Weekly Report 4 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 4 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:25 am

We apologise for the delay in the fishing report. We have staff of sick and on holidays. Everything will return to normal as of this Thursday. weather for this weekend is again looking good, with 10-15 knot northerlies forecast. For boaties venturing out onto the bay, an early start will see you enjoy the best weather of the day, as northerlies typically increase with the afternoon.

Urangan Pier should fish well over the next few days with the smaller neap tides being more attractive to pelagic fish like mackerel, trevally and tuna. Live baits of herring, gar or hardiheads fished on the surface for tuna, or mid-water to the bottom for golden trevally and school or broad-barred mackerel should work a treat. For the energetic, high-speed spinning with Flasha Spoons and other metal lures is a great option. The tides are about perfect for flathead from the pier as well, with mid stages of the morning rising tide being best. Whiting have been around on local beaches such as Shelley, but the smaller tides are not the best for these fish. Bigger tides leading into the full moon next week will be more productive for whiting on our beaches.

River Heads is producing flathead for those flicking soft plastics from shore. Jewfish remain a chance as well during the evening, whilst a few smaller mackerel and a late season tailor are worth chasing on metal spoons during the early morning.Upriver further in the Mary and Susan you can expect a few threadfin salmon to show up. Usually caught on live baits of mullet, herring or prawns, they can also be trolled up on hard-bodied lures (particularly bombers) or on cast soft plastics like Squidgy slickrigs, fish or flickbaits. Best numbers of salmon are still well upriver towards the Dundathu reach or Maryborough, but will come downstream more-so as the waters warm. The dreaded green toadfish have made their presence felt in the lower Mary/Susan lately, but the recent bad weather and associated dirtier water will hopefully move them on.

Grunter, flathead, bream, and cod are also being caught throughout the rivers. Flathead are an easy option on soft plastics or bait in the lower reaches of the Mary, Susan or Burrum, as well as throughout the Sandy Straits. Nice summer whiting are on offer in the same areas, by fishing live yabbies over the flats on rising tides, or back in the gutters as the tide recedes. The Burrum system has improved dramatically of late, with a few mangrove jacks caught already. Best bites will always be at night for jacks, but a few can be caught mid afternoon during the warmer part of the day. Local reefs are producing reasonable numbers of quality coral bream and blackall on squid, prawns or bunches of yabbies. Try using Gulp baits of 4" minnow, 5" jerkshad, 3" prawn or 4" swimming mullet for coral bream, as the results are outstanding. Use jig heads in sizes 3/0 to 5/0 with weights of ¼ to ½ ounce to match the plastic and tidal conditions. Estuary cod have fired up on live baits and the odd coral trout has been landed by live-baiting or flicking soft plastics around bombies in
shallower water.

Snapper in the lower bay are pretty much just a memory now, but a few decent squire are still out there for the taking. A few whispers of good snapper still being caught in the Wathumba or Rooneys areas have been heard of late. A few get caught around Rooneys right up to Christmas, but pick bigger tides and weather with a southerly tendency for best results. The 25 Fathom Hole fished after dark is possibly the best option for a big snapper this time of year, with cod and coral trout also there for those using livebait during the day or mangrove jacks at night. Mackerel can be found anywhere from Gatakers Bay to outside the Burrum River at present, with fish also showing up around local beacons. Further up the island, from Maringa to Station Hill, mackerel and trevally can be found over the reefs and working the larger bait schools. The odd spotty mackerel has also shown up in amongst schools of schoolies. Strange for this time of year as they are normally a late November arrival, yet welcomed all the same. This is a great time of year to chase golden trevally. They are around in big numbers and can be caught on live baits, plastics like snapbacks, flickbaits or jerkshads, or on metals high-speed spinning. The Fairway Buoy has been holding some, they are prevalent on many local reefs including outer banks, 6 mile, maringa and the arti. The picnic islands will produce smaller specimens and the occasional larger model also.

Awoonga & Monduran Dams
Report thanks to Jason Wilhelm of "Barra Madness" ph 0420 846 345
Jason reports that a strong sou-easter to 30 knots has been blowing up at Awoonga for the past 4 days, making conditions a little trying. He has still been managing to put his clients onto 4-6 fish a day even in these conditions. Jason has found that fish are holding in water depths of around 25 feet of late, and has been using slow-rolled Slick Rigs swum deep to pin the fish. Crazy deep RMG Scorpions have also produced
when cast beyond the same fish. Water temperatures are averaging 23-25 degrees, with some warmer pockets later in the afternoons. Jason says that most people are fishing shallow bays and weed-fringed shorelines, which is usually a good tactic, but the change in weather last week moved fish to the deeper edges. As usual, no two days on the dams are the same, and with better northerly weather over coming days, the fish may well return to feed up into the shallows.

Similar results have been achieved by Jason whilst fishing Monduran with
clients. Again, the fish have been holding in better numbers on the
deeper edges and the abovementioned techniques have produced the fish. Water temperatures at Monduran have been similar, 24-26 degrees, with water up to 28 degrees during the afternoon in the backwaters. Side Note: A number of local anglers found the fishing a bit tough at Monduran last weekend, with very few hits for their effort. Fish seen holding in deeper waters similar to that mentioned above were difficult to tempt. Perhaps employing techniques similar to those used by Jason could help. A couple of new lures that are working very well when fish can be found are the shallow diving 120mm Arafura Barra, Captiva Wasagis and Berkley Hollow Bellies. For rigging techniques for the Hollow Bellies, drop in and see the lads here at Tackle World.

Fraser Island - Report thanks to Leone of "Sailfish on Fraser" at Happy Valley ph 07 4127 9494
Leone reports good numbers and quality of tailor north of their resort in the better gutters around Chard Rocks, the Maheno and Dundaburra. There is also very good whiting to be found in similar areas and also in the "melon holes" adjacent to the areas of softer sand. Very good quality beach worms are to be found along the eastern beach, anywhere the sand is a bit softer. Pippies on the other hand are a bit harder to find than usual, with the best patches being just south of Indian Head. Good dart are being caught right along the east coast in any of the better formed gutters. Leone says that plenty of whiting, bream and flathead can be found along the various beaches on the western side of Fraser.

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