Weekly Report 10 Dec 08

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Weekly Report 10 Dec 08

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:08 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
With the big tides over the next few days due to the full moon, it should be a good chance to target summer whiting as well as fish the shallow reefs. Over the last week reports have been pretty limited due to the northerly winds, however we are still getting some good reports from the rivers and a few. Water temperatures throughout the bay have been averaging 27 degrees with some of the rivers and creeks reading 28-29 degrees. On the Urangan Pier there seems to be good numbers of pencil squid at the moment. The most popular jigs have been size two in either pink or orange in the Jarvis Walker and Razorback jigs. It also pays to have a look at some of the better quality Japanese squid jigs like the Yamashita's and Yoshikawa jigs. The jigs have a lot more realistic look and feel to them and have better weighting systems to allow a more natural sink.

Summer whiting should be a good target with the big tides so fishing the first channel of the pier is an option. The dirtier water from the northerly winds should also see them feeding close to the shore so spots like the Torquay rocks, rock groins and the mouth of Eli Creek would also be worth a try. Throughout the Straits there should also be some good whiting around at the moment and can be taken on live yabbies or worms. Light line is the key as it lets you detect every tap and bite and sometimes even a fluorocarbon leader will increase your chances if the fish are a bit finicky. Around the creek mouths flathead will be another good target as the tide drains. Try fishing around any sandy drop offs or areas with patchy rocks as the flatties will be lying there trying to ambush their prey. Soft plastics are probably the best method with most styles and shapes working. Fish and shad style plastics are popular because of there large profile and paddle tails which cause plenty of vibration when bounced along the sandy bottom. Squidgy fish in killer tomato and drop bear are a good start as well as Bozo mullets and can be rigged on ¼-3/8 jigheads depending on water depth and terrain. Fluorocarbon leaders will also help especially if fishing around rocks as it provides good abrasion resistance as well as being invisible under water. Hard bodied lures also account for there fair share of flathead with some of the favourites being Mann's Stretch 10+, Classic minis and Rapala x-raps.

Throughout the Susan and adjoining rivers there have been reports of yellowfin bream, grunter, threadfin salmon and the occasional jewfish. The bream and grunter are responding well to prawns and prawn imitation soft plastics. Atomic guzzler prongs have been producing the goods as well as a variety of Squidgies. Salmon are being caught on live prawns and mullet around the drains and shallower banks. Casting soft plastics and hard bodied lures that resemble a mullet or prawn has also been effective. Squidgy fish, Snapbacks, Gulps and Ecogear BTS shads have been the plastics of choice when rigged on light jigheads. Bombers, Classics, Tilsans and Rapala x-raps have also producing fish. Beef your leader up to around 40-50lb to avoid being rubbed off as these fish are very powerful and run quite fast. Jewies are being caught on a variety of live baits as well as larger soft plastics in the 80-100mm size. There should also be some mud crabs and prawns around so it’d be worth throwing in a pot and packing the cast net.

On the shallow reefs there have been catches of painted sweetlip at night using squid and multiple yabbies threaded on a hook to create a yabbie ball. Grass sweetlip are being caught in good numbers around the arti and channel hole, mainly on prawns and fresh hardiheads. There are still plenty of cod also being caught with the beth method being live bait fished close to structure. When live baiting for cod, run a larger leader of around 50-60lb to avoid being bricked. Up the top of the Island in the Platypus Bay area there should still be schools of spotted mackerel and mac tuna. The best lures for spotties have been Quarterbacks and 50gm Lazers. The tuna are feeding on smaller baitfish so metal slugs in the 15-30gm range have been working best. Soft plastics like Snapbacks can also be twitched on the edges of the bait schools to great success and are quite tear resistant.

Good news for anglers that fish the Southern Gutters as the December coral reef fin fish has been cancelled. This is the time of year to start fishing the Southern Gutter for those with bigger boats. Live baiting is probably the most effective method for fishing the gutters with the prime baits being pike when available, yakkas and herring. You can expect to catch coral trout, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor and the odd red emperor. Jigging big soft plastics on large jigheads of an ounce or higher also produces great results. Berkley gulps in 7 inch jerk shads and 6 inch grubs and Squidgy 145mm flickbaits will be very popular this season. Suitable gear to jig these larger plastics will include a quality spinning reel spooled with 30-50lb braid and a graphite rod around the 6-12kg rating. Fluorocarbon leaders will be ideal as they are invisible underwater and provide great abrasion resistance, carry a range from 40-80lb.

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

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Monduran once again is quiet with minimal reports over the last week. Most fish reported have been caught on the troll in the main basin using lures like Classics with only a few being caught in the timber.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator www.barramadness.com.au.
Again Awoonga is fishing tough with very few reports from fellow anglers. Jas managed to guide a client onto 2 barra from 6 hooked. These fish were landed on the Squidgy pro range slick rigs. At present there is no real pattern for catching fish as the weed beds are collapsing quite fast which is seeing the fish constantly relocating.Â



Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark Bargy Bargenquast.
Peter Trevaskis, went from catching bonefish one day to landing this beautiful 30kg Black Marlin on 12 pound braid. This was the 3rd bite for the day and the fish was hooked from a pod of four fish after the first pulled the hooks. They were concentrated around a very small area holding a big bait ball. It took Peter 40 minutes to bring the fish to the boat on the light spin gear. a top effort for Pete. We radioed another guide boat nearby Pete Fry to join us and his angler Nick Young from Brisbane hooked and released an estimated 180 pound fish on 30 pound saltiga spin tackle. A top effort!
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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