Weekly Report 19 Sep 09

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Weekly Report 19 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:40 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
The last week has seen excellent numbers of school mackerel caught throughout the bay, along with mac tuna, bonito and the odd longtail. Most of the usual spots have been producing fish including: the Outer Banks, Urangan Pier, Fairway Buoy and the NU2. Trolling, drifting pillies and spinning with metal spoons have all been productive methods. Northerly winds this week should see good fishing off the beaches for summer whiting as they move into the dirty, shallow water to feed. The new moon will bring in larger tides which will give the whiting more room to forage. Fish the top of the incoming tide using yabbies and worms around the Shelly Beach area. 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 and mullet 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. Mackerel and Bonito are being caught in good numbers on live herring and metal spoons.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
The great run of spring conditions has continued on since our last report. There have been plenty of offshore trips over the last week and catches on the whole have been very good. We have had a 2 day break while our liferaft has had its annual service in Brisbane but its back on the water from Thursday on. The current has made fishing a little difficult offshore, but its there one day gone the next. Reasonable numbers of snapper have been landed, most in the 3-5 kilo range. Most of these have been taken on the soft plastics, so if you really want sport fishing on light gear and obtain better catch rates grab a few Gulps from your local tackle store and give it a go. All the normal offshore reef species have been landed including pearl & moses perch, parrot, maori cod, hussar, wrasse and red emperor to 14kgs. Last Sunday a group from Brisbane fished well to land 4 reds over 9kgs. On the closer reefs catches have been steady with the main species landed being snapper, moses & pearl perch, trag jew, scarletts, & gold spot cod. On the beach scene good flathead have again been taken north of the flags with a few whiting also. Beach travel has improved this week with about 1.5 hours either side of low the best option. The only problem being the ramp on the south of Double Island Point with soft sand and some broken boards. With the good run of weather set to continue into next week for the school holidays, have fun on the water & take care.
Tony Stewart

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Consistent northerly winds this weekend should warm the water up substantially at Monduran and produce a good bite. Concentrate on the shallow wind swept bays and points, slow rolling soft plastics like Squidgy slick rigs and Berkley hollowbellies. Suspending hardbody lures like Rapala X-raps will work well on the weed edges as they stay in the strike zone longer. Weedless Boof Frogs and Berkley Frogs will also be worth a try in the heavily weeded areas.

Lenthall’s Dam Report-No Report.

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