Weekly Report 22 Jan 10

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Weekly Report 22 Jan 10

Post by Brad » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:05 pm

Hervey Bay
The Urangan Pier has been a popular spot over the school holiday period with young and old anglers alike having success. The first channel has been producing summer whiting, quality flathead and a few garfish. The second channel has seen good catches of golden trevally, the odd tuna, GT’s and a few broad-barred mackerel. Live bait has been the most popular method; however some nice fish are also being caught on metal spoons and soft plastics. Along the beaches, summer whiting have been a good target at Shelly Beach, Pialba and around the mouth of Eli Creek. Live yabbies and worms have been working best, with a few anglers targeting them on small soft plastics and poppers. Around the rock groynes there’s also been some nice flathead, Mangrove jack are very active at the moment with some nice specimens caught over the last week. The creeks on the western side of Fraser and the Burrum system have been fishing particularly well. At the moment jacks are being caught on live and strip baits along with a variety of lures. Some of the favourites have been Prawnstars, Spoonbill’s, Bombers and prawn imitation soft plastics. There’s been a few threadfin salmon caught in the Susan and Mary River systems but have been pretty finicky and hard to catch.

Flathead can be found around the creek mouths throughout the Straits, with some quality whiting coming off the flats. The shallow reefs have been fishing well for sweetlip, blackall, cod and the odd around the Point Vernon/Gatakers reefs. Fresh bait has been the key, with good results coming from pencil squid and hardiheads. Trevally and tarpon have also been a good target off the rocks for sport fisherman, and are being caught on surface lures and soft plastics. 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.

This week we’ve also had a few reports of good snapper which isn’t usual for this time of year. Good numbers of pelagics can be found throughout Platypus Bay and Rooney’s area. Big schools of golden trevally can be found around the Wathumba reefs as well as sweetlip and blackall. Spotted mackerel are still being caught; however numbers have gone down a bit. Mixed schools of tuna have been good targets on soft plastics, fly and metal slugs. This is the time of year to start fishing the Gutters for a variety of reef fish including: cod, coral trout, red emperor, scarlets and sweetlip. Recent reports suggest that sharks have been a big problem on the ledges. If you hit a patch of them move along to avoid killing decent fish. Expect good numbers of pelagics as well including: mackerel, tuna and cobia.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
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Lake Monduran Report
Extremely hot conditions at Lake Monduran have seen a number of fish move into deeper water. Trolling these deeper waters like the main basin and main river course has been proving a successful method. Lures like Predatek’s, Classic Barras and RMG’s have been working well. Casting soft plastics to gently sloping banks adjacent to deeper water or drop offs is also producing well, particularly during the early morning and late afternoon sessions.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
James from western sydney booked me for two days with two mates Daniel and Milo. After two days fishing we caught GT’s on poppers, got smoked by 2 bigger ones, queenfish, mac tuna and spotty mackeral and got spooled once! A great trip boys!

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