Weekly Report 29 Apr 10

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Weekly Report 29 Apr 10

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:38 pm

The Urangan Pier has been producing a few whiting, bream and flathead in the first channel. As the weather starts to cool, we should see catches of better quality bream improve. Golden trevally averaging 6-7kg have been a good target off the end of the pier on live baits and metal spoons. Local squid (Southern Calamari) have started to turn up in small numbers, so make sure you’ve got a squid jig on hand at all times. We’ve had a few reports of quality summer whiting being caught at Shelly Beach and Toogoom. Live yabbies and worms have been working best. Winter whiting numbers are still fairly small but should improve over the next month. Try south of Round Island and around Toogoom. Drifting has been the best method; using worms, squid, yabbies and Gulp worms for bait. Good numbers of prawns can be found in the Mary/Susan system and channels adjacent to the heads. They can also be found down the straits, with smaller prawns in some of the creeks and larger specimens in the deeper creeks or in the channels of the straits.

Catches on the shallow reefs have mainly consisted of blackall and sweetlip. Gatakers has produced the odd snapper and grunter for those making the effort to head out early morning or night. Small numbers of snapper can be found on the arti, with better results coming from soft plastics. Those with heavier tackle can try fishing live baits for coral trout and cod. You can also expect to catch mackerel and golden trevally over the inshore reefs. The Fairway Buoy has been a bit hit and miss this week for pelagics, however there’s been a few golden trevally and school and spanish mackerel caught. Live baiting has been the best method, with metal spoons and soft plastics being another option. Plenty of small snapper can be found in the vicinity as well and will be a good target on fresh bait or soft plastics. For the sports fishos, longtail and mac tuna can be found around Wathumba. Metal slugs, Snapbacks and poppers have all been working well. Some small schools of longtail tuna have also made there way south, so will be more available to those with smaller boats. Golden trevally can also be found over the shallow reefs in the Wathumba area.

Rooney’s has been producing plenty of small snapper (squire), with the odd quality snapper on offer. Butterflied yakkas, pike, fresh squid, pillies and soft plastics have been doing the trick. Expect to catch blackall, sweetlip and spanish mackerel as well. Weather permitting; the Southern Gutters is a good option this time of year. Over the last week anglers have managed mixed bags including: coral trout, sweetlip, hussar, cod, spangled emperor and mangrove jack. Fishing live baits should prove successful, however don’t be afraid to try soft plastics or Lucanus jigs. If you start losing fish to sharks, move on as there’s no need to waste quality fish.

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The last week has seen more longtail tuna action on plastics and fly as well as a few golden trevally, broad barred mackeral and queenfish. The winter season is fast approaching and fingers crossed for a big snapper season ahead.

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