Weekly Report 27 Nov 09

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Weekly Report 27 Nov 09

Post by Brad » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:00 pm

Hervey Bay
The Urangan Pier has been producing a mixed bag this week with good catches reported from the shallows and end of the pier. Whiting, flathead and gar have been the main targets in the first channel. Yabbies have been the bait of choice for whiting and gar, with live herring for the flatties. Large numbers of herring have been congregating around the second channel which has attracted school and broad barred mackerel, queenfish and the odd GT. Pencil squid have also started to move in, in small number. The best period has been early morning when the moon is down at the top of the tide. Small squid jigs around the 2in size work best in a variety of colours. Summer whiting have been around in good numbers along the beaches. Shelly Beach has been producing some good specimens on live yabbies and worms. The larger tides associated with the full moon should see good results on the incoming tide. Small surface poppers are another good option for chasing whiting as they mimic a panic stricken prawn.

The rock groynes have also been fishing well for flathead and garfish. Soft plastics have been the best option for targeting flathead with 3-6inch flickbaits and fish style lures working well. Ganged white pilchards, live herring and yabbies have also been proving successful. Garfish are responding well to yabbies, prawn tails and dough baits fished under a float. The use of berley will help keep the fish around for longer periods of time. The Burrum River system continues to produce the usual species relative to this time of year. The lower reaches have been fishing well for summer whiting and flathead; with cod, grunter and mangrove jack on offer further up river. The full moon period should also be a good chance to catch a feed of mud crabs so don’t forget the pots. 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.

School mackerel and mixed schools of trevally can still be found around the beacons and areas that hold large congregations of bait. From Moon Point north there’s been schools of mac tuna and the odd longtail tuna. Casting metal slugs and soft plastics have been the best options; using lures like Sliders, Snapbacks, Raiders, Sluggo’s and Lazers. At the moment, the smaller the lure; the better as these fish are feeding on relatively small baitfish. We also anticipate the arrival of the spotted mackerel over the next few weeks.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Only a couple of trips offshore since our last report and again there have been some happy anglers returning with very respectable catches. The current had dropped from the previous week which was a real plus for those working soft plastics. Again the main species landed were snapper , parrot, hussar, pearl & moses perch, trag jew, red emperor, gold spot cod and coral trout, made up the rest of the catch. Again this week I don't have any report from the closer inshore reefs. This week has seen a return of the Sou- East, Easterlies with rougher conditions and the weekend could see Norwesters with hot conditions. The Inskip area has seen the return of golden trevally with some fish up to 30lbs. Further south the Teewah Beach has produced some big dart, a few tailor and whiting but into the evening has been the best time to fish. In the Straits around Carlo Island has been producing school jew, bream and a few trevally. Crabs have been quiet and with the lack of any fresh they will be way up in the headwaters of the creeks. Well thats it this week, so good Fishing.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Lenthall’s has been pretty quiet this week but should fire with the full moon. Bass are being caught on Zip n Ziggy’s and Gobo poppers during the morning and afternoon. During the day switching to blades, Jackals and Sliders has been working well. Barra are responding well to Squidgy boof frogs during the morning and afternoon, with Slick Rigs and X-raps being the lure of choice during the day. Water levels are currently 79% and continue to drop.

Lake Monduran Report
Lake Monduran has been a bit quiet during the week, however should fire around the full moon period. Casting soft plastics and suspending hardbody lures around the weed edges and drop offs has been successful. Trolling has also been a top method with some solid fish being caught on 3-4meter lures like Predatek Vipers, RMG Scorpions and Classic Barras. Water levels are continuing to drop daily which means the dirt ramp nearest the wall will soon be inaccessible.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
This week Sam, Scotty and his father Cleave booked a couple of days fishing in the bay, the weather was great with light winds and clear skies. Sam landed numerous mac tuna, golden trevally and spanish mackeral on plastics, the other boys also caught estuary cod, school mackeral and Cleave caught an 8kg painted sweetlip on a plastic and over a dozen trevally at a new spot 15 miles out. We even had a few triple hookups. Well done boys!

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