Weekly Report 19 Mar 09

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Weekly Report 19 Mar 09

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:59 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
No Report - Rough Conditions and Parts of the Beach are still closed off.

Hervey Bay
The beginning of this week saw light SE winds which made conditions very fishable both inside and out wide. As the week has progressed we’ve seen the SE start to pick up a bit with winds of 20/25 knots predicted. Gatakers Bay and up the river will be the best options as they provide shelter from these stronger winds. Prawns are still being found in good numbers and sizes throughout the Mary/Susan and Burrum systems. Throughout the Burrum the water is still a bit fresh, however in the Mary/Susan it seems to be dissipating quite nicely. In the lower reaches of the Burrum and the western creeks of Fraser Island, there has also been some nice mangrove jack reported. Jacks can be caught on live prawns, mullet or herring and dead baits of hardiheads, herring and butterflied mullet. Baitfish imitation hardbody lures like Bombers, Tilsan Barras and Classics are also effective when cast around likely structure.

On the shallow reefs the usual species are being caught relative to this time of year, including; painted sweetlip, grass sweetlip, cod, the odd trout and some small snapper. Fresh bait has been the key with good numbers of herring and pike on the various bait grounds throughout the bay. Regular customer Ollie reported some nice cod, sweetlip and small snapper taken over the last week around Gatakers Bay. Local squid can be found around shallow rocky outcrops this time of year as well as the odd one at the pier. When searching for squid look for areas that have clear water and hold good numbers of baitfish. Larger squid jigs can be employed when targeting localies with jigs in the 2.5-3 size proving successful. Due to the large amounts of bait found throughout the bay there have been good numbers of pelagics around with a variety of species present. Around the beacons there have been reports of golden trevally and school mackerel with some broad-barred mackerel also being caught around the shallow reefs. At the fairway buoy there have been small yellowtail kingfish and mixed bags of trevally which provide an excellent fight. Platypus Bay and Roonies has seen good schools of longtail and mac tuna which have been responding well to 35-50g metal slugs.

As the weather improves Roonies should continue to fish well for catches of large mouth nannygai, 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. Earlier in the week the gutters was fishing well for coral trout, red emperor, cod, grass sweetlip, scarlets, spangled emperor and the odd snapper. Live and dead pike have been the baits of choice with yakkas, pillies and squid also being popular baits. 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
Well another week has gone and here we are still on the average , for this time of year with one trip per week if your lucky. Some operators close up over the summer season and its not hard to see why with the weather you usually get. At Rainbow Beach, we try to satisfy the tourists that come here to fish & have a good time over the warmer months and its unfortunate that a lot don't get to go due to the weather. After the debarcle of Cyclone Hamish last week the town is just starting to recover with backpackers and a few tourists moving in. I would hate to think what last week cost the community, but it would have been in the hundreds of thousands, with one company alone being $40,000 down. I bet the decision making beaurocrats got there pay.

After last weeks blow the fishing was very good on the offshore reefs. Closer to shore it was a bit stirred for a few days and a bit more patience was required if you were after the mackerel. It was amazing how quickly the swell dropped off after the blow. The main species landed last Sunday in ideal conditions were snapper, spangled emperor , maori cod, hussar, grass sweetlip, moses & pearl perch, cobia and a couple of red emperor. On the beach scene I have heard the golden trevally are still being landed at Inskip but you will need that live bait. Well again the beach has been hammered by the swell and Mudlo Rocks are very exposed so Easter travel could be very interesting again. It is amazing how quickly the sand does return with the right conditions so lets hope for this to happen.
Tony Stewart

Freshwater Report-Lenthall’s Dam
It seems the kayaking and canoeing craze has hit Lenthalls, with quite a few reports coming from happy anglers catching great bass to 45cm and small rat barra to 60-65cm most fish have hit the surface poppers, some bass taken on spinnerbaits and bibless minnows. It's great to see the dam now recovering, with the water clarity improving as the weeks move on. Take care on the road into the boat ramp and picnic area as recent rains have again corrugated the gravel.

Monduran Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph 1800 228 754
Anglers have been seeing results this week from the southern and northern arm of B Bay. Casting Squidgy slick rigs and Berkley hollowbellies around the shallow bays and weed edges has been the most productive tactic. The best retrieve for these lures is a constant slow wind, as their tails have plenty of in-built action. The best bites have been early morning and late afternoon, with the bite going quiet when the moon is up. The odd fish is being caught on the troll in Bird Bay using Predatek vipers and Classic pro lures.

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.
No Report.

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