Weekly Report 12 Nov 09

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Weekly Report 12 Nov 09

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:44 pm

Hervey Bay
Fishing in the bay has been pretty quiet over the last week; however as weather conditions improve the fishing should start to fire up particularly those chasing pelagics and fishing the shallow reefs. The ledges and holes around Ungowa have been producing some nice grunter of late, with the odd jewfish and cod caught as well. Whiting and flathead can be found on the flats and around the creek mouths. Whiting and flathead are being caught in the lower reaches and around the mouth of the Mary River system. Live yabbies and worms have been the go for whiting, with soft plastics and live baits working well on the flatties. Throughout the mid reaches there’s been a few threadfin salmon and grunter caught. We anticipate prawns to move over the larger draining tides of the new moon. No significant reports as of yet, however some gun anglers are managing a feed so it’s worth a look. Lack of rain would suggest higher salinity levels which will see the prawns in the upper reaches.

The Burrum River system has been fishing well for mangrove jack over the last week as the fish start to become more active. A variety of soft plastic and hardbody lures have been working throughout the day, with good fish being taken on live and strip baits at night. Catches have been reported from Black Bank to all the way upstream. Buxton hole has been quite crowded lately so searching for quieter waters should bare better results. The lower to mid reaches have provided a mixed bag consisting of bream, whiting, flathead, grunter and cod. Good numbers of tuna can be found from Arch Cliff to Rooneys. Most of the schools consist of mac tuna with the odd longtail tuna mixed in. Small metal slugs between 25-40gm, snapbacks and sliders have been the lures of choice. School mackerel are also still on the chew around the outer banks, beacons and anywhere that holds large congregations of bait. For those that have managed to fish the shallow reefs there’s been plenty of cod, mixed sweetlip and the occasional trout. Fresh bait and finesse have been the key to bagging a feed of reefies.

Anchoring up current from structure and fishing your baits/soft plastics back onto it will see better results. After an extremely hot bite over the full moon period, Lake Monduran has shut down a bit due to the change to SE and showery weather. However a few days of consistant weather should see the bite pick up again. A lot of large fish were reported over the moon period with fish up to 132cm landed. Casting 4-6inch paddletails and curly tail soft plastics has been productive around the windward bays and weed edges. Trolling 2-3m hard body lures has also been the undoing of a few fish. Water levels continue to drop.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
No Report.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Lenthalls has been fishing quite well over the last week, with the barra bite being more consistent. Intense bites over specific moon periods eg. Moon above and moon down have seen anglers landing up to 7 fish in a session. Average size of fish at the moment has been 60-80cm and they’ve been responding well to 4-5 inch paddle tails and surface frog presentations. The bass are of decent size as well, ranging from 30-40cm. A variety of soft plastics, hardbodies, spinnerbaits and poppers have been working. Live shrimp have also been producing good results.

Lake Monduran Report
No Report.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
This week I had father and son Keith and Klane from Sydney who were looking for some action in the bay. The weather wasn’t the best with windy/cloudy conditions not suitable for sight fishing but the guys managed to land over 20 mac tuna to 93 cm ,a yellowtail king, spotty and school mackeral and a nice golden trevally from the flats.

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