Weekly Report 30 Apr 09

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Weekly Report 30 Apr 09

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:39 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Fishing on the island this week has been quite good due to some nice gutters and double gutters formed along the beaches. The first of the tailor have started to show up around Waddy Point, however most are only small choppers. Bream can be found around the rocks at Yidney, Poyungan, McLaughlan and Chard. If you’re after a feed of whiting; dundubara has been the spot with quality whiting and dart being caught on fresh worms and pippies.

Hervey Bay
Reports of small catches of winter whiting have started to come in as the weather cools down and they start to move up the straits. We anticipate over the next month an increase in numbers of fish, with areas around Big Woody Island and Gatakers Bay worth trying. When targeting winter whiting it’s worth carrying a variety of baits as they can be picky at times. Generally the best baits are yabbies, squid and prawns as well as Berkley Gulp worms which proved very successful last year. Just remember that the new possession limit for winter whiting is 50 per person and it will be policed. With the last 200m of the Urangan Pier closed for restoration; anglers have been confined to the first channel, however some good fish are still being caught. Live baiting has produced catches of golden trevally, mac tuna, queenfish and flathead. Around the pylons (especially at night), some nice bream have been caught using small whole herring and mullet gut. Due to the dirty water the best time to fish will be the second half of the incoming tide.

There has been significant pelagic activity in the lower bay area, at locations such as the Fairway Bouy, NU2, Outer Banks, Maringa Bombie and Arch Cliffs Six Mile. Large schools of baitfish, particularly small herring have attracted good schools of tuna, mackerel and trevally. Mack tuna and longtail tuna have been very active, particularly up towards the Fairway, and have been very easy to catch on metal slugs or spoons in the 20-40 gram size range. Jewfish and bream have been the main target off the Kingfisher Jetty over the past week with some nice fish being caught at night. The bream are falling for baits of mullet gut, whole small herring as well as a variety of soft plastics jigged near the pylons. Live baiting with pike and squid has been the most productive method for the jewies, with a few anglers targeting them on soft plastics.

The shallow reefs have been producing good numbers of grass sweetlip and painted sweetlip as well a few snapper over the last week. Although not in good numbers yet, the snapper have been of good size and are being taken on both bait and Berkley Gulp. There have also been some nice broad-barred mackerel being caught on live herring and metal spoons; avoid using wire as you will spook fish. Cod and trout have been another option using live baits as well as soft plastics. Reports are still coming in of large-mouth nannygai around Wathumba, Roonies and the Gutters. They have been a good target on baits of fresh squid and strip baits as well as Berkley Gulps. The usual pelagics are being caught as well, with mixed schools of trevally, spanish and school mackerel and cobia present. The best methods have been live baiting with garfish, yakkas and herring and spinning with metal spoons.

The Gutters have continued to fish well for coral trout, red emperor, nannygai, snapper, sweetlip and cod, with bonus mangrove jacks thrown in for those fishing tight to the coral bombies. Venus tuskfish, hussar and moses perch are also on the job for those using cut baits or squid. Some large schools of trevally are prevalent over parts of the gutter, so look for these on the sounder and avoid large shows of life off the bottom if you don’t want to tangle with them.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Thankfully the weather has improved allowing us to get offshore again so we can update you with this report. On Saturday we travelled north, only to strike the current and a north wester to 20 knots, which made for a tough day as the fish did not really bite well. A few squire were landed, moses perch, parrot and sweetlip. On Sunday closer to shore and in discoloured water the snapper came on the bite as the north wester dropped off. These fish were schooled up and were up to 7 kgs. Surprisingly most fish were landed on the bottom droppers. Along with the snapper were pearl perch, sweetlip, maori cod, moses and parrot. It is amazing how the catch rate can change in a few hrs and a lot of this is due to barometric pressure .

I have no beach report this week which has been badly eroded with the large swells over the last week or two. I don't know how authorities could leave so much timber on our beautifull beach, it is really a disgrace, for a town that survives on tourism. In the straits the crabs have been going well with sandies showing up now as well as the muddies. Golden trevally have been taken in Tin Can inlet near Carlo Island and at Inskip Pt.
Thats it for another week, good luck for the Holiday weekend.
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lenthall’s Dam
A few locals have enjoyed some good sessions on barra out at Lenthalls over recent weeks. Seems these fish are averaging about 65cm, with none over 75cm reported as yet. Poppers, fizzers, and soft plastics such as Squidgy fish, slick rigs, smaller 4 inch hollowbellies and paddle-tailed snapbacks doing the most damage. Cooler weather of late has not helped much, but persistence has paid off. The shallower twiggy parts of the lake are producing best. Reports of bass are few and far between, but a few smallish fish have been pinned by those specifically targeting them. Bait anglers fishing with shrimp caught at the dam would likely fair much better at present.

Monduran Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph 1800 228 754
Water temperatures throughout the dam have been topping around 25-26C which has seen a lot of anglers fishing the shallow bays where the warmer pockets of water are. Slow rolling soft plastics like Squidgy slick rig pros and Berkley Hollowbellies around the weed points and edges has been the most productive method during the day with the best results coming in the late afternoon. Once the sun has gone down throwing poppers and slow blooping them in the open bays has been proving successful.

Awoonga Courtesy of local Awoonga guide Rod Harrison
Stealth has been the aim of the game when targeting barra at Awoonga over the last week. The fish have been sitting right in the weed in the quiet bays so a quiet approach is needed as to not spook them. Fishing weedless Hollowbellies and Storm soft plastics has been the best option to avoid hang ups. Harro managed to boat two fish yesterday using the above methods. The stable weather over the last week has also keep water temps around 25 deg C, with the best period being just on dark.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Snapper Season about to start.
The month of may is usually the start of the snapper season with some nice fish like this 5 kilo fish caught by Mark Larsen from Tara. Mark caught this fish around midday on a berkley gulp, soft plastic fishing for snapper has dispelled many myths about snapper fishing with big fish constantly being caught through the middle of day.

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