Weekly Report 5 Mar 09

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Weekly Report 5 Mar 09

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:06 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
This week there have been a few reports of whiting in the gutter between Poyungan and Eurong as well as the back of Waddy Point. Fresh sand worms have been the baits of choice.

Hervey Bay
Due to the good weather over the past week anglers have been able to venture further a field, with good reports coming from the bay and straits as well as Roonies and the gutters. The water around the Mary and Susan River systems is starting to clear up nicely which has improved fishing conditions, with a few prawns also starting to show up. Down the straits some nice mangrove jack are being caught on live mullet, herring and prawns with dead baits of hardyheads also working well when fished close to snags. These fish are dirty fighters and will try there hardest to bury you in the timber in no time at all. Fishing heavier leaders will maximize your chances of dragging a jack out of his snag, with leaders ranging from 40-60lb being ideal. A variety of lures also work including hard body lures like Bombers, Tilsan barras, Predatek spoonbills and Classic minis; and soft plastic fish and prawn styles.

On the shallow reefs there have been good catches of grass and painted sweetlip, the odd snapper and plenty of cod. A few coral trout have also been reported on live pike; which have shown up in good numbers on the usual bait grounds. Soft plastics have also been working well with lures in the 4-6inch range producing results. Lures of choice have been Berkley gulp jerkshads, Berkley powerbaits and Squidgy flickbaits rigged on the appropriate jigheads for the depth/current etc. At present there have been large amounts of bait throughout the bay, which have seen good schools of golden trevally and queenfish and have provided good sport on soft plastic and metal lures. Further up the island there are mixed schools of mac and longtail tuna which are responding well to small metal slugs like Lazers and Raiders as well as soft plastic baitfish imitations. There have also been some smaller schools of spotted mackerel in the area which are also taking metal slugs readily. The use of a quality spinning reel with a hi speed ratio and spooled with 20-30lb line is ideal for these presentations with a leader of around 50lb. Try and use a bit of stealth when approaching schools of surface feeding fish to avoid spooking them.

Roonies has been fishing well for catches of scarlets, grass sweetlip, painted sweetlip, the odd snapper and red emperor. Live pike, yakkas and herring have been working well, with dead baits also producing fish. There have been good numbers of yakkas which have proved excellent baits both live and butterflied. Good numbers of squid can also be found at the moment which make great live or strip baits. School and spanish mackerel continue to be caught in good numbers on both live and dead baits as well as metal lures worked at high speed. We’ve also had reports of yellowtail kingfish in the area ranging in size from little rats up to absolute bruisers. Jason, Steve and Wayne from Tackleworld Hervey Bay headed up to the gutters on Wednesday and were rewarded with coral trout up to 6kg, grass sweetlip, cod and a 12kg red emperor bagged by Steveo. Other anglers have reported catches of scarlets, spangled emperor, mangrove jack and the odd snapper. Live and dead pike have been the baits of choice with yakkas, pillies and squid also being popular baits. Big soft plastics like Gulp 7inch jerkshads and 6inch grubs have been effective when fished on heavy jigheads close to structure with a slow hopping retrieve. Shimano lucanus jigs have been another lure catching some nice trout when used with a slow wind and minimal twitching of the rod tip. Spanish mackerel are also taking live and dead fish baits as well as metal spoons and jigs worked with a fast retrieve. REMINDER: The new size and bag limit restrictions for Qld come into force 1st March. There are a significant number of changes in this legislation, so please ensure you are aware of the new rules. For a guide to the new regulations, drop in to Tackle World for a copy (whilst limited stocks last), or alternatively visit our website http://www.tackleworldhb.com.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Again the weather has been mixed over the last week with the winds easing last Sunday to allow a group from Caloundra to enjoy a good day offshore. Early morning again produced plenty of action on the mackeral with both spotty & spanish landed on the close reefs. Then it was to the wider grounds where a couple of bins of reef fish were landed. The main species were moses perch, red emperor, squire, parrot & hussar with long tail tuna. This weeks weather has been perfect so here's hoping it holds into the weekend. On the beach scene Wayne from Rainbow Beach Tackle tells me the golden trevally are still about Inskip Pt with dart and whiting in the surf. Mud crabs continue to be potted in the creeks. If you intend travelling the Beach extreme caution is needed on these Neap tides ( little variation) and some rocks are exposed.

To all those that donated to the Victorian Bushfire appeal through our collection tin at Rainbow Beach Pies & Cakes opposite the New Pub a big thankyou .The tin was counted Tuesday at the Bank of Qld after I got back from Victoria and the total was $296.95. We also promised 50c from every loaf of bread sold that week(Retail) so we also donated $350.00 for a total of $647.00. Lets hope that devastation is never witnessed again.
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lenthall’s Dam
No Report. If anyone has any reports we are looking for a regular contributor.

Monduran Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph 1800 228 754
This past week has seen a really good bite early morning and after dark; with fish being caught in the south arm of B Bay casting lures and on the troll in the main basin. At present the barra have been feeding against the weed, so the best tactic has been to position the boat 40-50ft away from the weed edges and cast to them and work the lure back. Squidgy slick rigs in the lorikeet and drop bear colours have been working well, with the various colours in the Berkley hollowbellies producing results. The retrieve is fairly basic with just a slow wind involved as these lures have a fair amount of in built action with a nice roll and strong paddle of the tail.

To further enhance the action of your slick rigs you can trim a small section off the tail wrist of the tail, which will give the tail a stronger swimming action when wound at slow speeds. Casting shallow diving lures like Reidy’s B52’s and Bombers to the weed edges has also proved successful with a similar retrieve. Trolling hard body lures like RMG scorpions and Classic Barras and Classic Pro Ranges in the gold dazzler colour has also produced the odd barra in the main basin. Use your sounder to locate any drop offs; bait schools and thermoclines to help find congregations of fish.

Awoonga Courtesy Johnny Mitchell of Lake Awoonga Guided Barra Fishing Charters http://www.fishawoonga.com.au
Conditions have been quite good over the last 4 days at Awoonga will near glass out conditions and water temperatures working there way back up to around 30C. Early morning and late afternoon have seen the best bite periods with fish readily taking surface lures. Johnny’s been working surface poppers and fizzers like Rapala x walks, Tango Dancers and Tango Props over the top of the weed until the sun gets to high. As the day progresses try casting soft plastics like Berkley mullets and hollowbellies along the fluttered weed edges with a slow roll. Since the rain a few weeks ago the weed has been growing quite rapidly; so rigging your plastics as light as possible to minimize hangs ups on the weed has been the go. Clients on Johnny’s charters have been averaging fish between 85-100cm with a 109cm being landed in the last few days; using the above techniques. Punter’s have been picking up the odd fish on the troll with a group picking up 6 fish in a week, the biggest being 114cm.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Long TailMarch is generally the better month for longtails in the bay with some good schools feeding around the bay now, this one was caught by Brisbane angler Randall and was one of 3 fish taken that day. More tuna were free swimming around the boat while we were fighting this fish.Spotty mackeral and other trevally species were also caught by the guys on plastics.

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