Weekly Report 17 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 17 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:41 pm

Good numbers of pencil squid have turned up throughout the bay, with the Urangan Pier being one of the hot spots. Small jigs like Tataki and Yo-zuri squid jigs have been working best. The first channel of the pier has also been producing whiting, gar and flathead. The second channel has seen catches of queenfish, giant trevally and the odd school mackerel. Night has been pretty quiet with most catches consisting of catfish and sharks. Mangrove jack have been very active due to the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing. The creeks along the western side of Fraser Island along with the Burrum River systems have been fishing particularly well. Live bait, strip baits and lures have all been working with fish being caught both day and night. Throughout the straits the creek mouths have been fishing well for flathead on soft plastics and live baits. You can expect cod and grunter around the deeper holes and ledges, with the odd jewie being caught as well. Salmon are still an option throughout the Mary and Susan River systems but have been pretty scattered.

Toogoom fisho’s have also been reporting some nice flathead, grunter, bream and big whiting. The inshore reefs have been producing the usual species relative to the time of year, with grass sweetlip, coral trout, cod, blackall and a few late season snapper. Squid are also on offer whilst fishing the shallow reefs, so don’t forget the squid jigs. Spotted mackerel have been a good target over the last week with fish up to 5kg being reported. You can expect to find the schools between Coongul and Rooney’s. Metal slugs around 40-50g are ideal, if the fish are a bit finicky try switching to soft plastic baitfish imitations. Some big longtail tuna, up to 20kg are also being caught around the Rooney’s area on 20-40g slugs and soft plastics. Out wider there’s also been a few school of yellowfin tuna up to 15kg. The reefs around Rooney’s has produced a mixed bag including scarlets up to 3kg, plenty of grass sweetlip, a few blackall and spanish mackerel. Sharks have been a bit of a problem as well. Fishing the outer reefs (across the bar, the shoals etc.) when the weather allows has been productive with catches of big red emperor, red-throat, tusk fish and maori cod.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
Welcome to another Fishing Report from Rainbow Beach. Firstly to those with us on Charter last week my apologies for not getting your Pics on the Web and also for missing my report, the first for a long time. Sometimes there are just not enough days in the week and I was also involved last Thursday in a clean up of Laurie Hanson Park with the Progress Association, what a great job was done by all and a lot of sweat lost. To those that did get offshore last week they really did enjoy consistant catches. It was great to see the appearance of dolphin fish again and they really did provide entertainment with there leaps from the water before being landed. Snapper have again made up the bulk of the catch, although some good schools of pearlies have shown up again.

Other species taken over the last week included moses perch, parrot, tomato cod, cobia, dweetlip, and gold spot wrasse. The south east to north west weather pattern has continued to deliver a lot of dry air over us with ideal conditions for offshore anglers, but how long will it last.Humidity has increased so hopefully it will rain shortly, probably when not forecast , lets hope Xmas & Boxing day are dry. All tracks leading to the Beach have very dry, soft sand so take extreme care on these especially the Freshwater track.You could get through to DI Point from Rainbow this week but next week could be difficult with the smaller tides and the timber on the beach. Inskip point continues to produce some big golden trevally and there have been reports of catches of big muddies from the creeks. That is it for this week, and possibly the last before Xmas, so to all those Anglers that have supported us again this year we wish you a Safe & Happy Xmas.Tony Stewart

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
The bass have started to fire out at Lenthalls over the last week. A variety of lures have been working well including: Slider’s, Squidgy fish, spinnerbaits (red, purple, white etc) blades and an assortment of diving minnows. During the morning and afternoon sessions surface lures like Cultiva Zip n Ziggys and Gobo poppers have been doing the trick. Barra are still being caught in consistent numbers, with most fish averaging 60-75cm. Squidgy boof frogs have been working best during the morning and afternoon. As the sun gets a bit higher, switching to a Squidgy Slick Rig, Hollowbelly or Rapala X-rap has been proving successful. Just a reminder that as of the end of this month, all two stroke motors will be not be allowed on the dam excluding E-tec motors. The only motors to be allowed on the water will be E-tec’s, four strokes and electric motors.

Lake Monduran Report
Plastics are still proving to be the most effective lures at the dam with the likes of Squidgy Slick Rigs and Hollowbellies bearing good results. Slow rolling these plastics along the drop offs has been working during the day. There’s been a lot of boofing at night, however these fish can be hard to catch. Fishing those areas once the boofing stops can be successful. There hasn’t been much effort with trollers the past week but should still produce a few fish. Due to dropping water levels the gully ramp nearest the wall is near inaccessible.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
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