Weekly Report 12 Mar 09

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Weekly Report 12 Mar 09

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:48 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
No Report - Fraser Island Evacuated.

Hervey Bay
Due to the extreme weather of ex tropical cyclone Hamish reports have been very limited as anglers have been confined to the creeks or their armchairs. Strong winds have been consistently blowing over the last week which has made fishing the inshore reefs, Roonies and the gutters impossible.

The prawn season has kicked off nicely with numerous reports coming from the local river and creek systems; this should also further improve with the approaching new moon. We have also seen a good crab run over the past week, with mullet being the gun crab pot bait. Since we didn’t receive much rain this past week, the creeks have been quite fishable around the top of the tide and the first few hours of the run out. There are still threadfin salmon to be caught throughout the Mary and Susan River systems and the Straits. Live prawns and mullet have been the baits of choice, with small prawn imitation soft plastics and hard body baitfish imitations also working well. A few grunter have also been reported using yabbies, prawns and strips of herring. Around the lower reaches of the creeks and down the Straits there have been some quality whiting being taken on bloodworms and yabbies with the odd flathead showing itself. This time of year bream will also start to become more active and over the next month we should start so see them moving towards the lower reaches of the creeks to spawn. Over the cooler months bream will be an excellent target on soft plastics, hard body lures and vibes and are great fun on light gear.

Throughout the Burrum system and the Straits some nice mangrove jack are being caught on live mullet, herring and prawns with dead baits of hardyheads also working well. These fish are very strong and dirty fighters and will certainly test your gear. Jacks are also a popular target on lures so come in and see the boys at Tackleworld Hervey Bay to see what’s been working. Reports of pencil squid around the bay have come to a crawl with only a few being caught at night. There have been a few local squid around the shallow rocky/reef areas as well as around the Roonies area. When looking for squid a few of the key things to keep an eye out for are shallow rocky areas, clean water and congregations of bait. As the weather improves we anticipate the local reefs should continue to produce mixed bags of cod, trout, small snapper, grass sweetlip and painted sweetlip. Live pike will be the bait of choice for cod and trout, with baits of prawn, squid, pillies and strips or whole baitfish working for the snapper and sweetlip. Soft plastics will also be worth a try with a variety of lures from Squidgy and Berkley proving successful on these species.

The last few weeks there have been large quantities of bait throughout the bay with lots of small herring about as well as hardyheads and pike. This has seen good numbers of pelagics including longtail and mac tuna, queenfish, yellowtail kingfish, golden trevally, school and spanish mackerel. Live baits can be fished to great success as well as spinning with small metal slugs and spoons. Try to avoid using metal traces as they will spook fish, with the exception of spanish mackerel which usually require a small length of single strand wire to avoid bite offs. Roonies should continue to fish 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. 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.

Before the inclement weather anglers reported catches of coral trout, red emperor, cod, grass sweetlip, scarlets, spangled emperor, mangrove jack and the odd snapper at the Gutters. 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
No Report - Rough Conditions.

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
No Report.

Awoonga Courtesy Johnny Mitchell of Lake Awoonga Guided Barra Fishing Charters http://www.fishawoonga.com.au
No Report.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Neil Shepherd came from sydney for a week of flyfishing and after catching queenfish, golden trevally, mac tuna and spotty mackeral we had a unbelievable session on longtail tuna on the flats. This day Neil caught 10 longtails and finished the session sight casting this estimated 25kg plus fish on a 12 weight outfit and a 2/0 white clouser. Nice fish!

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