fish on the beach side were rewarded with some nice tailor on both lures and pillies.

Hervey Bay
The weather outlook for the weekend is looking pretty grim at the moment with strong SW winds predicted. This should be a good chance to do any routine maintenance on fishing gear as well as the boat or even watch a fishing DVD. The latest copy of The Fishing DVD is now in store and would be a good watch whilst the wild weather is around. The larger snapper are starting to thin out around the Wathumba area due to the slow rise in water temperature with most fish heading for deeper water around the gutters and fairway buoy. Some good fish are still being caught on the arti with an array of baits and lures working. Fresh herring, yakkas, prawns and squid are pretty hard to beat especially when drifted down a light berley trail. Mix a packet of berley pellets with some tuna oil and chopped up fish and disperse it every 15-20 mins to help increase your chances. If soft plastics is the game the Berkley gulps, Squidgy pro range flickbaits and Atomic guzzlers have all been working. When fished on a fairly light jighead and fluorocarbon leader these lures are very effective on the snapper with bi-catches of coral bream, cod and blackall common. The use of graphite rods and braided lines will also help with making these presentations as they give you excellent contact with your lure. Come in and see the boys and they will be more than happy to help you with a soft plastics combo or show you which plastics have been working best.

Good quality grunter are being caught around the shale ledges and deep holes. Fresh prawns are usually a good starting point for catching a feed of grunter with quite a few anglers opting to target them on soft plastics. Squidgy fish in black and gold and drop bear have been working well as well as Atomic guzzlers in the 3 and 4 inch prongs. Leaders of around 20lb should suffice and jig heads between the 1/8 to 3/8 sizes (depending on current and depth) should do the trick. Throughout the Straits some quality trevally have been caught with mixed schools of tea leaf, GTs and goldies between 2-6kg. These fish feed on small baitfish and crustaceans such as yabbies and crabs which makes them a prime target on both soft plastics and fly. One of the standout new soft plastics for them has been the Atomic Guzzler prong in both the 3 and 4 inch sizes. These lures resemble a prawn or yabby and when fished on a light jighead look like the real deal.

Jewfish will also continue to be caught with both bait and lures working well. Whole squid and live bait are the best baits with quite a few fish being caught on soft plastics. Squidgy pro range slick rigs in the 110mm have been working well as they come in a variety of colours and have an inbuilt jighead which creates a slow rolling action. The addition of s-factor (which comes in each packet) to your slick rigs will also improve your results especially around discoloured water or when the bite shuts down. A medium spin outfit with 20lb braid and a 20-30lb leader is ideal for these types of presentation and can be used for a number of fishing scenarios. There are still plenty of cobia around the arti and Wathumba area. The best baits seem to be live pike or yakkas, however they will take pillies intended for snapper. Large soft plastics will also produce the good with some of the favourites being the 7 inch gulp, 110-190mm Squidgy flickbaits and Snapbacks. Cobia will also hit a variety of metal spoons and slugs as well as metal knife jigs.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Last Saturday in reasonable conditions with light North-Noreast winds the day produced an average catch of mixed reef fish with 6 nice cobia to top it off. The main species landed were pearl perch, maori cod, frying pan snapper and moses perch. Sunday in a freshening Noreaster the bite was a bit slower but a good bin of mixed reef fish were landed and a nice red emperor of 7kgs. From all reports last weekend was a bit quite all around and it seems similar to last year at this time with good shows about but all species being finicky. The soft plastics seem to work best lately, but of course you can't hand them out to all onboard - they are just a bit expensive. On the beach scene Wayne at Rainbow Beach Camping tells me of good tailor moving up the coast, although they are a bit late this year they are in good numbers with some very good catches already. Also some big bream are starting to show up on the beach.The beach conditions have been good for driving, but that could all change this week-end with a big Low Pressure system set to dominate the weather and produce big swells. Well thats it for another week, so good fishing, but take care.

Lake Lenthalls Report
Over the last week there have been reports of both bass and a few small barra being caught around the dam. Team Daiwa vibes have been producing some nice bass with both the Ayu and Herring colour working well. Some of the other popular lures have been Stump jumpers and RMG scorpions in purple, red and green colours. Try fishing the lily edges and sun warmed bays as these are usually productive spots. Submerged timber will also hold fish and provides a great ambush point for hungry bass. The barra have been biting on classic minis and banana long A bombers. Use your sounder to locate any bait or temperature changes as the barra wont be far behind. The shallow bays will also be productive because of the warmer water temperatures. If youre a bit of an adrenalin junky surface lures in Lenthall’s is another great method for catching bass and barra. Small walk the dog style lures like Zip n Ziggys are very effective on both species.

Lake Monduran Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator
Last week saw Monduran fire due to the northerly winds which warmed the dam up substantially in parts. Local reports of sight casting to fish 100-120cm+ in the shallows had anglers buckling at the knees. This is a good indication as to the fishing over the next month. Come in and see the boys for information on the latest and greatest lures as well as suitable tackle before the spring rush.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator.
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Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
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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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