Weekly Report 4 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 4 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:03 pm

The last week has been pretty quiet on the island with only dart being reported, however we anticipate with the good weather fishing should improve. As the weather cools down over the next few weeks and the whales start making there way here we should also start to see the tailor run. Whole pilchards will be the bait of choice as well as metal spoons and slugs.

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Over the last week there have mixed catches throughout the rivers and creeks with whiting, bream, flathead, grunter and a few small jewfish being caught. Yabbies have been working well on the whiting, with bream and grunter also responding well to them. Fresh strips of mullet and herring will also produce good results on the bream and grunter as well as small soft plastic prawn and baitfish imitations. Flathead are being targeted on live mullet and herring, however soft plastics have been producing better results as you can cover a lot more ground. The better quality jewfish are being caught at night but are still being caught during the day, using live pike/mullet/herring and whole squid. Soft plastics can also be used to great effect on jew with some of the most productive plastics being 3-6 inch fish or shad styles and 5-7inch jerkshads. Despite the cooler weather there have still been some nice mud crabs caught with fresh mullet being the best bait.

The pier has being producing the usual species relative to this time of year. At night, some nice bream are being caught close to the pylons using gut, mullet strips and whole small herring. During the day whiting are being caught on yabbies and worms as well as flathead and golden trevally on live pike and herring. Winter whiting are being caught at the bottom of Big Woody and Toogoom; at the moment the schools are relatively small and spread out so you may need to work a bit harder for them. Carry a variety of baits as the whiting can be picky at times; squid, worms, yabbies and prawns all work well. Again, the Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been producing excellent results in most colours and stay on the hook quite well. A reminder; that winter whiting now have a possession limit of 50 per person which is being policed.

The Artificial Reef has been producing catches of small to mid sized snapper, good numbers of cod as well as the odd cobia. Live bait fished around the structure has been the undoing of the cod, with the odd trout still being picked up. Whole garfish and live herring have been working well on the cobia and have also produced catches of spanish mackerel. Whole baits of pilchard, pike, squid and yakkas have been the baits of choice for snapper, with the better specimens being targeted on soft plastics. Out at the fairway buoy there have been good reports of mixed schools of trevally; including tea leaf, giant and golden trevally as well as school mackerel. Live bait has been the go, with good results also coming from metal spoons and soft plastics. If you’re giving soft plastics a go, it’s pretty hard to go past a flickbait/jerkshad as they imitate a wounded baitfish which the trevally find irresistible. Some of the lures that have been working best are Squidgy flickbaits, Berkley Powerbaits, Snapbacks and Slam’s.

Snapper are starting to show up around the Wathumba area and the 25 Fathom Hole with numbers anticipated to increase over the next few weeks. There have also been large numbers of trevally which can be a menace at times when fishing for snapper. Around Rooney’s big scarlets are continuing to be caught on squid with snapper also being caught on yakkas, pilchards and soft plastics. The Gutters have been fishing well for some better than average red emperor, coral trout, grass sweetlip, snapper and scarlets with live bait bearing the best results.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666

Welcome to another weekly fishing report from Rainbow Beach, and this week we can report a bit more action than the previous week or two. Last weekend was again a write off which is unfortunate for those who can only get away at weekends, but all the equipment should now be well serviced for the onset of better weather. We have managed 3 trips since the last report and the offshore reefs have been fishing quite well with the closer reefs a little quieter. Main species landed out wide have been snapper, pearl & moses perch, parrot, hussar, gold spot wrasse, with the odd coral trout & red emperor. In closer snapper, sweetlip, pearl perch, parrot, and moses perch have been the main species landed. This week I havn't got much to report from the Straits only that there are still good catches of flathead being landed around Inskip & Pelican Bay area. There are also a lot of sand crabs moving in the Strait and Kauri Crk area. Well good fishing this weekend and it looks like the start of the Westerlies to herald Winter and the Beach fishing should improve.
Tony Stewart

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Over the last week at Lenthalls there have been some good bass and plenty of small barra caught. The bass have been responding well to metal vibes and soft plastics jigged and hopped through schools of fish found on the sounder. Keep an eye out for any thermoclines and congregations of bait on your sounder and you should be able to find the fish. Barra are continuing to be caught on surface during the morning and afternoon sessions, with the gun lures being Tango Dancers, Tango Props and weedless plastics. As the sun gets higher in the sky, switching to sub surface should pay off using lures like Rapala x-raps, Bombers and Tilsans. Soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs and Berkley Hollowbellies will also be effective and can be worked dead slow.

Lake Monduran Report Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph: 1800 228 754
No Report Available.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Winter is Approaching. Neil Shepherd fished with me again in May and with 20 knot southerly winds and rain still managed to land a 12kg longtail and this nice golden trevally on fly. The goldy was riding on the back of a shovelnose shark in 6 feet of water and took a 2/0 clouser minnow, great fishing considering the tough conditions.

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