Weekly Report 11 Jul 10

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Weekly Report 11 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:25 pm

Weather conditions this week have been pretty average which has limited angler's activities. Those that headed out during the patches of good weather have done well with some nice catches reported. The Urangan Pier has been a popular spot over the school holidays and has been fishing well. Bream have been the main highlight with fish up to and over a kilo being landed. Small whole herring have been working best. Smaller tides should see some good flathead caught on livies and soft plastics. Whiting are another option in the first channel on yabbies and worms. Off the end, tailor and school mackerel have been the main targets; with the odd longtail tuna up to 18kg being caught. Don't forget a squid jig or two as there are a few local squid (southern calamari) around.

Winter whiting catches have been pretty consistant with schools of fish present south of the harbour, out the front of Gataker's Bay, Dundowran and Toogoom. Yabbies, worms and squid have been working best; with Berkley Gulp worms being a good alternative. Good numbers of quality bream can be found around Gataker's Bay, River Heads, The Urangan Pier, Kingfisher Jetty and the flats and creeks throughout the Straits. Soft plastics and vibes have been producing the larger specimens. Fresh strip baits like mullet and herring, gut baits and prawns have also accounted for some nice fish. Just remember that the new size limit is 25cm.

River Heads has produced some nice fish lately both off the bank and in the boat. Bream have been a good target for those fishing lighter tackle. Spinning off the rocks with metals spoons has successful for tailor and school mackerel, just check your size limits. For those who don't mind heading out at night, some quality jewfish have been landed on livies around the deeper holes and ledges. Soft plastics are another effective way of targeting them. When the wind drops out; the Arti, 25 Fathom Hole, Wathumba, Rooney's and the Gutters have produced some nice snapper. Fresh baits like whole pike, winter whiting, yakkas, pillies, gar and squid have been the baits of choice. Berkley Gulps and Shimano Lucanus jigs continue to brain the snapper and usually produce the better quality fish. The Gutters have also produced the odd coral trout, red emperor, grass sweetlip, cod and hussar.

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