Weekly Report 2 Apr 09

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Weekly Report 2 Apr 09

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:31 am

Fishing Report
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
Towards the start of the week we had a few days where the winds eased off, allowing anglers to venture further a field. Those who took advantage of the good weather were rewarded; with good reports from the beaches and pier as well as the shallow reefs and creek systems. Along the beaches and around the rock groins there have been catches of whiting, flathead and garfish. Yabbies and worms have been the baits of choice for the whiting and also make an excellent target on surface poppers like River2Sea Bubblepops and Ecogear PX45’s. Flathead are being caught on an array of baits including; white pilchards, yabbies and live herring. Soft plastics are another productive method when targeting flathead, some of the favourites being Squidgy fish and flickbaits as well as a variety of Berkley Gulps. Garfish are being caught on small baits of prawn tail, dough, worms and yabbies when fished under a float. The use of berley will also help keep the gar in your vicinity.

The pier has again been fishing well due to the abundance of baitfish. There have been reports of golden trevally, mackerel and the odd tuna being taken on live herring; which can be jigged at the pier. The odd flathead is also showing up on live baits fished on the bottom. Don’t forget to pack a squid jig or two as there have been a few local squid found around low tide. Just a reminder, the last 220 meters of the pier will be closed to the public for 10 months due to refurbishments, however the first channel will still be accessible. Prawns are still being found throughout the Mary/Susan and Burrum systems. At the moment they have been pretty scattered so expect to do a bit of searching, however when you do find a patch they have been of good size.

For those that have managed to venture to the shallow reefs ie. The Arti, Channel Hole, Gatakers etc 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. Soft plastics like Gulp jerkshads and Squidgy flickbaits are another option and imitate and injured baitfish excellently. 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.

Good numbers of pelagics are still being found throughout the bay due to the large amounts of bait. In close around the beacons and shallow reefs, golden trevally, school and broad barred mackerel have been popular targets on live baits and metal spoons. Further up the island there have been schools of mac and longtail tuna as well as mixed schools of mackerel. Metal slugs have been the most successful method with lures in the 35-50g size being ideal when cranked back at high speed. Avoid using wire leaders as they will often spook fish, instead opt for a heavier mono or fluorocarbon leader of around 50-60lb.

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
Note I left out fishing as just like the last 2 weeks there has been no action from offshore. This week you only needed to drive up Cooloola Drive to see the Bar had 3-4 mts of swell on it, and this was bigger further down the Sunshine Coast so good luck to the surfers. It looks like more of the same over the weekend and into next week, hopefully settling down for Easter. The only Fishing Report this week comes from the straits where the golden trevally have still been active about Inskip Point. The low tides this week should be ideal , but you are best to have live bait. Campers from Inskip have told me they potted a lot of good muddies in the Pelican Bay region over the last week. Very little to report from the beach other than to say the Rocks are not good but the access ramp has stood up quite well to the large swells with minimal damage.

Thankfully a lot of timber has been cleared from the beach, although more is returning on these big swells. Sand has been pushed back on the beach access tracks so well done Council. You have to feel sorry for the 2 Council staff here who seem to spend most of there time picking up rubbish. It doesn't leave them much time for more important jobs, so PLEASE pick up your rubbish as our rates we pay can be better spent on other ways to improve our beautiful enviroment. Well next week I hope I can talk FISHING so till then keep safe.
Tony Stewart. 54868666.

Freshwater Report- Lenthall’s Dam
No Report.

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.
No Report.

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