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Weekly Report

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:39 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
At present, due to the wind the fishing hasn’t been that good on the island. However previous days where the wind dropped off there were catches of whiting in the last 2 hours of the incoming tide as well as at dead low in the shallow gutters. Whiting have been 30-32cm and are being caught on worms and pippies. Due to the wind, weed may start to move back onto the beach and the pippies and worms may become scarce.

Hervey Bay
Strong winds have again limited fishing activities this week with anglers having to fish the shallow reefs or protected rivers and creeks. The shallow reefs have been fishing well for grass and painted sweetlip as well as the odd coral trout. For the sweetlip, baits of prawns, hardiheads, pilchards and squid have been working well when fished unweighted or with a small sinker above the hook. Live herring have been the bait of choice for trout while pike still remain scarce. Soft plastic flickbaits and fish styles have been working well when jigged close to structure. Some of the favourites have been Gulp jerk shads, Squidgy flickbaits and wrigglers and Atomic guzzler prongs. Trolling hard body lures around the ledges and drop off’s has also been proving successful for cod and trout.
Around the 6 mile and Outer Banks there have been catches of school mackerel reported with numbers of fish improving. Live herring and yakkas have been working best, with fish also being caught on whole dead herring and pilchards. Metal spoons cranked off the bottom are also effective and also appeal to species like golden trevally. Avoid using wire as it spooks fish, opt for heavier mono or fluorocarbon leader like YGK Galis. Schoolies have a size limit of 50cm so be careful as there will be some smaller fish in the schools.

On the Urangan Pier there have been queenfish, school and spanish mackerel caught over the last week. Live herring fished unweighted or under a float have been the most productive methods. Be cautious when taking spanish mackerel as they do carry a Ciguatera risk in larger specimens. Metal spoons and soft plastic flickbaits are also effective and resemble and injured baitfish. Off the piers and rock groins as well as the top of Big Woody and Gatakers Bay there have been some nice garfish caught. The use of berley will help keep the fish in the one spot, Stimulate pre mixed berley has been working best as it is contains pheromones that trigger fish to feed. A standard gar rig consists of a spring float with a length of light line and a number 12 chemically sharpened long shank hook. The best baits are yabbies, sand worms and prawn tails. Whiting and bream are still proving to be popular targets on surface poppers around the shallow flats. Bassday sugar minnows and crystal poppers, River 2 Sea bubblepops, ecogear px45’s and Rebel pop-r’s have been the lures of choice as they mimic a panic stricken prawn. A medium to fast twitching action will see these lures skip across the surface and are irresistible to the bream and whiting. Light line of around 2-6lb will allow you to get a nice long cast with the use of braided lines further improving your results. Keep leader lengths fairly short as this allows the lure to sit properly in the water.

At the risk of repeating ourselves threadfin salmon are still being caught throughout the Mary and Susan River systems and the Straits. If you can find some prawns they’ve been working well, with herring and mullet also proving to be good live baits. Over the last week there have been some good size salmon up to 20kg spotted feeding on jelly prawns along the flats and drains. Soft plastics like Squidgy fish have been working well as they imitate a baitfish. Popular hardbody lures have been Tilsan barras, small Bombers and Classic lures. Flies that resemble a mullet, herring or prawn are also worth a try and can be sight casted. Main line of 20-30lb is recommended with a leader of 40-60lb as these fish fight quite hard and are rough on tackle.

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
Welcome to this weeks report from Rainbow Beach where things are returning to normal after a very busy Holiday season. Thankyou to all who supported us over this time and although some days were tough with low pressure and high humidity the crew worked really hard and some great fish were caught. There has been plenty of action this last week with plenty of fish landed offshore. A bonus has been the appearance of both spotty & spanish mackerel with a lot of reef sharks mixed amongst them. Last Sunday in very good conditions before the S-East change arrived the team from Brisbane with help from the Crew landed some great cod. Most of these were gold spot but some big maori cod were also caught. Other species landed this week included a few squire, pearl & moses perch, sweetlip, and mackerel. A highlight of the week was the tagging of a black marlin; these fish are not uncommon in this area. On the Beach scene the report from Wayne at Rainbow Beach Tackle & Camping says the golden trevally at Inskip continue to be caught in good numbers. Local knowledge & the right bait is needed to land these fish. Whiting and dart also continue to be caught on the surf side, although with the sou-easters beach fishing could be tough this week. Well that's it for another week and my prediction is no fishing offshore for another week as the Tasman high pressure system strengthens and lows develop in the Coral Sea.
Till next week good luck & stay safe. Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lenthall’s Dam
Small barra are still being reported from Lenthall’s on mini Bombers, Rapala x-raps and Squidgy slick rigs. The odd bass is being caught on Bassday range vibes and Squidgy spinnerbaits.

Lake Monduran and Awoonga Report: Courtesy Jason Wilhelm Charter Operator http://www.barramadness.com.au.
The fishing at Monduran has improved quite a bit with fish up to 115cm being landed on charter. Working 130mm full weight Squidgy slick rigs, Storm shads and Vibe lures in about 15-20ft has been proving successful. Concentrate of the edge of points and the drop offs.

Fishing at Awoonga has also improved with the fish being quite active and barra up to 110cm being caught on charter. The best method has been working 110mm Squidgy pro range slick rigs in about 6-10ft of water.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Haru caught 3 world record goldens on fly with me last week. It was some absolutely spectacular fishing. Here is his email to me -
Thank you for your guiding at Fraser island. It was very fun !!! and we are really enjoyed !We are all satisfied . Thank you again and we hope fishing again with you at Fraser Island! regards Haru.
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

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Pete Fry.
Evan enjoyed a great day out up along Fraser Island recently catching this beautiful golden trevally off the back of a dugong that we came across feeding on the flat. Well done Evan, top fish on light spin tackle and released to fight another day.
If you would like to book a trip with Pete just give him a ring on 0417 753 686 or visit

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