Weekly Report 28 Jan 10

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Weekly Report 28 Jan 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:16 pm

Hervey Bay
The Urangan Pier has been fishing well this week with mixed bags from the first and second channel. Good numbers of garfish can be found in the first channel at the moment and make a tasty meal or excellent live or dead bait. Fishing dough baits, prawn tails and yabbies under a float has been the most productive method. Whiting and flathead have also been on offer, squid being a good target at night. The second channel has been producing GT’s, golden trevally, queenfish, school mackerel and a few broad-barred mackerel. Live bait has been the best option, with a few fish being taken on metal spoons. Kingfisher Jetty has been pretty quiet this week, however there’s plenty of bait around which has seen some nice golden trevally caught. Soft plastics have been effective on trevally as well and often produce a variety of by-catch. There’s also been good numbers of local squid so don’t forget the squid jigs.

Good size flathead are being caught at Toogoom on both bait and soft plastics, with some nice fish being weighed in at the Toogoom fishing comp. Golden trevally are being trolled up out the front along the drop off, with a few nice school mackerel also being caught. Prawns can still be found in the Burrum so don’t forget the cast net. 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. 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.

Good numbers of mac tuna can be found around the Station Hill and Rooney’s area and are a good target on fly, soft plastics and small metal slugs. The spotted mackerel have started to thin out a fair bit however they’re still an option. A few small black marlin have been caught around the Breaksea spit, with wahoo and spanish mackerel on offer outside. 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. The east coast barramundi closure also finishes at midday on the 1st of February. Recent reports from the Burrum and Mary systems suggest we should have a good season this year, if they can make it past the nets. Drop in and see the boys at Tackleworld to see which lures and techniques to use.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
The fine run of weather has continued on, but the crowds have gone. What a transformation from last week as School has returned. Early in the week the mackerel were being caught in good numbers, but may have slowed over the last couple of days. Spanish mackerel have been in better numbers again with more fish in the 10-20 kilo range being landed. Bull sharks have been a constant problem taking more than there fair share of hooked mackerel on a lot of the reefs. Bottom fishing for reefies has been slow on the closer grounds with only a few snapper, pearl & poses perch, sweetlip, trag jew, and the odd maori cod being landed.

In ideal conditions last Sunday a few mixed reefies were landed on the wider reefs, these included pearl & moses perch, snapper, hussar, parrot & coronation cod. On the Beach scene Wayne at Rainbow Beach tackle reports there have been whiting & dart taken from the Oakes area to Middle Rock. Big golden trevally are still about the Inskip area with live whiting your best bait. In the straits mud and sand crabs are continuing to be potted even though we havn't really had a big run off. Well till next week Good Fishing, and hopefully a good rain.
Tony Stewart.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
No Report.

Lake Monduran Report
Water levels are starting to drop again at Lake Monduran with 20cm over the last week. Warm temperatures have seen fish move into deeper water so casting soft plastics along drops offs, submerged timber and sloping banks adjacent to deeper water should do the trick. Trolling at night has also been quite effective with some nice fish landed.

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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