Weekly Report 23 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 23 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:41 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Leone reports that tailor are still being caught up and down the beach on the eastern front. Strangely enough they're being caught in the middle of the day on the full tide. Whole pillies are working best with fish also being caught on metal spoons. Good flatties are being caught around the Eurong and Dundaburra area on pilchards. Quality dart are also being caught on both worms and pippies.

Hervey Bay
Along the beaches this week there have been some nice summer whiting showing up particularly around Shelly Beach and the mouth of Eli Creek. Live yabbies have been producing the goods with sand worms also working well. Now is also an excellent time to start throwing around small poppers like Ecogear PX45's and Rebel pop-r's for the summeries. Whiting climb all over these lures as they resemble a panic stricken prawn skipping along the surface. Itâ's not uncommon to see 2 or more fish chasing the same lure which provides a very visual and exciting way of fishing. The best retrieve method is to make a nice long cast, hold the rod tip high and continually twitch the rod with a medium to fast winding action. Over the last week there have been some nice cod caught around the river heads area. Live pike and mullet are great baits with quite a few anglers also opting to use soft plastics. Berkley gulps in the 5-7 inch sizes have been producing the goods as well as Squidgy fish in the 100mm size.

Around the Mary and Susan the odd Blue and Threadfin Salmon are being caught. At the moment they're proving to be a bit elusive with a lot of anglers seeing the fish cruise past but not touching a lure or bait. If you're a bait fisho live mullet are the gun bait however a lot of people have been opting to use hard or soft bodied lures. Out of the soft plastics the Squidgy fish in 80-100mm have been working best and resemble a small mullet. Popular hard bodies have been Killalure river rats, B52's, Bombers and RMG scorpions. Around the local reefs coral bream are starting to be caught around the Arti and Gatakers. Fresh baits of prawn or hardyheads have been working best when drifted down a light berley trail. The best rig for presenting these baits is just a small ball sinker directly on top of a 4/0-6/0 chemically sharpened hook. Soft plastics also work well on coralies with the Berkley powerbait and gulps working well. Come in and see the boys and they'll be more than happy to show you which plastics n jigheads have been working best.

Blackall are also being caught on the shallow reefs as well as the Outer Banks. The best baits have been prawns, hardyheads, pillies and squid. These fish fight quite well especially on light tackle. If your fishing the Outer Banks it might also be worth flicking out a live herring or whole pillie on a gang for the odd mackerel or trevally. Good school mackerel are being caught at the old wreck near the NU2 on a variety of baits and lures. Live herring, yakkas and whole pillies fished under a float or unweighted have been working well. Metal spoon's have been the lure of choice with a lot of anglers opting to use 35 and 50gm Flasha's. A variety of soft plastics have been working however the white Snapback's seem to be best as they are the most tear resistant. Off the Urangan Pier there have been mac tuna caught over the last week. The most productive method has been live baiting. Live herring can be fished either under a float or unweighted to great effect. Metal spoons and small soft plastics are also worth a try with these speedy pelagics.

Game Fishing Report: Courtesy members of Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club.
Reports of small blacks are still coming in from outside the 13 mile crossing this week. The water temperature has dropped from a spike of hot water at 27 degrees down to 24 degrees which has slowed things, but persistance is still paying off. As well as the marlin, fisho's are on to yellowfin tuna to 10kg and also school sized dolphin fish just to mix things up a bit. Inside the island , mackerel, mack tuna and longtail are all taking lures just north of rooneys point. Most fish have been taking a trolled skirt but always mix it up a little if things go quiet. The annual Game Fishing Classic is scheduled for November 13-16, and with recent local reports it looks like shaping up to be a terrific event.

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

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
The lake is fishing quite well, fish are being caught in the open bays in deeper water on slick rigs and b52's. Again stealth is the key so electric motors are a must when fishing so as to not spook fish too much.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator www.barramadness.com.au.
It's very tough at the moment, fish seem to be very skittish. 1 day you can have 15 hookups, the next you can only get 3 or 4. This seems to be due to the inconsistent wind the constantly changes directions. Most fish have been caught with 130mm slick rigs slow rolled over the weed beds. Classic barra 10 plus lures are working well as an alternative.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Goldys Galore! This season is shaping up to become one of the best golden trevally years I can remember since I started fishing 30 years ago in the bay. We caught goldys right through winter (very unusual) with large numbers of smaller fish as well as some 8-10 kg specimens on the flats. 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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