Weekly Report 18 Sep 08

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Weekly Report 18 Sep 08

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:41 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Things have been quiet on the island this week with very few reports coming from along the entire beach. Most anglers have opted to head for the western side with some quality whiting, bream and flathead being caught on a variety of baits and lures.

Hervey Bay
With the warm northerly winds in the bay over the last week some of the summer species are starting to turn up with excellent numbers of school mackerel being caught as well as a few coral bream and blackall. Due to this warm water it seems that the snapper are moving further a field to deeper cool water and the bream are heading back up river. This is also the time of year to start stocking up on your barra gear as Monduran and Awoonga are starting to fire. Around the fairway buoy there have been plenty of quality sized school mackerel. At the moment they're not being fussy at to what baits with fish being landed on snapbacks, metal spoons and live yakkas and herring. The Burrum 8 Mile has also been producing good numbers of Mackerel as well as the Urangan Pier. Heavier fluorocarbon leaders around the 60lb mark are needed to avoid being bitten off with a small length of single strand wire sometimes needed. The odd trevally and tuna are being caught however as the water warms up more we should start to see larger schools move in.

Over the last week there have been some good summer whiting caught along the foreshore. The bigger morning tides have been the go with the northerlies also churning up the water a bit allowing the whiting to feed in close. Live yabbies and worms have been the baits of choice with fish also being caught on small poppers. Light line around the 4-6lb mark is ideal and will increase your catch rate dramatically. On the arti a few coral bream have started to show up with most fish being caught on whole hardiheads and prawns. Blackall are also being caught on the arti with bigger numbers coming from the outer banks where you will also find school mackerel. Soft plastics also work well for the grass sweetlip and blackall with the Berkley 5 inch jerk shads have been the plastics of choice and can be fished on 1/4 -3/8 jig heads. Light fluorocarbon leaders between 14-20lb should suffice and will increase your chances.

Over the bar there have been reports of good quality Mangrove Jacks with fish in the 8-9kilo margin being caught. The best baits have been a large strip of fresh mullet fished on a paternoster rig with the suitable amount of lead to keep you on the bottom. The odd pearl perch and red emperor is also being caught on both cuttlefish heads as well as fish baits. Deepwater metal jigs and octopus jigs like the Shimano Lucanus and Kowai jigs have also accounted for some quality fish.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
No Report.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
With the warmer weather that we've received of late there have been reports of a few bass being caught at the dam. Working the lily edges and shallower arms has been working well with bass being caught on soft plastics and surface lures. Berkley hollow bellies fished on relatively light jig heads have been working well and resemble an injured baitfish. If you enjoy the adrenalin of seeing a surface hit the Cultiva zip n ziggys have been working well as they have an excellent walk the dog action. Trolling along the drop offs and around thermoclines has also been successful with small RMG Scorpions working well. Over the next month we should also start to see a few smallish barra being caught.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran has been fishing well over the past week due to the warm northerly winds. Fish have been found around fairly shallow flat country and not necessarily in the thick timber. Slow rolling soft plastics like the Squidgy slick rigs as well as B52's has been a popular method and has been producing the goods. If you prefer to troll, the Classic pro's have been working well in baitfish colours.

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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