Weekly Report 15 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 15 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:12 pm

Fishing Report
Fraser Island Fishing report courtesy of Sailfish Apartments, Happy Valley: Ph (07) 4127 9494
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Hervey Bay
South Easterlies this weekend should provide better condition for boaties around the bay. This combined with the approaching new moon and larger tides should see good reef fishing and ideal conditions for whiting and flathead fisho’s in the Sandy Straits. Shelly Beach and the mouth of Eli Creek is still producing nice summer whiting on the incoming tide. Garfish are also being caught around the rock groynes. Yabbies, prawns or dough fished under a float in a berley trail is the best way to target them. The Urangan Pier has been producing a mixed bag over the last week. In the first channel there’s been catches of whiting, bream, gar and some good flathead. The second channel has seen good numbers of school mackerel, the odd broad barred mackerel, golden trevally and queenfish. Live baits, soft plastics and metal spoons have all be working well. 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.

Throughout the Straits good sized summer whiting are being caught on the incoming tide. Large flathead continue to be caught around the creek mouths on the run out tide, soft plastics and livies producing best results. There’s also been a few reports of grunter and estuary cod around the deeper holes and ledges. 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. Very early morning has been the best period for those keen fisho’s. 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. Just a reminder for reef fishermen that the coral reef fin fish closure commences the 15th of October and runs through till the 19th. This means that no coral reef fin fish can be taken north of the line latitude 24 degrees 50 minutes.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Let's hope the north westerly winds are gone by mid November. It has been a quiet week offshore as the weekend was again blown out and only 1 trip offshore for us this week although we are out again today. The snapper have continued to bite well with a very good bag last trip and again the closer reefs were firering and just as well as the current was still screaming on the wider grounds. Along with snapper, other species landed have been pearl & moses perch, grass sweetlip, gold spot cod, cobia, and there have been a few trag jew about. Leading up to the new moon hopefully the current will back out as we have a full book over the next 4 days. On the Beach scene the only report has been of plenty of whiting in the gutters over the last week and some big summeries are in the straits in those special spots out of the wind. If travelling the beach this weekend it is OK on dead Low which is about 1.20 tomorrow, just be careful negotiating the sticks towards Double Island Point.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Reports from Lenthalls over the last week suggest there have been a few decent bass caught and the odd barra. The gate is now open from 6am-8pm so the surface fishing has started to fire. Popular lures have been Tango Dancers, Cultiva Zip n Ziggys and small fizzers.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran continues to fish well with fish being caught trolling and casting. The main basin and Bird Bay have been producing good results. Slow rolling soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs, Berkley Hollow bellies and Storm Bait n Twitch’s has been working well around the windward bays. Hardbody lures like Classic Barra’s and Predatek Vipers have been the lures of choice for trollers. Water temps are averaging 24C with warmer pockets throughout the dam.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Jay and Robbie returned on some better tides for a late season snapper fish and were rewarded with 12 fish over 7kg on plastics. Interestingly the fish were caught on a variety of plastic/jighead and colour combinations with pink snapbacks, 6 inch gulp grubs and Squdgie pros all catching fish.

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