Weekly Report 16 Jan 09

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Weekly Report 16 Jan 09

Post by Brad » Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:10 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
The only reports this week have come from Waddy Point where they’re getting a few whiting at low tide on pippies and worms as well as some dart and flathead.

Hervey Bay
Over the last week strong winds have again seen anglers staying close to shore or venturing down the rivers and creeks. The next day or so should see the winds dying down but then picking up by Saturday afternoon. For those wishing to venture to Gatakers Bay, the pay ramp is closed due to the construction of the new public ramp however the old public ramp is still accessible at high tide. Queenfish are being caught on the Urangan Pier on live herring fished under a float or unweighted. Soft plastics like 4 inch Berkley Powerbaits and 5 inch Snapbacks have also been working well when rigged on a 3/8 jighead and resemble and injured baitfish. Metal spoons like 35gm Flashas are also effective when targeting Queenies. Pencil squid are continuing to be caught on the pier at night around the light posts. Yoshikawa and Razorback jigs have been producing the goods in sizes 1.5-2.5. To spice up your squid jig try spraying on an attractant like Stimulate Ultrabite. There are still some nice summer whiting being caught throughout the Straits and the lower reaches of the Susan and Mary River. Live bloodworms, yabbies and prawns are proving to be the best baits when fished on a standard whiting rig with a small ball sinker. The addition of a small piece of red tube or a red bead above the hook will act as an additional attractant and should improve your results. Small surface poppers and soft plastics are also working well on the shallow banks fishing in about 1-3 foot of water. Light line between 4-6lb is ideal and can be fished with a slightly heavier leader of around 10lb. The use of a short, slightly heavier leader whilst popper fishing will allow the lure to sit in the water correctly and also provide some abrasion resistance incase you hook a flathead. Come in and see the boys at Tackleworld as to which soft plastics and poppers are suitable for whiting.

Over the past week there have been excellent reports of painted sweetlip on the shallow reefs early morning and night. The best baits have been whole small pencil squid and balls of yabbies. The best way to present these baits is to use no or minimal lead above the hook and slowly drift the baits down. Avoid using berley as this will often result in happy moments and toads showing up on the spot in plague numbers. Coral bream are also being caught on hardyheads and frogmouth pillies. Soft plastics like 4-5inch Berkley Powerbaits, Gulps and Squidgy flickbaits also work well. This time of year is also a prime time to target cod and coral trout on the shallow reefs as they become more active. Live baits like pike and herring are ideal however livies are a bit scarce at the moment. Trolling hard bodied lures along the drop offs as well as drifting with soft plastics will also produce fish. Bream can be found throughout the Mary and Susan River using a variety of baits and lures. Live yabbies, strips of herring and mullet and fowl gut are all popular baits and can be fished on small suicide and baitholder hooks. Small soft plastics like Atomic prongs and 3 inch flickbaits work well when rigged on resin heads or light lead heads. Small poppers can also be used around the flats and throughout the creeks with a slow twitching retrieve. Threadfin salmon are stretching from the lower reaches of the Susan and Mary River up to Dundathu. Live prawns and mullet are still proving to be the best baits as the salmon can often be seen smashing them on the flats or around the creek drain mouths. Soft plastics, hard bodied lures and flies are another productive method of catching threadies. Come in and see the boys at Tackleworld as to which lures have been working best. Salmon can be quite hard on fishing tackle due to there fast runs and airborne tactics so check all of your knots and terminal tackle. Running a leader of around 40-50lb will also help avoid being rubbed off. School mackerel are being caught around the 6 mile on live herring, whole pilchards and 35gm metal spoons. Try avoid using multi strand wire leaders as they seem to spook fish, a mono or fluorocarbon leader of 50-60lb should suffice. If you are regularly getting bitten off opt for a small length on single strand wire as it is a lot thinner and less visible. Spotted mackerel are being caught in good numbers anywhere between a few kilometers north of Arch Cliffs and Roonies Point. Metal slugs like 40gm Quarterbacks and 50gm Lazers have been the lures of choice. At times the spotties can spook easily so a bit of stealth when approaching the schools should improve your results.

Game Report courtesy of members of the Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club
Due to the strong winds reports have been very scarce with only one report of a 150kg black marlin being tagged whilst fishing over the bar in 90m of water. As the wind drops off catches of black marlin should continue as there are still good numbers in the area. There have also been some big dolphin fish which are taking trolled skirted lures.

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

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
See Below.

Lake Awoonga Report : Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator http://www.barramadness.com.au.
Due to the howling winds fishing has been quite tough at both Monduran and Awoonga. The only method that seems to be producing fish at present is vertically jigging 130mm Squidgy slick rigs and Jackall’s in about 20ft. The troller’s are picking up the odd fish on Classic 15+ however they are putting in the hard yards to see minimal results.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Tom Young from Brisbane took 55 minutes to land this 30kg Giant trevally on a Daiwa certate 3500 reel and 20 pound braid. The fish hung deep in 20 meters of water for most of the fight and was released unharmed. 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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