Weekly Report 17 Jun 10

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Weekly Report 17 Jun 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:58 pm

Hervey Bay
Mother Nature really is a great conservationist, as we’ve seen lately, with westerly winds and cold rainy conditions keeping many fishos at home. Those that have taken advantage of the breaks in the weather have enjoyed good fishing for bream, whiting, tailor and squid, whilst snapper in most locations remain elusive. Shorebased anglers have had plenty of options, with Urangan Pier fishing very well for bream, flathead, tailor, and a few school mackerel. River Heads is a good option for bream, tailor and school mackerel, though watch the size limit on the tailor and mackerel. Burrum Heads continues to produce bream, flathead and pike. Expect to get queenfish and trevally at times in the same area, particularly on live pike. The rocky foreshores from Pialba to Pt Vernon have seen a good run of quality bream, with blackall and grass sweetlip also gracing bags at night-time. All of the above locations are likely spots to find quality local squid at present, so make sure you have a squid jig or two handy.

Kingfisher Bay Resort jetty continues to fish well for squid, bream and flathead. A few jewies (mulloway) have also turned up at night recently on live baits. Apart from the jetty, jew have also been caught in recent weeks from River Heads and Pt Vernon. Jewies are a night-time target and an avid taker of lures, both hard and soft. Just watch the size limit of 75cm as there are a lot of undersized fish around. Winter whiting seem to be gathering in better numbers and sizes. Latest hotspots have been off Toogoom/Dundowran, bottom of Big Woody and south of Urangan Harbour. Snapper have been a bit disappointing so far this year after what was a promising start. Reports are few and far between, with a few fish from the Burrum 8 Mile, Arch Cliffs 6 Mile, Rooneys and the Outer Banks. The Arti has been very quiet again this past week, possibly due to a general lack of bait in the area. Small numbers of quality snapper and better numbers of squire are to be found off Wathumba. Expect this area to improve next month.

The Sandy Straits have started to fish better for flathead around the creeks and drains. Most creek systems will hold flathead throughout winter, which are any easy target on lures as the tide drains the creek. Quality summer whiting can be found over the flats and up the smaller creeks on the western side of Fraser on larger tides. Bream are in excellent numbers and condition virtually everywhere at present and are a great distraction on small lures and soft plastics. Sportfishos have done it a bit tough of late, though small schools of tuna continue to turn up off Platypus Bay and golden trevally can be found over many of the reefs.

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Once again the weather hasn't been very kind to us, as it always seems to rain or blow over long weekends. We have just managed 2 Charters since last week, with 3 others cancelled due to rough seas. Winds got to 30-35 knots for a few days, with heavy showers, not the best camping weather either. There looks like a few good days ahead,before more wind early next week. Our Charters have been returning with good catches once again. There are still plenty of school mackerel about and last Saturday a crew I hadn't seen for 5 years had a blinder on light gear. They threw plenty of soft plastics , lures & baits, at the mackies to provide great sport. Other species landed have been snapper, pearl & moses perch, parrot, scarletts, grass sweetlip and amberjack to 22kgs. On the Beach there have been tailor, jew and very good flathead landed towards DI Point and beach travel is once again excellent. In the Straits there are still a few flatties around Pelican Bay area and mud crabs are still being potted in reasonable numbers. Last week I said the submission regarding the Fraser Is AFA would be on my website, unfortunately time did not permit so it will be up saturday. There are many meetings taking place, planned forums and rallies regarding this issue being organised right now. We will keep you posted.
Until next week, Good Fishing, Tony Stewart 54868666.

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