Weekly Report 30 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 30 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:27 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. Whole pillies are working best with fish also being caught on metal spoons. Whiting are being caught at low tide in the gutters along the beach on worms and pippies as well as heaps of dart. Pippies are also showing up in bigger numbers along the beach now.

Hervey Bay
Over the past week there have been reports of good sized summer whiting coming from moon point and the beaches north of it. The best baits have been live yabbies and bloodworms as well as fresh sandworms. Around the shallows it would be worth throwing small poppers like River 2 Sea bubblepops and Rebel PX45's as they imitate a small prawn which the whiting can't resist. Use a medium to fast retrieve with a series of twitches to imitate these tiny crustaceans and watch the whiting climb all over your lure. Around Moon point and throughout the creek there are also some nice bream to be caught at times so try slowing down your retrieve and throw in a few pauses as bream also love these tiny surface lures.

On the pier the main target species have been mac tuna and broad barred mackerel with some nice specimens caught. Live herring have been the preferred baits and seem to be producing the goods. These can either be fished unweighted or under a balloon. Set your baits on the edge of the bait schools as this is where the predators will be searching for wounded herring and hardiheads. Metal spoons like Flashas and metal slugs have also been working well and imitate a wounded baitfish. Soft plastics in natural colours are another great option as they can be twitched slowly and sight cast to fish. The favourites in soft plastics have been 3 and 4 inch Berkley powerbaits and Squidgy flick baits.

Some nice school and broad barred mackerel are also being caught around the beacons. A variety of baits have been working with fish being caught on both live and dead offerings. Live herring and yakkas, whole pilchards and sprat have been the most popular baits with alot of anglers also using metal spoon and white Snapbacks. Coral bream are being caught on the shallow reefs throughout the bay on both bait and lures. Fresh prawns and hardiheads are pretty hard to beat for bait and can be presented naturally down a berley trail when fished with a small sinker directly above the hook. Flickbaits in the 4-6inch sizes have been working well with Squidgies, Gulps and Powerbaits working well. There have also been some nice cod and coral trout starting to be caught on the reefs using live pike. Fish fairly heavy leaders as these fish will try there hardest to bury you in the structure.

Throughout the Mary River system there have been some nice blue and threadfin salmon however they seem to be moving around quite a bit and being hesitant to taking a bait or lure. Live mullet and prawns are great baits and are easily attained around River Heads. Shallow diving lures like B52's and bombers are great when cast around the flats and drains and resemble a mullet. Trolling is another productive method with the Killalure river rats and Mann's 10+ lures being popular. River Heads is still producing some nice flathead as well as the odd queenfish. The flatties are being caught on half pillies as well as live herring fished on the bottom. Soft plastics shads and fish in the 80-100mm sizes have also been working with most colours catching fish. Queenfish are being caught on metal spoons, poppers and Snapbacks in a variety of colours.

Game Fishing Report: Courtesy members of Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club
Water temps this week have been around 23-24 degrees with the water nice and clear at present. Small black marlin as well as sailfish are being caught on a variety of pushers. There have also been good schools of school yellow fin tuna ranging from 4-8kg. At the moment there have been no reports of wahoo or dolphin fish which is weird for this time of year. The schools of bait have been sitting between 10-20m in the water column however it is very spread out. Fish are being caught between the Shoals and 13 Mile Crossing with most coming out of 20-40m of water. With consistent reports of black marlin and sailfish it looks like its shaping up to be a great game comp.

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

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Water temperatures have been increasing in Monduran over the past week. 24 degrees was the average morning temp early in the week in the main river course, with water up to 28 degrees to be found at the southern end of the big bays like Band Bird. Barra remain a bit elusive but a stealthy approach fishing the shallow bays and points in the mid sections of the dam has been producing fish. Barra seem to be holding in 10-12 feet of water so try casting and trolling 3m lures like Arafura barras, Classic barras and larger bombers. If working the shallows small bombers, B52's and shallow Arafura barras have been working well. If hard bodied lures aren't producing the goods try soft plastics as they can be worked from the surface layer all the way to the bottom. Berkley hollow bellies rigged weedless, Squidgy slick rigs and Bozo mullets have all been working.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator www.barramadness.com.au.
No Report.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Barra time. As the water temps rise Barramundi will become active in both the impoundments and the estuaries. This 92cm fish was taken recently in the great sandy straits from a creek mouth on a pink richo's extracta lure, the angler is Rob from the gold coast. 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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