Weely Report 8 Jan 10

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Weely Report 8 Jan 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:19 pm

Along the beaches there’s been some nice summer whiting and garfish caught, with Shelly Beach being a popular spot. Yabbies, worms and prawns have been the baits of choice. The first channel of the Urangan Pier has also been producing bream and the odd flathead in the first channel. Live bait is readily available, with plenty of pike and herring around at the moment. The second channel has been producing golden trevally, school and broad-barred mackerel and the odd GT. Live herring fished unweighted or under a float have been working well. Metal spoons like Flasha’s and Mack Specials have also been effective, with some quality fish being taken on soft plastics. During the night, sharks have been a good target on heavier gear with shovelnose, hammerhead and reef shark’s on offer. Pencil squid continue to be a good target at night, with catches improving after the full moon. Small squid jigs are working best in a variety of colours drop into Tackleworld Hervey Bay and ask the boys what’s been working.

Due to the amount of rain we’ve received of late, there’s been an excellent run of mud crabs in the local rivers and creeks so don’t forget the crab pots. In the Susan and Mary River systems threadfin salmon can be found feeding on jelly prawns as the creeks drain, this can make them a bit trickier to catch. Try fishing the top of the tide as they are more likely to take a bait or lure. Grunter can be found around the lower and mid reaches and will take a variety of baits and soft plastics. The lower reaches have been fishing well for summer whiting and quality flathead. In the Burrum River mangrove jack have been very active due to the warm/steamy weather and are readily taking live baits, strip baits, soft plastics and hard body lures. Some of the gun lures have been Predatek Spoonbill’s, Bombers, Reidy’s Lil Lucifers, Tilsan Barras and a variety of baitfish and prawn imitation soft plastics. Grunter and cod are also on offer in the lower to mid reaches. The shallow reefs have been producing the usual species relative to this time of year with mixed catches of cod, blackall, sweetlip, grunter and the odd coral trout. Trolling hardbodies can also pick up the odd mackerel and trevally. The artificial reef and other various inshore reefs have been fishing well for similar species, with queenfish and trevally also on offer. Don’t forget to pack the squid jigs as there are plenty of pencil squid around and make excellent live and dead bait.

On the light tackle game scene there’s been a few small black marlin caught over the last 2 weeks. Most fish have been encountered between Wathumba and Rooney’s and inside the Breaksea Spit. Spotted mackerel can be found throughout Platypus Bay, some of the better quality fish coming wide of Rooney’s. Schools of mac tuna and the odd longtail can be found in the same areas and have been responding well to 20-40g metal slugs and soft plastics. The Fairway Buoy has also been holding schools of yellowtail kingfish, queenfish, golden and tea leaf trevally.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
The weather has continued to be windy, and wet again as I write this with very little sun since Sunday. You would have to feel sorry for those out camping, where in some instances they are still denied the right to light a fire. Lets hope the Sun shines soon for these people who put so much into our economy. Due to the Soueast change on Sunday the weather has been not all that good for venturing offshore. Sunday produced a good mixed bag of reefies that included snapper, parrot, trag jew, moses & pearl perch and spangled emperor. As I write our vessel is still offshore today and I beleive the mackerel are back on the bite. Last week the spotties & spaniards were a bit quieter as they are constantly hounded by sharks. The current has again picked up on the wider grounds, so at the moment you would be better sticking to the closer reefs. There is nothing to report from the beach, but the mud crabs are still being potted in the straits, and this should continue with the fresh runoff from the creeks.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Lenthalls dam has risen ½ metre with the recent rain, the water is a bit dirty but still fishable. Both bass and barra have been caught over the last few weeks, however this weather has quietened things down. Surface lures continue to catch fish in the morning and afternoon sessions, with plastics working best as the day progresses.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran has risen 18 inches with the rain, which has left very little weed on the surface. Water temperatures have been pretty stable, around 27-28C and the clarity is excellent. The fishing has been a bit quiet due to the rainy weather but should pick up as the weather improves. Soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs and Hollowbellies have been the lures of choice when casting. Trolling Predatek’s and Classic Barras around the main basin and river courses should also produce fish.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Happy new year! My first charter for 2010 started well with Jay and his father Peter driving up from brisbane to have a fish in hervey bay. The day started slowly with a few goldys sighted on the flats but due to overcast weather we fished the deeper water with plastics and scored a 10kg spanish mackeral first cast, then 3 big golden trevally followed by yet another diamond trevally. Diamond Trevally are a rare catch in the bay and are always welcome!

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