Weekly Report 3 Jul 09

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Weekly Report 3 Jul 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:18 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Fraser’s been fishing really well over the past week with plenty of reports and nice fish caught. Up around Indian Head and Waddy point anglers are catching chopper tailor using whole ganged pilchards and metal spoons. Around the rocky areas such as Poyungan, Yidney, Chard and McLaughlan there have been quality bream caught on worms, pippies and strip baits. Along most of the beaches whiting are being caught in the gutters at low tide and on the incoming afternoon tide using fresh worms.

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This time of year, winter whiting are quite a popular target as they can be found in good numbers and don’t require a whole lot of angling experience. Schools of winter whiting can be found throughout the Straits, the bottom of Big Woody and around the Toogoom area. A variety of baits work well including small strips of squid, yabbies, prawns and worms. Berkley Gulp Sandworms are also continuing to prove themselves as excellent bait and can be fished on a standard whiting rig. etter numbers of bream are starting to show up around the rocky outcrops, Urangan and Kingfisher jetty and the creek mouths. Over the last week we’ve had good reports of healthy fish between 30cm-38cm; mixed in with the smaller fish. Fresh baits like mullet strips, herring, gut and oysters have been working well when fished unweighted or with a small ball sinker. Lighter leaders will also ensure more bites; we usually use fluorocarbon as it is near invisible under water and has good abrasion resistance. Soft plastics in the 2-3inch range are deadly on bream with good results coming from the Squidgy Pro Range Critter’s and Flickbaits, Berkley Gulp Shrimp and Jerkshads, Atomic Guzzlerz Prong’s and Berkley 3 inch Powerbaits.

The odd jewfish is also being caught at the moment around the Kingfisher jetty and River Heads. Live baits of pike and mullet and whole baits of squid or mullet strips should do the job. When targeting jew look for any edges or ledges that hold bait and you should have half a chance. Soft plastics can also be effective on jew with paddle tail soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs and slimmer profile lures like Berkley Gulp Jerkshads being ideal. Quality flathead are being caught in good numbers at the moment around the rocky outcrops, the western creeks of Fraser and throughout the Burrum River. A lot of anglers are targeting them on soft plastics and are achieving great results. The standout lures this week have been D.O.A shrimp and Slam minnows, when hopped along the bottom these are irresistible to the flatties. Live pike, mullet and herring have also been producing good results.

Good numbers of chopper tailor are being found throughout the Straits, around Kingfisher and River Heads. Whole and half pilchards fished on a gang has been working well and can be fished under a float or unweighted. The tailor have also been responding well to most styles of lures eg. Metal spoons, slugs, soft plastics, diving hardbodies and surface poppers. If you intend on keeping a few for a feed remember to bleed and ice them upon capture to retain the flesh’s quality. The 6 Mile has been holding good numbers of bait which has seen schools of bonito, mixed schools of trevally, small mackerel and the odd cobia up to 30kg. Live baiting has been the key using herring, yakkas and pike. Soft plastics and metal spoons will also be effective when worked around the bait schools.

The Artificial Reef has seen school size snapper (between 2-7kg) caught over the last week. 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. Wathumba has been fairly quiet on the snapper scene however we anticipate the fishing to improve anytime soon. Roonies has seen better captures of snapper around the 4kg+ mark as well as some nice scarlets. Fresh bait has been the go using pike, yakkas, pilchards and squid. There has also been some large cobia getting around with fish averaging 30-35kg and the odd bigger specimen 40kg+ on live bait. At the Gutters this time of year the trout go a bit quiet but you can expect better quality snapper, red emperor, big grass sweetlip, scarlets, hussar, parrot, cobia and trevally. Live pike and yakkas, whole squid, fish heads and wings eg. Hussar, whiting etc and whole garfish will be the baits of choice.

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
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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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