Weekly Report 22 Jul 10

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Weekly Report 22 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:23 am

Along the beaches there's been some nice summer whiting caught this week. Schools have been scattered from Pialba to Urangan, with Shelly Beach being a popular spot. Yabbies and worms have been the best baits. Winter whiting catches are still 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. Excellent numbers of large bream can be found at the Urangan Pier, with most fish being caught early morning or night. Small herring and mullet gut have been working best, with a few fish also being caught on soft plastics. Flathead have been another good target, on livies and soft plastics. Off the end of the pier, fishing live baits and spinning metal spoons has produced tailor and school mackerel. Just remember to keep an eye on sizes as there have been plenty of smaller fish in the schools. Local squid (southern calamari) are also on offer this time of year both day and night, so its worth carrying a few squid jigs.

Flathead numbers are improving and are best targeted on the bigger tides. Soft plastics have been the most consistant way of catching them, with paddle tails like Squidgy fish being a favourite. Bouncing metal blades and vibe lures over the bottom has also been effective. Those chasing bream on soft plastics, there's been some nice fish caught around the Picnics, Kingfisher and the creeks on the western side of Fraser. There's also been plenty of small trevally in these same areas and provide good sport on light bream tackle. Gulp shrimp, Squidgy Wrigglers and Powerbait MF40's have been working well.

Those chasing a feed of school mackerel or tailor, good numbers can be found on the Arch Cliffs 6 Mile, Burrum 8 Mile, around River Heads and Ungowa. A variety of methods have been working including: spinning with metal blades, trolling hardbody lures and barra spoons, jigging plastics and live baiting. Again, keep an eye on sizes as there are plenty of small fish in the schools. Weather permitting, reasonable catches of snapper have come from the Arti, vicinity of the Fairway Buoy, Burrum 8 and 12 Mile and the 25 Fathom Hole. Soft plastics and Lucanus Jigs have accounted for some nice fish, along with; whole pike and winter whiting, butterflied yakkas, gar, herring and fresh squid.

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