Weekly Report 10 Sep 09

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Weekly Report 10 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:08 pm

Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
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Hervey Bay
Well again strong winds for a majority of the week have limited angler’s activities. The beaches, Urangan Pier, local rivers and creeks and the freshwater impoundments have been a good option. Shelly Beach and the Urangan Pier are still producing nice summer whiting on the incoming tide. Garfish are also being caught in the first channel off the pier and around the rock groynes. Yabbies, prawns or dough fished under a float in a berley trail is the best way to target them. Due to the abundance of bait at the pier there have also been some nice school mackerel and golden trevally caught when the water’s clear. Live herring, ganged pilchards and metal spoons have all been working well, with a few anglers targeting them on soft plastics like Snapbacks. The lower reaches of the Burrum River has been fishing well for summer whiting and flathead. Fresh bait has been working best for the summeries, with flatties being caught on live bait, white pilchards, soft plastic and hardbody lures.

The mid reaches of the river has seen a mixed bag of bream, cod and grunter caught on bait and soft plastic prawn imitations. Mangrove jack are starting to become more active with good results coming from the Burrum and Gregory systems at night using strips of fresh mullet and live baits. As water temps rise and the fish become more active, soft plastic and hard body lures will become a good option. 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. The shallow reefs are starting to fire as the water warms up. Grass sweetlip, small snapper, grunter and estuary cod have been the main targets. Soaking a bait will provide good results, however all of these species respond well to soft plastics.
Lures likes Berkley Gulps and Slam baits have been proving successful in a range of colours and styles.

School mackerel have been plentiful over the last few weeks with the odd broad barred and spanish 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. For the game fisho’s reports indicate that there’s oodles of bait fish outside the Breaksea Spit. Sailfish have been sighted in the same area, yet no reports of captures at this stage. Pockets of warmer water of 24C outside, combined with the congregations of bait suggest visiting that area should prove fruitful over the coming weeks.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
The fine weather has continued except for the odd drop or two. Hopefully all those on holiday had a great time in Rainbow as those on Charter did taking home some nice fish. The current has continued to run on the wider grounds, with most boats now targeting the closer reefs. Catches of snapper have again been excellent with many anglers taking home there quota. Most of these have been in the 2-5 kilo range with the odd one to 7kgs. Another species makeing an appearance in better numbers have been cobia and these have been landed up to 15 kgs. Other species to make up the catch have been grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod and a few pearl perch. Those making weekend bookings have had a wretched run of luck with bad weather and this weekend looks like another blowout. Larger swells could also eventuate from a low off the NSW south coast, something we haven't seen for some time. Wayne from Rainbow Beach Tackle tells me there have been some good catches of spotties and tuna from Inskip with the odd golden trevally landed. Reports from the Straits say the crabs are very quiet, so a big rain may be needed to flush the
muddies out as the water has cleared up. With beach travel care is needed towards Double Island Point as the sticks are very bad ,so unless you have a Government car don't attempt it.

Freshwater Report-Lake Monduran Report
Monduran fished well over the full moon period in the larger bays eg. Bird Bay and B Bay. Water temps have varied relative to the weather with peaks as high as 28C in the late afternoon in smaller down wind bays. The main basin and the larger bodies of deep water are not as warm. Very little boofing at night due to the cooler nature of the evenings. Barra captures are averaging 1m with numerous catches already this season in excess of 120cm. At the risk of repeating ourselves, best techniques include slow rolling soft plastics over weedy points, edges and bays. Plastics doing the damage include Squidgy Slick Rigs, Berkley Hollowbellies and Storm Bait n Switch. Drop in and see the boys at Tackleworld for tips on modifying these lures to achieve best results. The annual Lake Monduran family fishing comp is on the 10th and 11th of October. There’s plenty of prizes and giveaways which should ensure a fun comp for all.

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