Weekly Report 17 Apr 10

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Weekly Report 17 Apr 10

Post by Brad » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:14 pm

A good run of weather last week allowed boaties to hit the water with plenty of good fish caught. Conditions this week have deteriorated a bit with stronger SE winds and rain predicted. The first channel of the Urangan Pier has been producing some nice flathead, bream and small numbers of summer whiting. Quality golden trevally are being caught off the end of the pier on live baits and metal spoons, with a few school mackerel also being caught. For those with heavier tackle, the odd GT up to 14kg has been landed. 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.

We’re still experiencing an excellent run of prawns in our local rivers and creeks, a few mud crabs are on offer as well so don’t forget the pots. Recent warmer weather saw some good catches of mangrove jack in the western creeks of Fraser Island and down the Straits. April is typically one of the last months to target them as the weather starts to cool down and the bite tapers off. Threadfin Salmon have been pretty quiet due to commercial pressure, however a few nice barra have been caught in the Mary and down the Straits. A few snapper are starting to show up over the inshore reefs eg. The Arti. So far they’ve only turned up in small numbers however there’s quality fish up to 7kg amongst them. We anticipate a better snapper run this year compared to last year, it’s only early days however as winter approaches we should see numbers start to improve. Apart from snapper you can expect to find the usual species relative to this time of year, including: grass sweetlip, blackall, cod and coral trout.

Terrific numbers of mackerel are scattered throughout the bay with good reports of both spanish mackerel and school mackerel. Some of the more productive spots have been the Fairway Buoy, 6 Mile, Burrum 8 Mile and the Outer Banks. Expect to see these fish also filter over the local reefs. A variety of methods have been producing fish including: live baiting, trolling and spinning. It’s a good idea to also carry some heavy single strand wire around 80-100lb as the spanish mackerel have a tendency to bite through lighter line. For the sports fisho’s, scattered schools of longtail tuna and mac tuna can be found around Wathumba and Rooney’s. Metal slugs from 20-40g have been working well along with Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper’s and Snapbacks. A few school size yellowfin tuna have been caught north of Rooney’s using the same methods. Large spanish mackerel can also be found in the same area along with golden trevally over the reefs in Platypus Bay. The good spell of weather last week saw a lot of anglers fishing the gutters with some good catches reported. Coral Trout and Cod were the highlights of most catches and were readily taking live baits. Other catches included: tuskfish, scarlets, hussar and blackall. With the outlook for the rest of the week it looks like angler’s will have to wait for another good patch of weather.

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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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