Weekly Report 16 Jul 09

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Weekly Report 16 Jul 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:30 pm

The Urangan Pier is continuing to fish well from bream at night over the high tide. Fresh strips of mullet, herring, yabbies and gut baits have been producing good results. Keen anglers have also been targeting bream throughout the day with small soft plastics, blades and suspending hardbody lures to good effect. Flathead will be a good target on the pier using live pike as well as soft plastic prawn and baitfish imitations like D.O.A Shrimp and Squidgy Fish. Summer whiting will be around over the larger incoming tides using worms and yabbies. Good numbers of tailor can be found around the second channel of the pier, although in-accessible by pier anglers; boaties will be able to anchor up and target them. Whole ganged pilchards fished under a float or unweighted as well as metal spoons and snapbacks will be the presentations of choice.

Kingfisher Jetty has been fishing well at night for jewies using live baits of squid, herring, mullet and pike. During the day the odd jew is also being caught using soft plastics like Berkley Gulps and Squidgy Fish fished close to the pylons. Apart from jew fish good numbers of quality bream are being caught using flesh and gut baits as well as soft plastics. Flathead captures are fairly consistent this time of year and can be targeted using live baits, soft plastics and hardbody lures. Local squid can be found around the jetty this time of year so don't forget the squid jigs.

Around Gataker's and the shallow reefs; bream, flathead, tailor, sweetlip and the odd small snapper have been on the cards. Soft plastics have been very successful on the bream and flathead with some good captures taken off the rocks as well as in the boat and kayak. If soaking a bait opt for a light sinker to avoid snagging up; strip baits, whole hardiheads and fresh prawns will be productive. Snapper and sweetlip are another good target for soft plastics with 4-5inch jerkshads and prawn imitations working well around dawn and dusk. Winter whiting schools can still be found around the Dundowran/Toogoom area and south of Big Woody, although the schools have been a bit scattered. A variety of baits will work including worms, yabbies, squid and Berkley Gulp worms.

River Heads has been producing the usual species relative to this time of year with bream, flathead, cod, tailor and the odd jew reported. Due to the rocky terrain, fish similar techniques to Gatakers using small ball sinkers or unweighted baits to avoid snagging up. Live bait will be effective on the flathead and cod, with whole ganged pilchards and metal spoons working best on the tailor. Soft plastics are very effective around River Heads as well as shallow diving Hardbody's and can often produce a mixed bag. Throughout the Straits you can expect good numbers of tailor, flathead around the creek mouths on the outgoing tide, bream and whiting on the flats and jewfish around the deeper holes. The odd threadfin salmon is also being reported using live mullet. Sand crabs are around in good numbers around the Poona area and make a great feed.

The Burrum river has seen some quality bream and summer whiting around the lower reaches and can be caught on live worms and yabbies. Flathead are around in good numbers and can be taken on livies or soft plastics. Around the mouth of the river there's been some good queenfish around 6kg caught using soft plastics, poppers and metal spoons. The Roy Rufus Artificial Reef has seen a few better sized snapper caught over the last week in between the smaller squirey snapper. As water temps continue to drop we should see more schools of quality snapper start to move in. Boat traffic can make them quite wary so try and use stealth and get away from the hordes to find the better fish. Painted sweetlip are also around in numbers and can be targeted on squid and balls of yabbies.

Snapper are being found around the Burrum 8 Mile and are being caught on bait and soft plastics. Whole yakkas and pike, pilchards, gar and squid have been working well with good results also coming from Berkley Gulps and Slam soft plastics. Just be careful when fishing the 8 Mile as it is borderline on open waters and you may require and EPIRB to fish certain parts of it. Snapper are also being caught at the 25 Fathom Hole using similar techniques. We also anticipate good fishing around the Wathumba area from now on and to continue over the next few months as the snapper move in.

Roonies continues to produce snapper, squirey snapper, grass sweetlip, painted sweetlip, cod and large cobia. A few school-sized yellowfin tuna were caught in the 4 mile area lately as well. The Gutters are giving up some great snapper, very large grass sweetlip up to 6kg, red emperor, scarlet seaperch, hussar, venus tuskfish and cod. Coral trout are still an option on livies, but are a bit slow due to the cold. Some huge cobia are lurking along the ledges or where bait is gathered. Trevally are quite common on the more prominent ledges of the Southern Gutter.

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