Weekly Report 27 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 27 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:10 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Tailor have been the main target on the island this week with good numbers of fish present. With the stronger winds they were a bit scattered so you may need to chase them to find the pockets of fish. Catches have been reported around Dundubara, Cathedral Beach and the gutters around Yidney Rocks. At the moment fish are being caught on both bait and lures, with fresh pillies and metal spoons producing the goods.
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
Strong northerly winds throughout the week have made fishing conditions unfavorable, with most anglers opting to fish the beaches, creeks and the Straits. Those that have ventured out into the bay have found a few school mackerel starting to move in as well as plenty of trevally, the snapper still remain a bit elusive. The winds have stirred up the water quite a bit making it dirty, which in turn has brought the whiting in to feed along the beaches. The banks around the Urangan Pier have produced some good summeries on live yabbies and worms. The odd flathead is also being caught on the pier using live pike and herring, with a few bream being caught at night on gut and strip baits. School mackerel are slowly starting to show up with the odd fishing being caught at the start of the second channel on live herring fished unweighted or under a float.

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. Throughout the Straits quality summer whiting are being caught on the shallow banks over the run in tide. Fresh worms or live yabbies have been working well as well as small surface poppers. When skipped along the surface at a medium-fast pace these small poppers mimic a panic stricken prawn which the whiting can’t resist. Some of the favourites have been the Rebel Pop-r and River2Sea Bubblepops as they have an excellent action and natural colourings. 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.

Bream can be found around the rocky outcrops, ledges and holes around River Heads at the moment, with the better quality fish being caught at night. Fresh baits like mullet fillets, gut, herring and prawns have been producing best results. Soft plastic baitfish and prawn imitations also catch there fair share of bream as they can be worked throughout the whole water column. If you’re fishing shallower water over top of rocks or weed beds, poppers are worth a try and can be a very exciting and visual way to fish. Monduran Dam has also been firing over the last week due to the northerly winds which have brought the water temperature up to around 23-24C. The afternoon sessions have been producing the best results with anglers catching multiple fish in an outing. Concentrate on the wind blown bays and banks casting and retrieving soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs and suspending hard bodies.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
We have only done a couple of trips since our last report with windy conditions over the weekend and early this week which made up our minds to all have a few days away. Our catches have been good again with some quality snapper in the 3-4 kilo range, pearl perch, moses perch, parrot, gold spot wrasse, hussar and some big cobia to 20kg's. Better numbers of snapper are now starting to show up with floating pillies, yakkas and the soft plastics working very well. Reports this week from the Straits have not been brilliant and from what I have heard it has been a hard slog to get a feed. A few summer whiting along with winter whiting have been producing a meal and the crabs have gone very quiet also. No report has come from the Beach this week, but with the winds settling down hopefully we will have a good report next week.
Tony Stewart

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Warm water temperatures have also seen Lenthall’s fish well with both bass and barra being caught. Fishing small soft plastics like 4inch Hollowbellies and Snapback paddle tails during the day has been a popular method, switching to small poppers in the afternoon.

Lake Monduran Report Courtesy of Rob at Lake Monduran Holiday Park Ph: 1800 228 754
Monduran Dam has been fishing exceptionally well this past week with plenty of fish reported and most of the barra averaging the magic metre mark. One of the best reports came from a 2 day trip where the lucky angler managed 17 fish over the 2 days. Consistent warm northerly winds have brought the water temperature up to around 23C, reaching up to 24.8C on a good day; with most fish being caught in the afternoons as the water is at it’s warmest. Concentrate your efforts on the windblown bays and banks for example C and D Bay and the southern side of the northern arm of B Bay. Slow rolling soft plastics like Slick Rigs has been proving successful as well as suspending hard bodies.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Jay Currie a regular client from Brisbane drove up with his apprentice Robbie for some winter fishing action as Moreton Bay was very slow. The boys had a great time with Robbie catching his first saltwater fish including a snapper on a hardbody lure, 2 big golden trevally on plastics as well as a few tailor. Jay landed a monster goldy around 14-15kg as well as a nice yellowtail king on a popper. Not bad for the off season guys.

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