Weekly Report 23 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 23 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:45 pm

Hervey Bay
Smaller tides over the next week should see the rivers and creeks and the Urangan Pier fish well. Good reports have been coming from the local impoundments, with bass and barra being caught. The Urangan Pier has been producing a mixed bag over the last week. In the first channel there’s been catches of whiting, bream 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. Around River Heads there’s good sized flathead at the moment, with bream and cod also on offer. In the Susan and Mary River systems there’s been quality whiting caught around the lower reaches. Live yabbies and worms have been working best. The lower to mid reaches have also seen a few threadfin salmon which are being targeted on live herring and prawns. Grunter can also be found around the deeper holes on yabbies, prawns and Gulp soft plastics.

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. 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.

The reefs around Rooney’s have still been producing a few late season snapper. Butterflied yakkas, squid and pillies have been the baits of choice with good numbers of fish also being caught on soft plastics. Large cobia are in the same area and put up quite a fight especially when encountered on snapper gear. Scattered schools of tuna and bonito can be found in the Platypus bay area. A few small black marlin are starting to be sighted so its time to start dusting off the game fishing gear.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
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Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
The barra at Lenthalls have been a little bit cagey over the last week with better bites coming from the bass. Bass up to 45cm are being landed on live shrimp, Sliders and small hardbody’s. With the gate now open from 6am-8pm anglers now have the option to fish surface lures during the afternoon/early evening period. Lures like Zip n Ziggy’s, Tango dancers and Gobo poppers have been effective.

Lake Monduran Report
During the week Monduran was a little bit quiet, with the best period being the late afternoon/early evening. The wind’s turning to the north so we should see the dam fire up again. Warmer conditions should also see surface action increase, using lures like poppers, fizzers and walk the dog style lures. There’s been a fair bit of boat traffic down the front of the dam so look for quieter pockets of water. There’s still the odd fish being caught in the northern and southern arms of B Bay, however Bird Bay and the fringes of the main river in the mid section have been more productive. The usual lures have been pulling fish eg. Squidgy slick rigs, Tsunami paddletails, Berkley Hollowbellies, Storm bait n twitches, Classic barras, B52’s, Rapala X-raps etc. The bass up at Monduran have been quite active to. Some local anglers targeted them with live shrimp and were rewarded with fish up to 60cm.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Jason Brigden, owner/operator of hervey bays best whale watching boat the ‘whalesong” nailed a big longtail tuna caught on a gulp while trying for a snapper. Jason caught 2 longtails and 2 snapper for the day!

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