Weekly Report 13 Nov 08

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Weekly Report 13 Nov 08

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:21 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
With the weather over the last week there haven't been many reports made. A few anglers managed to catch some bream and whiting around the happy valley area however they did put in the hard yards and had to fish against the tides. As the wind drops off the fishing should improve.

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With favourable wind conditions forecasted it looks like it's shaping up to be a good weekend for anglers and game comp competitors. Whiting are being caught in the first channel of the pier as well as shelly beach and Toogoom. Freshly pumped yabbies have been the gun baits with sand worms and bloodworms also working effectively. A standard whiting rig consisting of a small ball sinker, swivel, small length of leader and a chemically sharpened long shank hook is the go. This rig can be further spiced up with a short length of red tube or beads above the hook. Whiting poppers have again been proving successful around the shallow flats. Rebel Pop-r's, Gillies Poppers, River 2 Sea Bubblepops and Ecogear PX45's have all been working well.

There have been a few reports of garfish being caught around the rock groins and the first channel of the pier. The use of berley in the form of some berley pellets or stale bread will increase your catch rate. Baits of prawn, yabby or bread can be fished under a garfish float on small long shank hooks to great success. Garfish provide a nice sweet fillet and when cooked in a bit of flour make a good feed. They also make excellent live and dead bait with everything from snapper to marlin eating them and will be a popular choice for fishing skipbaits in the game comp this weekend. On the pier there have also been good reports of golden trevally as well as the odd broad barred mackerel. The most popular baits are live herring fished under a float or unweighted. Metal spoons like Flasha's in the 35-50gm range are ideal and can be cranked in at high speed. Soft plastics are another productive method with 5 inch Snapbacks and 4 inch Berkley and Squidgy flickbaits producing the goods.

Around the beacons anglers are still managing to get a feed of school and broad barred mackerel. Whole ganged pilchards, live herring and yakkas have been working best with metal spoons dropped to the bottom and cranked back also working well. Around the Fairway Buoy there have been reports of good schools of tea leaf trevally. Tea leaf's are generally small in size only averaging a few kilos but put up a great fight for there size and aren't too bad on the chew. Soft plastic flickbaits in the 3-5inch range have been the most popular choice with the trevally being quite willing to take a plastic. Strips of pilly as well as live baits can also be used. Towards the Fairway Buoy and around Wathumba there have been good schools of mac tuna with some long tail tuna ranging from 8-12kg mixed in the schools. Small metal slugs between 15-35gm are the lure of choice as they resemble the bait that the tuna are feeding on. Small soft plastics in baitfish colours can also be twitched around the edges of the schools and work well when the fish are a bit spooky. Come in and see the boys as to which plastics and jig heads will work best.

On the inshore reefs there have been coral bream and blackall caught early morning and late afternoon. Fresh prawns and hardiheads have been proving the best baits when fished with a small sinker above the hook and drifted down a light berley trail. Blackall have also been readily taking strips of squid. Berkley 5 inch gulps have been the lure of choice this week and have been working in a variety of colours. These can be fished on jig heads between 1/8-3/8ounce and a 20-30lb fluorocarbon leader, we also use braided line to enhance bite detection. At the moment there have also been some jelly prawn around the Mary and Susan River. This should see bigger numbers of threadfin and blue salmon getting around. Live prawns and mullet would be a good start with small prawn imitation soft plastics also worth a go. Berkley powerbait 3 inch rattle shrimps would be an excellent start when throwing soft plastics for salmon as they look just like the real thing and have a great action in the water. Big salmon put up an excellent fight with some blistering runs and shear power with the smaller specimens also putting up a great fight with plenty of jumps and head shakes. 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 on there fish.

Game Fishing Report: Courtesy members of Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club
Over the past week there have been no reports due to the high winds however the temperatures have been between 24-25 degress and the weather looks good for Saturday and Sunday. The higher water temperatures should see more pelagics move in over the next few days. Try trolling pushers around the 13 mile crossing as well as garfish skipbaits and live bridled baits for black marlin and sailfish.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Welcome to another weekly report which will be short this week due entirely to the unfavourable weather we are experiencing. This pattern of quick changes from Northerlies to Southerlies is norm for this time of year, maybe a bit early for these strong Soueasters we have now as a Low is off the Coast. The weather caused more cancellations last weekend although on Friday in glassout conditions some top fish were landed. A nice red emperor to 10kgs, and good snapper came aboard with pearl & moses perch, parrot, maori cod, hussar and a few cobia. Lets hope for plenty of these days over Xmas.

For those that may have been contemplating a change of outboard motors make sure your sitting down when you get the new prices. I had just 1 1/2 days notice of an impending price rise if I wanted to place an order for a new motor. I was told the rise would be 12-14% but guess what, it was 20%. I am now glad I ordered a new motor at the old price. Guess What ! 2 new outboards now equals 1 latest model Nissan Patrol. Thats scary.
Well till next week Good Fishing. Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
No Report.

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

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
No Report.
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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