Weekly Report 4 Nov 08

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Weekly Report 4 Nov 08

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:42 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Due to the weather there haven't been any reports however there are some good gutters along the front which we anticipate to fish well when the weather permits.

Hervey Bay
Due to the northerly winds this week there hasn't been many reports coming from the bay with most anglers opting to fish in the various river and creek systems. The Urangan Pier has been fishing fairly poorly due to the dirty water with only a few reports of summer whiting in the first channel and in the deeper water sharks of various sizes. When the wind shifts again and the water clears up we expect to see the golden trevally and mackerel move back in with the warm water. This time of year on the local reefs, we can expect to see good catches of painted sweetlip at night on yabbie balls, squid and prawns. There have good numbers of grass sweetlip at present which have been taking a liking to Berkley gulps in a variety of colours and styles. Whole hardiheads and prawns are another great alternative for grass sweetlip when drifted down a light berley trail. There have been plenty of estuary cod on the shallow reefs and have been caught on a variety of methods including live and dead baits, soft plastics and deep diving hard body lures trolled around rocks and structure. The odd coral trout has also been caught however the live baits they are being caught on have been a bit scarce.

Over the last few weeks there have been good reports of spotted mackerel in the Platypus Bay area. Spotties should be found between Arch Cliffs and Station Hill so keep an eye out for any birds diving as this is a great indication as to where the fish are. Small rainfish provide a big part of the spotted mackerel's diet so metal slugs in the 20-40gm mark are ideal when cranked back at high speed. 20lb mainline with a 50-60lb leader should suffice; avoid using wire as you will spook fish. Good schools of mac tuna can also be found around the Wathumba area with the odd long tail tuna mixed in the schools. At time tuna can be quite picky as to the size of lure they will take, sometimes having to downsize to a 10-20g slug. Soft plastics are quite popular as well with some of the favourites being 3-4inch Berkley powerbaits and Snapbacks in baitfish colours. With the northerly winds the various river systems have been a good option with the Mary, Susan and Burrum River fishing well. At the moment water temperatures have consistently been 26 degrees with it peaking up to 29 degrees as the ebb tide draws the warmer water from the mud flats. This warmer water has created perfect conditions for salmon and mangrove jacks.

Throughout the Burrum River there has been good amounts of bait and prawn at the top of the river. In the lower reaches of the river there have been reports of flathead, trevally and queenfish which can all be taken on a variety of baits as well as soft plastics. In the mid to upper reaches of the Burrum there have been some nice grunter caught on live baits and prawns. Soft plastics like Squidgy fish and prawn imitations are an excellent method for catching grunter when slowly hopped along the bottom. In the upper reaches of the system Mangrove Jack are being caught on a variety of hardbody and soft plastics lures. Some of the favourites have been Bombers, Tilsan Barra's and Manns 10+. In the Susan and Mary there have also been reports of the odd grunter. They seem to have moved out of the deeper water and onto the shallows so look for any shallow flats adjacent to deep water with any dirty water stains. Salmon are also scattered throughout the various rivers and creeks so concentrate on the creek mouths as they drain off. Keep your eyes peeled for any aggregations of jelly prawns as the salmon won't be far away. Small soft plastics that resemble a mullet or prawn are a good start and should be fished on a 40-50lb leader to avoid being rubbed off. There have also been some big yellow fin bream in the rivers taking prawns and strip baits. Banana prawns seem to be right up into the creeks with some of the feeder creeks producing the goods. As the tides get bigger, prawning should also get better. There have been a few mud crabs about however there's been a lot of work put in to get them. Sand crabs have also started to show up throughout the Straits.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
The weather has been perfect this week allowing for 3 trips offshore. Last Sunday on the closer grounds a dozen or so spanish mackerel were landed early, followed by a bin of mixed reefies. On Tuesday & Wednesday in ideal conditions with groups of regulars onboard we ventured further offshore as the mackerel had gone quiet. On both days we found the morning bite a bit slow but with some patience the snapper came on the bite around midday (moon above). On each day it was the plastics that got them biting, although the jigs also worked well. The float baits & paternosters worked better once they started to bite, and all got there share. Good snapper made up the bulk of the catch on both days. Other species landed were parrot, hussar, moses perch, the odd pearly, kingfish and amberjack.

Our next trip out is not till the week-end so here's hoping for the weather to hold. On the beach scene Wayne from Rainbow Beach Tackle told me there were still golden trevally being taken from Inskip Pt, but the beach has been a bit quiet. For those that like mud crab; they are starting to move through the Straits. Since I sold the Houseboat business in 2000 I don't think I've tried one, so have forgotten what they taste like. If anyone wants to swap a sandy or mud crab for fish fillets, your on, give me a call.
Well till next week Good Fishing & good Weather.Tony Stewart. 54868666.

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Monduran is singing the same tune as Awoonga with a very tough bite at present. Fishing in the timber has been quite difficult lately so more people have been concentrating on the weed and grassy banks as well as deeper water casting slick rigs. Trolling in the main basin has been quite productive with Classic lures working well with fish being caught on 3ft-20ft lures. Big B52's have been another favourite when trolling.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator www.barramadness.com.au.
Fishing at Awoonga has been very tough over the last week with lots of effort put in for minimal success. Water temps are up to 30+ degrees and the winds have been blowing a consistent 15-20 knot easterly. The best method has been slow rolling slick rigs along the bottom edge of the weed in about 16-20ft of water.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Hervey bay and Fraser island has always been known to contain numbers of the elusive bonefish and even from my own experiences of 30 years very few have ever been taken on line. There is always a new fishery to develop and explore and I was very excited when my client Peter Trevaskis from Sydney caught a neat 3.5kg specimen. He promptly followed this up by landing another 2 from 4 bites over the next two hours. All in different locations and all around the 5-8 pound mark. Much theory ,discussion and technique was spoken that night and the next day, ex HB guide Sid Boshammer caught a neat 1.5kg fish. This is (as far as I know) the first ever bonefish actually targeted and landed in Hervey Bay. More development will be focused on these great fish over the next season and hopefully a pattern will begin to emerge!
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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