Weekly Report 20 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 20 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:54 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Reports from the island have been pretty quiet this week, however average sized tailor are still being caught around the Dundubura and Cathedral Beach area. Whole ganged pilchards have been the bait of choice, with metal spoons and slugs also producing fish. 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.

Hervey Bay
Due to the strong winds over the past week anglers have been limited to what they can do, being confined to the beaches, creeks and shallow reefs. A few keen fisho’s have also been making the trip up to Monduran Dam including Jason from Tackleworld who managed 3 nice barra during an overnighter. Along the beaches whiting are being caught at Shelly Beach on live yabbies and worms during the incoming tide. The flats along the mouth of Eli Creek have also been producing some quality whiting on poppers, with the odd bream and flathead as by-catch. When wading the banks soft plastics can also be effective on whiting when sight casted to individual or small schools of fish, one of the most effective lures being the Squidgy Critter.

Around the rocky outcrops of Point Vernon and Gataker’s Bay land based fishermen have been catching a few bream on fresh strip baits and soft plastics. Small trevally averaging 1-3kg are also starting to show up and are good fun on light gear and soft plastics. Good numbers of tailor can still be found and are taking a liking to small metals spoons. 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. Tailor are being caught in good numbers on metal spoons and ganged pillies, with the odd tuna showing up when using live herring. The drop off either side of the channel will be the spot to target flathead and can be caught on live herring/pike and soft plastics.

Around River Heads quality bream are being caught over the rocks and hanging under the mangroves out of the sun, try casting your baits or plastics into the structure as this is where the fish will be. Metal blades work well when bream are schooled up in deeper water, a simple lift and drop technique is all that is required to impart the action of the blade. Flathead and tailor are also being caught by land based anglers on both bait and lures. 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. The western creeks of Fraser have seen good numbers of large flathead over the draining tide. Flatties will usually sit on the drop offs, as the tide runs out the baitfish are forced to move into the deeper water where the flathead are laying in ambush. Soft plastics like Squidgy fish, Sliders and 4 inch Slams are very effective as they mimic the bait that the fish are feeding on. If the fish are a bit sluggish, suspending hard body lures can be very effective as they stay in the strike zone longer. Good numbers of tailor can be found throughout the Straits as well and are being caught on ganged pilchards and trolled lures.

A few school mackerel are starting to show up around the beacons and Burrum 8 Mile. Live baits have been producing good results as well as pilchards, metal spoons and Snapbacks. Trolling lures like RMG Scorpions is another way of picking up a feed of mackerel and often produces mixed varieties of trevally as by-catch. A few quality snapper are being caught on the arti using gar, squid and winter whiting. Soft plastics have been getting excellent results with larger fish often being caught on plastics instead of bait. Some of the better lures have been Berkley Gulps and Slams in the 3-5 inch sizes and a variety of colours. Wathumba has still been pretty quiet with majority of reports being trevally and scarlets. Rooney’s and across the bar (weather permitting) has seen better catches of snapper on bait and soft plastics.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Since our last report we have again felt the force of North west to South easterly winds, which is the norm for this time of year but we have still managed 5 trips for the week. Consistant catches have come in, but still the big numbers of snapper have been hard to find this year, but hopefully the Moon in a couple of weeks may be the trigger. On the wider grounds snapper to 8 kgs were landed along with better numbers of pearl perch. These species along with moses perch, parrot, gold spot wrasse, hussar, a few spangled & red emperor, and maori cod were landed. Closer to shore pearl perch, trag jew, scarlet sea perch, and gold spot cod have been landed. In the Straits this week I have heard of some nice muddies being potted in the Carlo area . Closer to Tee Bar Creek winter whiting along with a few summer whiting are being taken. With the big tides this week beach travel is quite good to Double Island Point but the freshwater track is apparently a shocker, so take care. Well thats it this week, good fishing
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
No Report.

Lake Monduran Report Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph: 1800 228 754
Due to the consistent warm northerly winds; Monduran has been fishing very well over the last week with quite a few anglers managing 2-3 fish in a session. Fishing the wind blown banks has been productive as water temperatures are averaging 23C which is triggering a good bite. The southern points and bays around B Bay have been fishing well, especially in the afternoon sessions just on dark. Lures of choice have been Squidgy Slick Rigs and suspending hard body lures on the edges of the weed; and weedless plastics in the thicker patches.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Ben and Dels came to hervey bay for a weeks holiday from Melbourne and spent a couple of days fishing while there wifes went shopping and relaxing on the beach. The boys caught some nice golden trevally, snapper, turrum and some yellowtail kingfish. Good fishing guys and they plan to return in summer when the flats are fishing.

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