Weekly Report 25 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 25 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:34 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Up around Waddy Point and Indian Head there have been reports of moorwong, steel-back salmon, flathead and whiting. The gutters further south have been producing some quality summer whiting on worms and around the Poyungan area have been some good sized chopper tailor and flathead.

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Due to the good weather over the past week, anglers have been able to venture further a field however winds will pick up over the weekend limiting your options to the inshore reefs and river/creek systems. Winter whiting are continuing to be caught in good numbers throughout the Straits, at the bottom of Big Woody and particularly around the Toogoom area. Live yabbies, worms and squid have been the bait of choice and can be fished on a standard whiting rig. Berkley Gulp sandworms have also been very effective with most colours working. Throughout the Straits and the Burrum River some good quality summer whiting are also being caught using live yabbies and worms. This is generally the time of year to get the bigger specimens of summeries. Surface poppers are producing good results as well, with some of the favourites being River 2 Sea Bubblepops, Ecogear PX45’s and Rebel Pop-r’s. When using poppers for whiting; keep your lure skipping along the surface as this imitates a panic stricken prawn which the whiting can’t resist.

Bream are starting to make an appearance around the creek mouths and rocky outcrops and groins. Over the next few weeks as the weather cools down further, we should see the fish start to school up more as they get ready to spawn. Fresh strips of mullet/herring and gut have been working well. At night there have been some good bream caught at the pier, close to the pylons using similar baits. Soft plastics, small hard body lures and metal blades in the 2-3 inch range are also effective on bream with a variety of colours producing the goods. If you’re new to fishing lures for bream drop in and see the boys at Tackleworld to give you an insight as to what works well. Over the last week there have been some excellent flathead captures with fish up to 90cm being reported. Both live and dead baits have been working with most anglers opting for live mullet/herring/pike, strip baits, whole white pilchards and yabbies. Soft plastic fish and prawn imitation have been working exceptionally well as they cover a lot of ground and imitate what the flathead are feeding on. One of the standout lures has been the Slam 4inch minnow in nitro chicken.

Due to the abundance of bait found throughout the Straits and around River Heads at the moment there have been plenty of tailor caught over the last few days. Whole pilchards fished on gang hooks have been working well either unweighted or under a float. A wide variety of lures have been working on the tailor including metal slices and spoons, surface poppers, trolled hardbodies and soft plastics. If keeping a few tailor for a feed it’s best to bleed and ice them straight away to retain the flesh’s quality and eat whilst fresh as they don’t freeze well. This time of year the mud crabs start to become a bit more sluggish and harder to catch, however the good news is there have been some nice sand crabs caught down the Straits. Those experienced crabbers will know where to find them, with whiting frames and mullet frames being choice baits.

The Kingfisher jetty has been fishing quite well of late with catches of bream, flathead, trevally and jew reported. Throughout the day has seen most of the flathead and trevally caught using live herring and soft plastics. At night the bream have been of good quality with fish of up to a kilo being caught using gut and strip baits. Jewfish have also been caught in better numbers at night around the pylons using live herring/pike and squid. The Artificial Reef has seen more school size snapper (between 2-7kg) turn up over the last week due to the drop in temperature. Snapper are being caught on both baits like pilchard, squid, pike and yakkas as well as soft plastics. The most productive plastics have been 4-5inch Berkley Gulps, 110mm Squidgy flickbaits and 4-5inch Slam’s. When targeting snapper on the Arti, try and getaway from the boat traffic and use stealth to maximise your chances. The fairway buoy has also seen a few snapper around the 4kg mark being caught. Up around Roonies has been the place for your better quality snapper and scarlets. Snapper have been responding well to the usual baits with squid working particularly well on the scarlets. Large cobia have also been around and a taking a variety of baits, both live and dead.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
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Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
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Lake Monduran Report Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph: 1800 228 754
Again the best results have been coming from casting suspending lures likes x-raps around the points and edges. Soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs and Berkley Hollowbellies have also being working well late afternoon when slow rolling them. The odd bass is also turning up on suspending lures and live shrimp. Water temps are averaging about 20-21C.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Plastic Time! The winter season is upon us and it’s time to fish plastics in the bay. Ernie Allen from sydney fished with me last week along with Gordon Dunlop and his son Edward. We fished the southern end of fraser looking for big longtails but missed a couple of chances landing 2 nice mac tuna and a couple of dusky flathead on fly. Day 2 we fish from urangan harbour and Ernie caught this nice queenfish and Edward and Ernie had a double hookup on goldys. As well as these the boys hooked some bigger fish we could not stop, saw some yellowtail kingfish and some big milkfish feeding on the surface as well.

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