Weekly Report 23 Jan 09

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Weekly Report 23 Jan 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:39 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Along the beaches there have been good catches of dart on worms and pippies. Over the last two days there have been good quality summer whiting around 32-34cm caught at low tide in the shallow gutters. There have also been some big pippies along the beach.
Hervey Bay
Over the past week the shallow reefs have been producing some nice grass sweetlip, painted sweetlip, cod and the occasional coral trout. Grass sweetlip are mainly being taken on prawns, hardiheads and white pilchards fished with a small ball sinker above the hook and drifted down. Small whole pencil squid and yabbies have been working well for painted sweetlip (aka blackall) during the early hours of the morning and night. Live bait and trolled hardbody lures have been the most popular method for trout on the shallow reefs. Soft plastics are another productive method with a variety of fish and jerkshad style plastics working well, drop in and see the boys at Tackleworld as to which lures are working best. School mackerel are being caught on the artificial reef, outer banks and the beacons at the top of Big Woodie Island. Live herring and whole ganged pilchards have been working best for bait. Metal spoons like 35-50g Flasha’s have also been working well when cranked off the bottom at high speed. Try to avoid using wire traces as they will spook fish, opt for a 50-60lb fluorocarbon leader as it is 99% invisible and more abrasion resistant than normal mono. There are some smaller mackerel mixed in the schools so remember that school mackerel have a size limit of 50cm.

Pencil squid are continuing to be caught on the pier at night around the light posts. Small squid jigs between 1.5-2.5 are ideal in pink, orange and green colours. Throughout the Straits around the rocky outcrops and some of the deeper channels you will also pick up some quality squid. 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. Working small surface poppers around the mangroves and shallow flats this time of year is a great method for catching summer whiting and bream. These tiny poppers resemble a panic stricken prawn and are irresistible to whiting and bream. Light leaders of around 4-7lb fluorocarbon and stealth are the key when fishing in water only a foot or two deep. River 2 Sea bubblepops, Rebel pop-r’s and Ecogear PX45’s are the pick of the bunch as they are fairly small and clear. Small diving lures like Ecogear SX40’s also work well on the shallow flats and around weed beds as they look like a small baitfish or yabbie. If the bream are schooled up in deeper water try using metal vibe lures like Stiffy devilfish vibes. These lures can be worked with a slow roll or a lift and drop action to great effect. Spotted mackerel are still being caught around the Roonies area on metal slugs cranked through the schools. The most successful lures have been 40gm Quarterbacks, 35gm raiders and snipers and 50gm Lazers. As with school mackerel avoid using wire leaders and opt for a heavier mono or fluorocarbon leader. This time of year we also start to see our run of spanish mackerel. Around the Wathumba area there has been school size Spanish around the 6-8kg mark. Live herring and yakkas are ideal baits, however metal spoons like Flasha’s and trolled hardbody lures like Halco laser pro’s and Rapala CD9’s and CD11’s work a treat. Bigger spanish mackerel will also start to move into the usual areas like the Arti, 6 Mile and the Outer Banks. These fish are great sport however it is not advised to eat any spanish mackerel caught in the bay due to Ciguatera toxin and there is a no take limit between Coongul and Roonies east of the line.

Game Report courtesy of members of the Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Club
No Report due to rough conditions.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
There has been plenty of wind on the coast since last Saturday night although we are now back in full swing as conditions have moderated.The weather looks good through till Sunday although a little rain is possible over the next few days which will be very welcome for most of us.

Only a couple of days out since last weeks report, but unfortunately one of those was cut very short due to an illness onboard. On Saturday in good conditions a respectable catch of Reef fish were landed. These included snapper, maori and gold spot cod, pearl & moses perch, hussar, parrot and scarlet sea perch. Late in the day plenty of reef sharks were landed to create mayhem. When they show up the mackerel are normally not far behind so lets hope they are here soon as they create great sport. On the beach scene this week we can report the rocks are still passable, but at the Double Island Point end the timber is very BAD, so the freshwater track is the only option to travel south. The golden trevally have continued to be caught at Inskip Point with plenty of dart along the beaches. Mangrove jack continue to be caught in most of the creeks and there have been some big bust offs as well.
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lenthall’s Dam
Over the last week there have been good reports of barra at Lenthalls’s. Most of the fish are undersize, however there have been good numbers and provide good sport on light tackle. Popular lures have been Squidgy slick rigs in 80-100mm, Bozo mullets, Predatek spoonbills, small bombers and Rapala X-raps. At present there haven’t been good numbers of bass caught however there is still the odd one between the barra.

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.
No Report. 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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