Weekly Report 26 Sep 08

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Weekly Report 26 Sep 08

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:17 pm

G'Day folks Chris is on holidays for the next two weeks so I'll be
sending out the report in this format for the time being.

Hervey Bay Waters:
A strong wind warning is current.
Thursday until midnight: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas to 2 metres in
the northern bay. Showers.
Friday: SE winds 20/25 knots, easing to 15/20 knots in the evening.
Seas 1.8 metres in the northern bay easing to 1.4 metres. Isolated showers.
Saturday: SE winds 15/20 knots tending E/SE 10/15 knots in the afternoon.

The strong SE winds over the past few days have limited a lot of fishing options with most anglers heading down the rivers or in close around Gataker's Bay. However the water is starting to warm up which is seeing more bait around the bay with the pelagics closely following them. Along the beaches some quality summer whiting have been caught with some good morning tides coming up over the next week. Fresh yabbies have been the bait of choice with sand worms also catching some good fish. Small poppers have continued to catch whiting in the shallows with the favourites being the River 2 Sea bubblepops and Ecogear px45's. A fast twitching action works best with these small surface lures as they impart the action of a panic stricken prawn which the whiting can't resist. Remember to keep leader lengths fairly short, around two foot as this will allow the lure to track straight.

Throughout the Sandy Straits good flathead can still be found with some very large specimens being caught. Live herring and mullet work well with whole frogmouth pillies on a two gang also catching fish. Soft plastics in the 70-100mm size also work a treat when bounced off the bottom around sandy drop off's. Trolling hard bodied lures like Mann's 10+ and RMG scorpions is another popular method. Flathead have a minimum size of 40cm and a maximum of 70cm, so if you do catch one of these big breeding females remember to return them to the water quickly and unharmed. Throughout the river systems there have been reports of the odd jew with a few threadfin salmon starting to show up. Probably the best bait for these species would have to be a live mullet which can either be caught with a cast net or a small hook baited with bread fished under a float. Soft plastics work well with most fish style lures in the 80-100mm range working well. Trolling hardbodies lures that dive between 10-12 foot at about 4 knots is another successful method.

Off the Urangan Pier there have been quite a few golden trevally caught over the past week. Most fish have been caught on a live herring suspended under a float or unweighted. Flasha spoons have also taken there fair share of fish as well as snapback soft plastics. Goldies are an excellent sportfish and provide great fun especially on lures and flies, however they're not that great to eat so you'd be better off releasing them and keeping a feed of mackerel. On that note there have been some good school mackerel being caught with some mac and bluefin tuna also showing up. Mackerel are also being caught around the Outer Banks, Fairway Buoy and a few around Gatakers. On the Arti there have been catches of coral bream and blackall with most anglers opting to use whole hardiheads or prawns for bait. Soft plastic flickbaits in the 4-6inch range have also been producing some good fish with the Berkley gulps and Squidgy pro range being the favourites. Jighead sizes will vary due to the stage of tide and amount of run so carry a range between ¼ -1/2 ounce. Leaders of around 14-20lb fluorocarbon should suffice as well as provide more hits as it is lighter and clearer than standard mono leaders.

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy
Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Due to the severe winds there hasn't been much fishing done over the last few days. However last week there were reports of quality jew, tailor and dart. On the western side anglers are continuing to catch whiting and bream.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
The water at Lenthalls is still fairly dirty after the last bit of rain we received but it is good to see how high the water level is at the moment. A few bass have been caught over the last few days with quite a few people opting to troll. Soft plastics have also been successful when cast along the banks. Around the timbery areas of the dam a few barra between 40-50cm are starting to be caught. The best lures have been Bombers, Squidgy slick rigs as well as Tilsan barras.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran has been fishing well of late with some quality fish being landed. The shallow bays have been the place to fish particularly around the flats of Bird Bay. Soft plastics have been popular with fish styles in the 100-130mm size working well. Come in and see the boys at Tackleworld to see what colours and rigging methods have been working. Trolling has also produced the odd fish the Classic pro's and RMG scorpions working well.

Lake Awoonga Report: Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator.
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