Weekly Report 13 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 13 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:52 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Good catches of tailor are still being reported along most of the beach and are of good size. Whole ganged pilchards have been the best baits with some anglers also using 35-50g metal spoons. Whiting catches have been pretty quiet however it would be worth trying the gutters on the low tide using fresh worms. Quality dart and tarwhine are also being plucked along the beaches using pippies and worms. Reminder: The area from 400m south of Indian Head to 400m north of Waddy Point is closed to fishing from midday 1st August till midday 30th September each year.

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Along the beaches whiting are being caught at Shelly Beach on live yabbies and worms during the incoming tide. There have also been reports of some nice garfish being taken on dough, prawn tails and yabbies fished under a float. The use of a small amount of berley will also help keep the fish in the area for longer. Just remember that garfish have a possession limit of 50 per person. The Urangan Pier has been producing the usual species relative to this time of year, with a few more options opened up as the fence has been moved back to the third light near the end. Bream are being caught early morning and at night using gut and strip baits as well as whole small herring and prawns. At the moment the bream are of good size but are hanging around in smaller numbers. Don’t forget the squid jig as there has also been the odd local squid.

Quality flathead are a good target this time of year off the pier using live baits. The drop off at the start of the second channel will be worth a try with live pike and herring as well as soft plastic fish and prawn imitations. Throughout August we usually see a small run of bluefin tuna over the smaller tides. Live herring will be the bait of choice and can be fished under a float or unweighted. Soft plastic baitfish imitations like Snapbacks and Squidgy Flickbaits can also produce good results along with metal slugs and spoons. The Great Sandy Straits continues to fire, with excellent quality sand whiting available over the sand flats on a rising tide. Whiting can also be found up inside small feeder creeks towards the top of the tide. Flathead are a great option also as they aggregate in numbers to spawn. Flicking soft plastics is the best way to target them. Good tailor abound throughout the straits, being most common around areas aggregating baitfish like hardiheads. Good spots to try for tailor include Ungowa, the mouth of creeks north of there up to Kingfisher Resort, the Picnic Islands and the southern shoreline opposite River Heads.

Around River Heads bream, flathead and tailor are being caught by land based anglers. The odd mackerel is being caught on the troll using Rapala X-raps and RMG Scorpions as well as live baits. At night around the deeper holes and ledges there have been reports of jewfish up to 12kg on live pike and squid. Jewies are another good target on soft plastics and respond well to Squidgy slick rigs and Berkley gulps. Regardless of the floating weed throughout the Burrum at present fishing still remains productive. Around the mouth of the river queenfish and trevally have been feeding on small baitfish in the clear water, with the odd school mackerel around the beacons. The lower reaches have been producing quality summer whiting and flathead, with plenty of tailor also around. A few barra are also starting to be caught on live mullet and prawns, as the water warms up hardbody and soft plastics will be another option.

A few more snapper have showed up around the Wathumba area and are ranging between 4-7kg, if found and are responding to locally caught bait like herring, pike, winter whiting and yakkas. Plenty of trevally, yellowtail kingfish and even a few smallish longtail tuna are other options off Wathumba for sports fishermen if the snapper won’t play the game. The 25 Fathom Hole and the Gutters are certainly the best chances of snapper at present. Expect to catch very few during daylight hours however, and use fresh or live bait if possible. Hordes of yakkas are present in areas like the Fathom Hole and over at Roonies. Tuskfish, scarlets, grass sweetlip, cod, hussar and occasional red emperor are likely from the Gutters as well as snapper. Notable changes in the weather over the last few days, bringing the warmer northerly winds should also trigger a hot bite on the barra at both Lenthalls and Monduran Dam. Regular visitors to these lakes have already achieved success slow rolling soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs and Berkley Hollowbellies.

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.
The new galeforce boat has been performing well and the Lowrance HDS sounder and GPS units I installed have been working great. We can actually watch the plastic freefall on the sounder screen and several trevally rise up to the lure for a hookup. Lowrance is just releasing a new 3D transducer for the HDS series so I will be installing one soon.

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