Weekly Report 5 Mar 10

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Weekly Report 5 Mar 10

Post by Brad » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:41 pm

Reports this week have been very quiet due to strong winds and heavy rain; however conditions are looking to improve for the weekend. Also reminder that as of the 1st of March 2010 the size limit of bream has increased to 25cm and Tailor has increased to 35cm. Quality bream and whiting can be found on the flats at the moment, due to the fresh pushing them out of the creeks. Fishing the incoming tide with live yabbies and worms has been working well. Small surface poppers are also very effective as they mimic a panic stricken prawn when twitched across the surface. Flathead are a good target around the creek mouths and rocky outcrops, with soft plastics producing some nice catches. Fishing the rocks at Gataker’s has seen some nice grunter caught on prawns, pillies and strips of herring. Bream, cod and blackall have been the other main species caught over the last week. For those fishing out of the boat, there’s also coral trout, sweetlip and golden trevally on offer.

The Burrum River system is running pretty fresh so reports have been pretty minimal. Good size barra are being caught in the downstream reaches around Black Bank. Live mullet, herring and prawns have been working well. Soft plastics and hardbody lures are another great option for chasing barra, some of the favourites being: Gulp Shrimp, Squidgy fish, Prawnstars, Tilsan Barras, Spoonbill’s and Bombers. This time of year mangrove jack are quite active and will take live baits, strip baits and a variety of lures. Mud crabs and prawns are running at the moment so don’t forget the cast net and crab pots. Majority of our reports for the inshore reefs this week have consisted of good numbers of grass sweetlip, blackall, cod, the odd coral trout and golden trevally. Small schools of longtail tuna up to 15kg can be found around the Channel Hole, Arti and the Outer Banks. The tuna are feeding on surface herring approximately 4 inches long so they should be an easy target on metal lures, 4-5in soft plastics and poppers.

Weather permitting, the Gutters is an excellent option this time of year for those chasing a feed of reefies. You can expect to catch: grass sweetlip, coral trout, red emperor, scarlets along with mackerel and cobia. Live baits of pike or yakkas
generally produce better results. Soft plastics like Berkley Gulps and Squidgy flickbaits are worth a try, with Lucanus jigs also producing their fair share of fish.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters - http://www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
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Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
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Lake Monduran Report
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Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Dave, Ken and Sai fished with me this week and caught 14 longtail tuna on poppers and plastics, the highlight of the day was this 20kg Giant Trevally taken on a snapback soft plastic fished deep under a baitball near moon point, Sai used a daiwa
certate 2500 with 20 pound daiwa braid with a light 15 pound flurocarbon leader, a great catch and the fish was revived and released unharmed, top effort boys.

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