Weekly Report 4 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 4 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:45 am

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Prolific schools of small baitfish in the bay continue to attract good numbers of tuna. Spotted mackerel have recently turned up as well. Most of the baitfish that these fish are feeding on are 1-2 inch rainfish and 3-4 inch frogmouth pilchards so match the hatch when choosing lures. 20-40 gram metal slugs should be ideal, if the fish are a bit finicky switch to a soft plastic like a Slider or flickbait. Look for these fish feeding on the surface, in the area from Arch Cliffs north to Rooneys. Spotties feed into the wind, so the more southerly or easterly weather the better. Spotted mackerel have a bag limit of five per person and a size limit of 60cm. Larger tides should see the shallow reefs fish well. You can expect to catch grass sweetlip, cod, coral trout, blackall and mackerel. Fresh and live baits will be the key, with a little berley helping to attract fish to the area. Being on the water very early in the morning is likely to see better results over shallow reefs. The first channel of the Urangan Pier has been producing catches of whiting, bream, flathead and garfish. There’s plenty of herring around at the moment which has been attracting golden trevally. As the wind eases off and the water clears we should see the school and broad barred mackerel return to the second channel. A few pencil squid are starting to show up. Squidding will be at its best when the moon is down and the water is clear.

Small squid jigs like Tataki’s have been working well. Summer whiting have been around in good numbers along the beaches. Shelly Beach has been producing some good specimens on live yabbies and worms. Small surface poppers are another good option for chasing whiting as they mimic a panic stricken prawn. Throughout the Sandy Straits there’s been good catches of flathead around the creek mouths and whiting on the flats. Soft plastics will be ideal for chasing flathead, with live yabbies/worms and surface poppers being the gun baits for whiting. Around the rocky fringes anglers have managed mixed bags of bream, cod, grunter and blackall, fresh bait being the key. Recent hot weather followed by rain has seen a good run of mud crabs throughout the local rivers and creeks. This should continue over the next week so don’t forget the crab pots. Mangrove Jack are becoming quite active throughout the Burrum River systems, due to warm, stormy weather. They are being caught during both day and night and are readily hitting livies, strip baits and lures. Grunter, flathead and cod are also being caught in good numbers on baits and soft plastics.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Xmas is nearly upon us or as some say the silly season, and bookings are good, so if you intend to do a Charter over the Holidays it would pay to book early. Last weekends weather was fair, with a Northerly of 10-20 knots and a Low barometer but catches were good with plenty of snapper on the chew. I get people calling & asking when is the best time to go Fishing so I suppose if we could all pick that there would be none left. The only sure answer is go when the weather is good & hope for the best. As mentioned snapper have again made up the bulk of the catch, not big but most in the 2-4 kilo range. Other species landed this week included pearl & moses perch, parrot, maori cod, and sweetlip. Pelagic species have been conspicuous by there absence, hopefully they will reappear soon.

As I write the soueaster is around 20 knots, hopefully this will abate as the forecast suggests. A big thank you to those returning Tagged Fish info as another good red emperor has been caught 170 kms North ,this fish doubled its lengh to 58 cms in 2 years. This was the first time this fish had been recaptured , where as some fish are recaptured 8 times before they are legal length. The Beach scene is quiet except for some big trevally captured at Inskip. Reports are also filtering in of mud crab captures as they start to move in the creeks with some big bucks potted.
Good Luck till next week, Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
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Lake Monduran Report
Last week water temperatures were peaking as high as 34C in some backwaters, and around 31C in the main basin. During the day barra have been progressively moving from the weed fringes to slightly deeper water around the drop offs and logs. Be prepared to anchor or tie up and pepper an area with lots of casts to stir them up. Soft plastics continue to catch a majority of the fish, some of the favourites being Squidgy Slick Rigs, Tsunami paddletails and Storm Bait n Switch’s. Anglers casting hard body lures have found the floating Rapala X-raps to be the lure of choice. Some good captures have also come from trolling Classic Barras and F18’s, RMG Scorpions and Vipers. This weekend is the Monduran round of the ABT competition with some 50 boats entered; this may cause some congestion at the ramp. Water levels continue to drop rapidly which will see the gully ramp nearest the wall inaccessible soon, which will cause major congestion hassles at the other ramps, particularly when the school holidays start.

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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