Weekly Report 8 Apr 10

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Weekly Report 8 Apr 10

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:24 pm

Fishing in the bay is really starting to fire with exceptional weather over the Easter period allowing anglers to get out on the water, with some great catches reported. This good weather is predicted to continue over the weekend and into early next week so we should see the fishing go from strength to strength. The Urangan Pier has been a popular spot over the Easter long weekend and school holiday period. Whiting, bream and flathead are being caught in the first channel, with some of the better bream being caught at night. Live baiting off the end of the pier has been successful for queenfish, golden trevally and the odd school mackerel. Metal spoons like Flashas and Mack Specials have also been doing the trick. A few winter whiting have turned up already. So far the numbers have been pretty small; however they’re of good size. South of Round Island has been producing the best specimens, with a few catches reported off Toogoom. Live yabbies, worms, squid and Berkley Gulp worms have been the baits of choice. Prawns are still running, with best numbers in the Mary and Susan River systems and down the Straits.

Good quality mud crabs are also being caught. Just a reminder for those that chase and crabs, that witches hat crab pots are now no longer allowed in Queensland Bream and whiting can be found on the flats throughout the Straits. Live yabbies and worms have been working well, however small surface poppers and soft plastics have been catching a lot of the larger specimens. A few salmon are working the creek mouths, live baits, bombers and soft plastics have been producing the goods. Mangrove jack have been a bit quiet over the last few weeks due to the fresh, however have fired up again this week.

The lower reaches of the Mary River has been producing the odd threadfin salmon and barra. Live prawns have been working particularly well, along with mullet and herring. Drop into Fisherman’s Corner for any advice on which lures to use. Unfortunately news of a significant commercial catch of salmon has knocked stocks around. The lower to mid reaches have also seen some nice bream and grunter caught. The inshore reefs have seen some nice fish caught over the last week; with coral trout, heaps of cod, grass sweetlip and blackall on offer. Live baits, prawns and pillies have been working best. Berkley Gulp soft plastics are another good option and work on a variety of reef species and should be a gun lure during the approaching snapper season. There’s been plenty to report for the sports fisho’s with good size longtail tuna being found in the Wathumba and Rooney’s area. Metal slugs, Snapbacks and Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers have been the lures of choice. Golden trevally have also been around in numbers on the reefs throughout Platypus Bay. Spanish mackerel up to 25kg are being caught at the Fairway Buoy, Outer Banks and 6 Mile.

They’re taking live baits, jigs, vibes, spoons and dead baits. Be sure to have some heavy single strand wire in the boat as they’ve been biting through 80lb wire. Just a reminder that no spanish mackerel can be taken east of the line from Coongul to Rooney’s due to Ciguatera risk. Some nice school mackerel are also being caught on the 6 Mile usingthe same methods. With the good weather, this will be an excellent opportunity for those anglers with larger vessels to venture out to the Southern Gutters. This time of year you can expect to catch coral trout, grass sweetlip, cod and a variety of other reef species. Quality red emperor are also being caught, with the larger specimens being landed at night.

Rainbow Beach Report courtesy Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters -www.rainbowbeachfishing.com.au Ph: 07 54868666
I have not heard any reports from offshore this week, although a few vessels have been out .In the straits mud crabs continue to be taken, but a lot of bucks are empty so you would be best to let the rattlers go to fatten up. Whats the point in killing a crab, if there is no meat in the body. Flathead are in good numbers around Pelican Bay and up the inside of Fraser Is and the BIG Trevally (Golden) are back at Inskip Pt. Live Bait will be your best chance to land one of these monsters. My report last week was critical of the area for assessment off Fraser Island ,this is for all forms of Angling whether you are Charter, Professional,or Recreational. Certain comments of mine may have been deleted for Legal or Political reasons I assume. Look, really all Fishers out of this area should be very concerned. I know my Business could be in jeopardy and all others dependent on the area in question.Then you have the flow on to all businesses especially Tourism at Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. There is a meeting at Tin Can Bay on 22nd April at 10.30am so to all Businesses that are interested in there future be there.
Till next week - Take care on the water. Tony Stewart

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
Reports from Lenthalls have been pretty quiet due to the dirty water, with only the odd barra landed recently. Water temperatures are sitting at around 26C, reaching 28C in some pockets. Light northerly winds later this week should see the fishing pick up.

Lake Monduran Report
Similar story for Monduran, the water still hasn’t settled enough in the backwaters for the barra to move back over the flats. Best bet is still to fish the deeper areas adjacent to banks. Over Easter, most fish were caught trolling the main basin and bass strait. There’s also been Reports of plenty of boofing at night over deep water areas. Perhaps another couple of weeks before the barra will settle into the usual flats and ridges terrain.

Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
Introducing my new guide Craig Nothling, Craig has extensive saltwater flyfishing knowledge and has flyfished in salt and freshwater for over 35 years. Craig’s boat is set up as a sistership to the first boat and is fully set up for fly and lurecasting with a fore and aft cast deck, removeable flyfishing platform on the bow, built in esky and has a range of over 300km. Craig will be operating full time after july 2010.

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