14 Jan 10

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14 Jan 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:12 pm

Hervey Bay
Along the beaches there’s been some nice whiting caught around Shelly Beach and Pialba. Live yabbies and worms have been working best, however some keen anglers have been targeting them on soft plastics and poppers. The incoming tide should see best results. Around the rock groynes there’s been the odd flathead as well as garfish. The first channel of the Urangan Pier has been producing some nice bream and flathead along with garfish and the odd whiting. Live bait has been resulting in a mixed bag in the second channel with reports of queenfish, golden trevally, school and broad-barred mackerel and giant trevally. At night, squid have been a good option and are being caught on small squid jigs. A few sharks are also being caught at night for those with heavier tackle. The recent rain we’ve been receiving has resulted in an excellent run of mud crabs in most rivers and creeks. Crabs are even being caught over adjacent flats in some areas due to the fresh pushing them out of the creeks. Prawns are also being caught in good numbers, particularly in the Burrum system with all four rivers an option.

We anticipate the Mary system to fire soon, though a few are already on offer in small numbers in the back of feeder creeks. Quality mangrove jack are being caught in the creeks on the western side of Fraser Island. They’ve been taking live and strip baits along with a mixture of soft plastic and hardbody presentations.Some of the popular lures have been Predatek Spoonbills, Tilsan Barras, RMG Scorpions and Prawnstars. Plenty of bream are being caught in the same creeks, with a few whiting, flathead and the odd grunter on offer. The flats along the island have been producing a few golden trevally and queenfish, this is a great opportunity to target them on fly and soft plastics. The shallow reefs have been fishing well for sweetlip, blackall, cod and the odd coral trout during the early morning. A few quality grunter are also being caught around the Point Vernon/Gatakers reefs. Fresh bait has been the key, with good results coming from pencil squid and hardiheads. Soft plastics like Berkley Gulps and Squidgy flickbaits have also accounted for their fair share of fish. Boge’s hole and the other reefs in that vicinity have been producing good sweetlip, blackall and cod; again fresh bait has been the key. Similar story with the other reefs further north like the arti, yet numbers of fish aren’t as good yet.

There have been a few sharks in the area as well so you may need to change locations once they move in. Pencil squid are still around in good numbers, so don’t forget the squid jigs as they make excellent live and dead bait. Copious quantities of tuna can be found throughout the bay, mostly mac tuna in the 4-8kg. Good schools can be found from Coongul to Rooneys and have been responding well to 3-5 inch soft plastics like Snapbacks, Sliders and Squidgy Flickbaits as well as 20-40g metal slugs and slices. Spotties can be found in the same areas, however numbers have dropped off a bit and it’s hard to get past the tuna. The Fairway Buoy has been holding mixed schools of trevally (tea leaf, golden, GT’s), small yellowtail kingfish and tuna. A few small black marlin have been caught and sighted in the Rooney’s to Breaksea Spit area, however numbers have been down on last year.

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
Lenthall’s is currently at 92% capacity, the recent rain saw it rise by 600mm. The water is a bit dirty however still quite reasonable. Both the bass and barra have been active throughout the day. Surface lures during the morning and afternoon sessions have seen good results. Popular lures have been Squidgy Boof Frogs and Tango Dancers for the barra, with Gobo poppers and Zip n Ziggy’s working well on the bass. During the middle of the day, switching to soft plastics and various diving minnows should produce the goods. The road into the dam is a bit rougher after the rain so take care and slow down.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran has risen a good 2 feet since the rain, with excellent water clarity. Water temperatures have been around 28C over night and rising during to in excess of 30C. The barra have fired up since the rain with most fish taken casting soft plastics around the edges or standing timber in around 7-12ft deep. Squidgy Slick Rigs, Hollowbellies and Storm Bait n Switch have been the lures of choice. Bass are getting caught in good numbers over the flats, even taking barra lures on occasion. The ‘gully ramp’ nearest the wall is again useable yet shallow.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
This past week has seen some overcast rainy weather but that didn’t stop us putting clients onto some good fish.

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