Weekly Report 9 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 9 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:39 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
This week Leone reports that the tailor fishing south of Dundaburra has been relatively quiet. Best tailor spots are around the rocks of Indian Head and the large gutter north of Waddy Point. Other local anglers confirmed this report, sharing stories of greenbacks around 3-4 kg from the rocks of the headlands and in the big gutter mentioned above. The water is clear and remains weed free. There are plenty of quality whiting to be found in the smaller gutters and melon holes at or around low tide. Dart are anywhere a decent gutter is formed. Leone says they have been watching schools of mackerel harass baitfish and tailor just outside the breakers in the Happy Valley area. Worming on the island is still very good. Pippies on the other hand can be particularly hard to find.

Hervey Bay
A few showers and primarily easterly winds are forecast for the next few days. After a bit of a blow late this week, winds are to ease to 15-20 knots by Saturday with Sunday looking a little better again. The Urangan Pier has been fishing very well during the week for golden trevally in particular. Quite large numbers of goldies have hit the deck of the pier, caught mostly on live herring. Mackerel and tuna are not as prevalent at the moment, but a few have shown up for a bit of variety. Bigger tides leading into the full moon on Wednesday should see a number of decent whiting caught from the beach end of the pier. Using live yabbies on the early rising tide is the best bet. Don't bother venturing too far out the pier for whiting as the better fish are typically just off the beach. As the tide rises towards full, be prepared to move closer to the beach.

Shelley Beach and other local beaches will produce some nice whiting over the same tides in coming days. Again, live yabbies are best, but quality beach worms will work as well. River Heads and Burrum Heads continue to produce good quality and numbers of flathead for those shore-based anglers flicking soft plastics. If bait fishing for flatties, try slowly retrieved pillies on gangs, hardiheads or prawns. Of course live baits of herring, hardiheads or mullet will be better again. Jewfish up to around 12 kg are still a possibility from River Heads. Jewies are best at night on shallow running lures or slow-rolled paddle-tail soft plastics. Live baits or fresh squid also work well, though care needs to be taken not to constantly snag up on the rocks.

We are hearing of good threadfin salmon being caught well up the Mary towards Maryborough, with a few also in the upper reaches of the Susan and Bunya. Excellent quality grunter are also being caught in the same areas and in a few of the deeper holes further downstream. Grunter of 80cm or more can be expected, though the average run of fish are between 45-65cm. Using bunches of live yabbies on a suitable hook is one option, but for an even better (and more fun) way of catching them, try 3" Gulp shrimp, 4"Gulp swimming mullet or Atomic Prongs. Estuary cod, flathead, bream, pikey bream, jewfish and whiting can also be caught further downstream in this system. From all reports, the Burrum system continues to fish well for grunter, flathead, whiting, mangrove jack and cod. Good catches of small prawns are possible in the upper reaches, just don't be tempted to venture into the green zones at the top of each of the four rivers flowing into the Burrum. A few school mackerel, queenfish and trevally can be found in areas like the black bank near the mouth and out around the leads.

Down the Sandy Straits you can expect to catch quality whiting over sandbanks and up the smaller creeks on the rising tides. Flathead are quite prolific at present and will fall for a range of soft plastics fished along the mangrove fringes adjacent to creek mouths or around the creek mouths as the tides recede. Grunter, cod, jewfish, sweetlip, blackall and bream can be expected in the Ungowa/Wanggoolba Creek area. Pre-full moon tides should trigger a good bite from local reef fish, with shallow fringing reefs and deeper isolated reef structures producing at different times. Coral bream, blackall, cod and coral trout can be caught along drop offs over the shallow reefs very early in the morning. Fishing over the deeper reefs at the turn of tide should produce cod and coral trout on live baits of herring, pike or yakkas.

Golden trevally and school mackerel are in good numbers throughout the bay. They can be found around beacons like the fairway that are holding quantities of baitfish and over reefs with plenty of bait. A few large queenfish have also shown up recently in the lower bay area. Spinning high speed metals, fast-twitching flick bait style plastics or live baiting are the best methods. The good old pillie on a set of gangs will also work for mackerel most times. The inshore northerly winds lately have kept a lot of the bigger boats onshore. In the spring, these winds are often generated in the afternoons due to the difference between the heat of the land and the cooler water. Venture far enough offshore, say Rooneys and beyond (outside) and you can often find the wind to be insignificant. For those fishing outside lately, green jobfish have been a major feature of catches over the shoals, with the usual venus tuskfish, red-throat emperor, spangled emperor and various species of cod also being caught. Current offshore east of the break sea spit has varied a bit in intensity of late, averaging about 1.5 knots over most of shoals and up to 3 knots on the shelf. There is too much current on the shelf for effective fishing, though when it eases again some excellent quality pearl perch, snapper and rosy jobfish can be found.

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

Freshwater Report - Lake Lenthalls Report
No Report.

Lake Monduran Report
The big annual fishing comp is on at Monduran this weekend. Some great prizes are up for grabs for those who wish to enter, but if you are not in the comp and enjoy trouble-free launching and peace and quiet on the dam, this is probably not the best weekend to visit. The dam has again been a bit hit and miss of late, though the hot humid days early this week produced some great barra over the metre. The main basin area remains dead quiet, but big numbers of baitfish (both bony bream and gar) and gathering in that area, and with the advent of the first real storms of the season expect numbers of barra to move downstream soon. Currently, the areas producing the best fishing include the back of bay, Bird bay, Talibaran, bay and the large bay just past the second shortcut to the right. Water temperatures have ranged from 23-29 degrees. Warmer temperatures are to be found mid afternoon onwards in the vicinity of windward shorelines where the wind blows the warmer surface waters.

Best fishing is reported in depths averaging 3 metres, using hard-bodied lures like arafura barras, barra classics, RMG scorpions and the large 16A bombers. Smaller bombers, B52s and Captiva Wasagis continue to produce if you can find fish feeding in shallower waters along the weed-fringed shorelines. Remember, stealth is the key in the shallows. Seems best to avoid the shorelines containing the floating slime as not only does it foul lures, the barra do not seem to favour these areas. Slow-rolling slick rigs, hollow bellies and power mullet is also working in similar waters. Consider increasing speed to a medium-paced retrieve as the day heats up. Jason from Barra Madness Tours reported the fishing much tougher in Monduran this week, with fewer hook-ups, caused to a great extent by increases in boat traffic. The only fish that co-operated came again from deeper waters away from the crowds. He suggested people find isolated structure or suitable banks away from other boats and use a stealthy approach to better your chances.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator www.barramadness.com.au.
Jason experienced one of those brilliant days on Awoonga last Monday, with his clients hooking 22 fish on suspending hard bodies, slick rigs and top-water lures. Since then he has averaged 4 fish per day. Barra are turning up in a variety of locations around the dam, mostly bays and weedy banks fringing the main basin.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Summer season looks good! The last month has seen a few north winds, common for this time of year but the good news is that water temperatures have risen 5 degrees and the summer season is about to fire. Last week I spent a few days at a new location looking for new options and species and with little knowledge my two anglers caught some trophy fish with GTs to 18kg, barra to 92cm, an 8kg fingermark and some big estuary cod all on lures. 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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