Weekly Report 23 Sep 09

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Weekly Report 23 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:43 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
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Hervey Bay
Over the last week mixed weather conditions have seen most anglers heading up the rivers and creeks or fishing the beaches due to the strong northerly winds. These conditions usually see the creeks fire as well as the impoundments like Lake Lenthalls and Monduran. The dirty water has seen good numbers of summer whiting moving into the shallows to feed over the incoming tide. The Urangan pier has produced some quality whiting in the first channel on live yabbies and worms. Shelly Beach has been another successful spot and is an ideal place to take the kids over the school holidays to catch a fish. Grunter are being caught in the Susan and Mary River on yabbies and prawns. They can also be successfully targeted on soft plastics like Berkley Gulps. Whiting and flathead are a good target around the lower reaches with a few threadfin salmon caught in the mid reaches on live baits.

There are still plenty of school jew being caught around the River Heads area and throughout the Straits. Concentrate your efforts on the deeper holes and ledges that hold good numbers of bait. Live mullet and squid are probably best baits however a well presented strip bait will do the job. Jewfish will also readily take a soft plastic with some of the favourites being Squidgy fish/slick rigs and Berkley Gulp jerkshads. The western creeks of Fraser have been fishing well for flathead around the creek . mouths on the run out tide. Soft plastics are one of the most productive methods as they cover a lot of ground and imitate the bait that the flathead are feeding on. Live baiting will also bare good results. Mud crabs are also on the move at the moment around the smaller creek systems, fresh mullet has been working well. Further down the Straits there have been plenty of sand crabs.

School mackerel have been plentiful over the last few weeks with the odd broad barred mackerel also being caught. Popular spots have been the beacons, Roy Rufus artificial reef, Outer banks, the drop off around the Burrum and the Fairway Buoy. Trolling hard body lures like Halco Laser Pro’s and Rapala CD 9 and 11’s has been very effective as well as spinning with Flasha spoons. If you’re anchored up whole ganged pilchards or livies (herring/pike/yakkas) fished in a burley trail have been working well. Avoid using wire as it spooks a lot of fish, instead opt for a heavier mono or fluorocarbon leader.

Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
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Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report

Monduran has been firing over the last week due to the consistent northerly winds. Water temps have risen to around 25-26C with some parts of the dam getting up to 29C. The southern part of Bird Bay has been fishing well, casting Squidgy slick rigs, Berkley Hollowbellies and Rapala X-raps around the points. The main basin has also started to produce fish for trollers. No specific lure has been working best so the usual RMGs, Predateks and Classic Barras are worth a try. The last few days has seen half a dozen 120cm+ caught with plenty of 90-100cm fish about. The annual family fishing comp will also be held from the 9th-11th of October. If the fishing continues at its current rate it’s shaping up to be a good comp.

Lenthall’s Dam Report
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Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
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