Weekly Report 6 Nov 08

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Weekly Report 6 Nov 08

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:16 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Leone reports that there are still some good whiting being caught in the gutters at low tide on pippies and worms. Chopper tailor are continuing to get caught during the late afternoon on whole ganged pilchards. There have also been reports this week of a few bream being caught around Poyungan Rocks on strips of pillie, pippies and worms.

Hervey Bay
Due to the bad weather over the past week reports have been pretty limited. On the pier there has been plenty of bait which has seen good numbers of golden trevally and mac tuna, with some nice broad barred mackerel also being caught. The best baits have been live herring suspended under a float or fished unweighted. 35 and 50gm metal spoons like flash's have also been a popular choice as well as 3-5 inch baitfish profile soft plastics. Come in and see the boys at Tackleworld to see which soft plastics have been working best.

The northerly winds have dirtied up the water a bit which should see some good whiting fishing around shelly beach and the rock groins. Live yabbies and worms are the best bait and are best fished on a light rig consisting of 6-8lb line, small ball sinker, swivel, a small amount of trace and a chemically sharpened long shank hook. On low tide throwing small surface poppers around the shallows is another popular method. This is a very visual style of fishing as you can sight cast to individual fish and watch them follow your lure before sipping the lure off the surface. Rebel pop-r's, Bubble pop 35's and Ecogear PX45's have been the most popular lures and can be thrown on a light 1-3kg or 2-4kg graphite rod with 4-6lb line. When popper fishing for whiting you can up your leader to around 7-10lb, this helps the lure sit in the water properly and provides more abrasion resistance in case you hook a flathead.

On the calmer days there have been good schools of tea leaf trevally and some school mackerel being caught around the fairway buoy. A variety of whole and strip baits have been working with a lot of anglers opting to use soft plastics and small metal spoons. Small Powerbait and Squidgy flickbaits are deadly on tea leaf trevally and usually provide plenty of bi-catch. Around the fairway there have also been schools of mac tuna. Small metal slugs and snapbacks have been the lures of choice and are very effective when cast into the school and cranked back at high speed.

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.

Just a reminder that the annual barramundi closed season is on until midday 1st of February. Anglers are not allowed target or take any barramundi within this closure except for within a recognised stocked impoundment which has a minimum and maximum of 58cm-120cm and bag limit of 1.

Game Fishing Report: Courtesy members of Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club
No Report.

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

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Monduran has been fishing very tough lately with very few fish being caught. We anticipate with the full moon the fishing should improve.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator www.barramadness.com.au.
Over the last week Awoonga has been fishing very well with 7-10 barra being caught on charters. Water temps have been reaching 28 degrees in the afternoons with stable weather conditions present. Most fish are being caught on Squidgy slick rigs hopped down the edges of the weed beds to great success.

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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