Weekly Report 10 Sep 09

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Weekly Report 10 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:38 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
Good quality whiting are being caught along the front beaches on sand worms as well as flathead on pillies and whitebait. The tailor have started to taper off a bit with a few fish being caught around the Maheno and Eli areas. 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
This time of year typically, sees some of the better fishing off the local beaches such as Shelly Beach for whiting. The northerly winds dirty the water up which sees the fish moving into the shallow water to forage. Quality summer whiting are being caught on the larger incoming tides using fresh worms and live yabbies. The spring pelagics season has kicked off nicely with good numbers of school mackerel throughout the bay and mac tune from Arch Cliffs north. For school mackerel try around the Point Vernon/Gataker’s Bay area, the mouth of the Burrum River, artificial reef, reefs in the lower part of Platypus Bay and any beacons that are holding bait. Live herring and metals spoons should do the job. Over the full moon period Wathumba and Rooney’s produced some excellent quality snapper and should continue to fish well over the next few weeks. The Arti saw a few small to average size fish caught on both soft plastics and fresh baits. Good sized local squid are still being caught however have been a bit scattered due to the dirtier water. Look for areas with clean water around the top of the tide and good numbers of baitfish.

Jewfish are being caught in the vicinity of River Heads and areas with deep holes and ledges like Ungowa. Live baits are probably the most effective way to target them with live mullet and squid working well. Jewies are also avid takers of soft plastics, some of the favourites being Squidgy Fish and Berkley Gulps. Flathead can be found in good numbers throughout the Great Sandy Straits, lower reaches of the Susan and Mary River and flats beyond the mouth of the Mary. Flicking soft plastics on the outgoing tide produces excellent results and can often see a variety of species as by-catch. If lures aren’t your thing, live baits will work. Anglers have reported a few threadfin salmon in the mid reaches of the Susan and Mary River. Live baits have been proving successful with live prawns, herring andmullet being the baits of choice. Soft plastic and hardbody lures can also be cast and trolled around the drain mouths to good effect. Quality grunter are also starting to make an appearance and are a good target on both baits and soft plastics.

Mud crabs are on the move at present and are of good size and full of meat. The locals are keeping locations pretty sketchy as to where they’re catching them; however try the smaller creek systems. The Urangan Pier has also been producing summer whiting in the shallow waters of the first channel on the incoming tide. Flathead can be caught on the drop offs on live pike and herring as well as soft plastics hopped along the bottom. A few school mackerel and golden trevally have been landed in the second channel on livies and metal spoons.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Welcome to this weeks fishing report from Rainbow Beach, after missing last weeks due to someone cutting a cable on the NSW border putting our server offline for most of the day.We have experienced some great weather since last week with many offshore anglers returning to port very satisfied with there catch especially on the full moon. Since the moon the offshore current has picked up makeing fishing a bit more difficult but most species have continued to bite well. Snapper have continued to school in bigger numbers and this species has made up the bulk of our catch from the wider reefs. Other species landed have included parrot, pearl & moses perch, spangled emperor, trout and hussar. Closer to shore grass sweetlip, squire, trag jew, moses perch, pearl perch , scarlet sea perch & gold spot cod have been the main species landed. With the outlook for more settled weather over the weekend hopefully more good fish will be landed before a return to the dreaded northerlies.

On the Beach scene Wayne from Rainbow Beach Tackle reports catches of good sized flathead, mainly in an area from the surf beach to just past the Oaks. Most fish in the 60-75cm range and there are also reports of more summer whiting starting to show up. The blue swimmer crabs are also appearing in better numbers in the straits and its hard to knock back a feed of these. For those contemplating a trip up the beach, the last report I have this week is to travel one hour either side of low and the rocks are completely covered. The main problem area is towards Double Island Point with plenty of timber to negotiate and I would love to tell you what to do with that but not now. Lets hope tourism doesn't suffer over the school holidays and everyone can enjoy safe travel to and from Teewah & Double Island Point.

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Lake Monduran is continuing to produce some excellent barra with water temps around 23C. Fishing the shallow wind swept bays with soft plastics like Slick Rigs and Storm Pro Paddle Tails has been one of the most productive methods. A slow roll retrieve is all that is required with the occasional pause and twitch thrown in. Bird Bay has been fishing particularly well for boating anglers and a few fish have been caught by land based fisho’s near the dam wall. Early morning and just after dark have been the best bite periods.

Lenthall’s Dam Report
Lenthall’s dam is the place to go if you’ve got the barra itch and don’t want to travel the distance to Monduran. The fish are of smaller sizes (averaging 60-75cm) but are great fun on light gear. 4inch soft plastics have been effective as well as surface lures during the morning and afternoon. The odd bass is being caught on diving minnows, spinnerbaits and plastics.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
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