Weekly Report 5 Feb 10

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Weekly Report 5 Feb 10

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:05 am

Weather conditions over the last week have limited angling opportunities so reports have been a bit scarce. However improved conditions over the upcoming weekend should see boaties heading further afield. The first channel of the Urangan Pier has been producing summer whiting on yabbies and worms, as have local beaches such as Shelley, Torquay and Pialba. A few garfish continue to be caught in the same area. King tides and rough weather have adversely effected fishing at the pier, however, conditions are improving now, so expect the odd school and broad-barred mackerel, golden trevally, queenfish or GT. Live baits have been working best, with a few fish landed on metal spoons and blades. At night, pencil squid are still on offer with the darker nights producing better results. Good numbers of salmon can be found in the Little Susan and the lower reaches of the Mary River. Live baiting with prawns and herring should see good results. A variety of lures are also very effective on salmon, some of the likes being: Gulp shrimp, Bombers etc. Prawns and crabs will be another good option after the recent flush of fresh water.

Barra season is now open and is shaping up to be a good one. Try fishing smaller tides in the Mary/Susan, Burrum, Gregory and larger creeks throughout the Straits. We have a great local fishery for these iconic sportfish that whilst not in the same numbers as further north; they surely make up for it in size. Numerous lure options plus live baiting techniques are successful, drop in and see the boys at Tackleworld for any hints or tips. When chasing barra please practice catch and release when possible, as a bag limit of 5 fish for an area such as ours is quite ridiculous. Not much effort has been made in the bay over the last week due to the weather. Expect to catch sweetlip, blackall, cod, the odd coral trout and trevally on the inshore reefs. A variety of soft plastics and fresh baits have been producing the goods, with some quality fish being trolled up on the shallow reefs. Weather permitting the gutters will be a great option, with Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Scarlets and Cod. Good numbers of pelagics will also be around consisting of mackerel, tuna and cobia.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
No Report.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Prior to the rain; the barra at Lake Lenthalls have been quite active on surface presentations. Standout lures have been Squidgy Boof Frogs, Berkley frogs and Tango Dancers. Fish are being caught all hours of the day, particularly early morning and late afternoon. Subsurface lures like Squidgy Slick Rigs and Hollowbellies have also been proving successful.

Lake Monduran Report
Monduran Dam has risen 1.5 meters in 2 days after the heavy rain, expect a rise of 2 meters overall. The dam has been fishing very well, particularly the points and drop offs for casters. A major rise in water level like this is likely to see a lot of fish caught trolling the lower reaches of the lake. The main basin is still clear, but expect dirtier water from run off in all feeder creeks and upriver.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Dave Loh and Mick flew up from sydney for a couple of days fishing with me on the bay and had some excellent weather conditions for fishing, Longtail Tuna, Mac Tuna, Barracuda and Golden Trevally were just a few of the captures made by the boys.

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