Weekly Report 6 May 10

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Weekly Report 6 May 10

Post by Brad » Thu May 06, 2010 9:14 pm

The Urangan Pier has been a bit hit and miss this week. However expect to catch whiting, bream and flathead in the first channel. For those with heavier tackle, golden trevally and school mackerel are on offer at the end of the pier. Live herring have accounted for most catches along with metal spoons. Local squid are starting to turn up so make sure you’ve got a squid jig or two on hand. Bream are starting to move in around the rocky foreshores, the piers and the creeks on the western side of Fraser. As the weather starts to cool we should numbers improve along with larger specimens. Fresh baits like mullet, gut, strips of herring and prawns have been working best. Soft plastics and metal blades also produce excellent results. The creek mouths have also seen some quality flathead caught on live baits and soft plastics.

Over the last week some nice mangrove jack have been landed in the Gregory, Burrum, Isis and various creeks throughout the Straits. April is typically your last chance at chasing these fish as the bite starts to slow down with the cooler weather. Jacks respond well to a variety of baits including hardiheads, strips of mullet, live mullet and prawns. Soft plastics account for some quality fish along with hardbody lures like Tilsan Barras, Bombers and Predatek Spoonbills. Our excellent prawn run continues, with prawns scattered throughout most of the local rivers and creeks. The Susan River seems to producing quite well at present. Mud crabs are still on offer so don’t forget the pots. The inshore reefs have been fishing well for decent grass sweetlip, blackall and a few small snapper (squire). Soft plastics have been producing the better quality fish, with Berkley Gulps and Squidgies proving popular.

Those fishing live baits on heavier gear can expect coral trout and cod. Golden trevally, school and spanish mackerel are also on the cards and can be targeted on livies, metal spoons and Snapbacks. Weather permitting; the Gutters is a good option this time of year for catches of 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. Sharks have been a major problem so move on if you hit a patch of them. Those that managed to fish the Sandy Cape Shoals during the good spells of weather; we’re rewarded with quality red throat emperor, tuskfish, coronation trout and red emperor along with various other reef species.

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Fishing Report from Local Guide, Mark “Bargy” Bargenquast.
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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