Weekly Report 1 Jan 09

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Weekly Report 1 Jan 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:09 am

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Due to the large amounts of weed along the beaches there have been no reports over the last week however anglers should try the western beaches for whiting, bream and flathead.

Hervey Bay
On the Urangan Pier there are still some pencil squid being caught at night however anglers are having to put in the hard yards. The best jigs for the job have been the new Yoshikawa range of squid jigs with most colours in the 1.5 and 2.5 size working well. To spice up your squid jigs try spraying them with an attractant like Stimula Ultrabite which is a pheromone based spray that also gives a clear fleck. Quality summer whiting are being caught throughout the Sandy Straits, the lower reaches of the Susan and Mary River and the banks adjacent to River Heads. These fish have been caught in good numbers on live yabbies and worms. The best rig has been a small ball sinker above a swivel, attached to a short length of leader with a piece of red tube and a number 6 long shank hook. Light line around the 4-8lb mark is ideal as you feel more of the bites and is less visible underwater if the fish are a bit spookish. Small whiting poppers are also continuing to catch good sized whiting over the shallow banks. Keep the retrieve at a medium to fast pace as this makes the lure act like a fleeing prawn which the whiting can’t resist. Another handy hint when throwing poppers for whiting is to shorten your leader length in order for the popper to sit correctly in the water.

Over the last two weeks there have been plague proportions of big green sea toads throughout the Straits, River Heads, Mary and Susan River. This has made fishing quite difficult due to bite offs. As the toads start to thin out you can expect to catch threadfin salmon in the Mary and Susan river on live baits. At the moment the best method has been fishing live prawns around the creek mouths and drains as this is where the salmon will be found hunting jelly prawns. Soft plastic prawn and mullet imitations like Berkley rattlin shrimp, Atomic guzzlerz prongs, Squidgy fish and Bozo mullets are ideal in the smaller sizes as they resemble the food the salmon are feeding on. Small hard body lures like Classic minis, Tilsan barras, mini Bombers and Mann’s stretch 5+ are also ideal. Suitable tackle is braided line of around 20-30lb with a 50-60lb fluorocarbon leader to ensure you don’t get rubbed off. On the shallow reefs there have been catches of painted sweetlip (aka Blackall) 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, white and frogmouth pilchards. There are still plenty of cod also being caught with the best 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. Good sized spotties are still being caught around Roonies on metal slugs. The best lures have been 40gm Quarterbacks and 50gm silver Lazers. Main line of around 20-25lb should suffice however beef up your leader to around 50-60lb to avoid being bitten off. Wire leader isn’t really an option as it spooks to many fish and with the mackerel being quite skittish at the moment it could prove to be a difficult bite. This is the time of year to start fishing the Southern and Northern 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. At the moment live baits are quite scarce with anglers having to resort to dead baits. There have been reports of good coral trout, red emperor, painted sweetlip and moses perch. Soft plastics are another deadly method at the gutters with the 7 inch Gulps in a variety of colours being the pick of the bunch. Tidal run can make it difficult at times to reach the bottom so keep a range of jigheads from ½ ounce to 1 ½ ounce. Suitable tackle is 30-50lb braid with leaders ranging from 40-80lb.

Game Report courtesy of members of the Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club
At the moment there are plenty of spanish mackerel being caught around the Wathumba area on Qantas coloured Halco laser pro’s. Spanish mackerel are a great sport fish, however carry a high ciguatera risk and should not be eaten at any time. There have also been reports of school mackerel and queenfish on laser pro’s and Reidy’s lures. Tuna schools have been quite skittish with the fish going deep when you get within 50 meters of them. Outside, sailfish over 50kg are being caught on skirts and trolled garfish.

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

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
No Report

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

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Some great longtail tuna have been active around the spotted mackerel schools in the bay but when they can be sight fished on the flats in a meter of water it’s world class fishing. They eat everything from flies to soft plastics, this is Neil Shepherd from Sydney with one of three landed from six hookups on fly tackle. If you would like to book a trip with Bargy just give him a ring on 0427 230 261 or visit http://www.fraserguidedfishing.com.au

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