Weekly Report 15 May 10

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Weekly Report 15 May 10

Post by Brad » Sat May 15, 2010 3:56 pm

Patches of good weather have seen anglers venturing further a field this week with some nice catches reported from both inshore and out wide. As winter approaches we should more of these glassed out days along with the arrival of our winter species like bream, winter whiting, tailor and snapper. The Urangan Pier has been a productive spot this week. Those fishing the first channel have picked up whiting, bream and the odd garfish. Yabbies have been working best for the whiting and gar, with strip and gut baits being the bait of choice for bream. Small soft plastics jigged along the pylons and under the pier have also accounted for a few larger bream. The end of the pier has been fishing well with live bait for quality golden trevally, longtail tuna up to 13kg and school and broad barred mackerel.

Winter whiting numbers are starting to improve, however the quality of fish has been quite good with fish up to 25cm being caught. South of the harbour has been the most productive spot with catches also being reported at Toogoom. Live yabbies, squid, worms and Gulp worms have all been successful. 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.

Catches from the Burrum have consisted of whiting, bream, flathead, tailor and the odd trevally around the lower reaches. Trolling hardbody lures like Spoonbills and Manns 10+ has been one of the popular methods for chasing the tailor and flathead. The mid reaches have seen some nice grunter caught along with cod and the odd mangrove jack. 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. There’s been quite a few half full crabs so make sure you check them before you keep them for a feed. 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 andSnapbacks. Anglers should take advantage of the good weather while it lasts and try fishing the Gutters for 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.

Freshwater Report-Lake Lenthalls Report
The water at Lenthalls Dam is starting to clear up in the main basin, with clearer water being found in the back bays. After the large amounts of rain we received there are a lot more shallow bays and likely terrain to explore. A few of the locals have been catching bass on live yabbies and shrimp, with the odd fish being caught on blades. Those chasing barra have been putting in the hard yards with only the odd fish being landed. Fish are averaging 70-80cm and are taking Slick Rigs and surface presentations.

Lake Monduran Report-No Report.

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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