Weekly Report 5 Feb 09

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Weekly Report 5 Feb 09

Post by Brad » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:08 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Due to the wind, reports have again been limited; however there have been some whiting, dart and bream caught north of Indian Head. The best baits have been fresh worms caught off the beach, with pippies also working well on the dart. At present there are some nice gutters along the beaches which should provide some good fishing once the wind eases.
Hervey Bay
Reports have again been limited due to the strong winds, with the sheltered beaches, shallow reefs and rivers being the best options. Shelly Beach has been the spot for a feed of summer whiting. The best baits have been live yabbies and sand worms fished on a number 6 long shank hook. On the low and incoming tide try using small surface poppers for the whiting as they cannot resist these little prawn imitations. The most successful lures have been Ecogear PX45’s, Rebele pop-r’s and River 2 Sea bubblepops. There have also been some reports of good sized garfish being caught at the rock groins and the Urangan Pier on baits of yabbie and prawn tails. The use of berley will also help keep them in the area. The Urangan Pier has been pretty quiet over the last week with the only catches reported (apart from garfish) being the odd queenfish and a few pencil squid at night. The queenies are taking live herring fished unweighted or fished under a float, metal spoons and soft plastics also being another successful method. Squid are being caught on jigs ranging from sizes 1.5-2.5 in a variety of colours.

The shallow reefs have been producing the usual reefies relative to this time of year, including: grass sweetlip, painted sweetlip, squire, cod and coral trout. Fresh and live baits have been working best with hardiheads, herring and prawns the baits of choice for the grass sweetlip and squire. Painted sweetlip (aka Blackall) are being caught on whole and strips of pencil squid as well as yabbie balls. Soft plastics are another great way to catch sweetlip and squire with a variety of colours in the Squidgy, Powerbait and Gulp working. Jig head choice is relative to the amount of current and depth of water you’re fishing, a range from 1/8 – 3/8 should cover most scenarios. Coral trout and cod have been responding well to live herring due to the scarcity of pike at present. Fish your baits close to structure like ledges and wrecks and hang on. In the shallower water trout can also be trolled up on hard bodied lures. Come in and see the boys at Tackleworld as to which lures and colours are working best.

On the Outer Banks there have been reports of Mackerel, Trevally and Painted Sweetlip. Mackerel and Trevally are being caught on live herring as well as whole pilchards. Soft plastics like 4-5inch flickbaits have also been working as well as 35gm Flasha spoons. The Painted sweetlip are mainly getting on baits of squid and yabbies, however Berkley gulps have also been catching there fair share of fish.
At the Fairway Buoy there have been catches of tea leaf and golden trevally on the days where the wind has dropped off. Baits of pilchard, herring and live baits have been producing the goods. Clear/natural coloured soft plastics have been consistently catching fish as well, with the 110mm Squidgy flickbait in pilly, gold finger and evil minnow being some of the favourites.

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 few weeks 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
No Report.

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.

Reports from local anglers that have been making the trip up to Monduran indicate that the dam has been fishing quite well over the past few weeks. Anglers have been concentrating around weed beds, drop off’s and points around creek beds; casting soft plastics like Squidgy slick rigs and Berkley hollowbelly’s. Berkley have designed a new jighead in sizes 3/8 and ½ ounce called a Nitro Backbone jighead, which is perfect for the Hollowbelly’s as they sit nicely on the plastic and feature an extra strong 8/0 Yakiba hook. A slow to medium roll is the retrieve for these plastics as they have plenty of in-built action. These plastics can also be fished weedless using a TT or Gamakatsu worm hook, providing great snag resistance allowing the lure to be cast right into the weed and twitched back. Hard body lures have also been very effective with lures in the likes of Rapala x-rap 10 and 12’s, Rapala x-rap jointed shads, Arafura Barras in the 120 shallow and Classic Barras producing results.

This time last year the back reaches of the dam in the heavily timbered sections fished well, if this is any indication to this year it might be worth a look. Switched on anglers have been trying different lures as fish can become accustomed to a certain type of lure, especially in impoundments. The standout lures over the past week have been the new Oarsome lures from the Oar-gee range. These tough Aussie made lures come in 3 depths and various colours which allow anglers to fish all types of depths and scenarios. For casting the bright green and mullet type colours have been working best; when trolling opt for something brighter like purple or Qantas colours. The action of these lures is quite wide and has a fair amount of body roll which the barra can’t resist.

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.
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

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Pete Fry.
No Report. If you would like to book a trip with Pete just give him a ring on 0417 753 686 or visit http://www.petesflyfishing.com.au

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