Weekly Report 12 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 12 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:31 pm

Fairly ordinary weather over the past few days has put the brakes on the local fishing scene. At the time of writing, we have just received over 100mm of rain and its still raining. Minor local flooding is expected which will change the scene in our local estuaries quite dramatically. When the rain clears, westerlies are forecast to kick in, so again not flash for boaties chasing reef fish. The Urangan Pier has seen a variety of fish come over the rails over the past week. Schools of bonito have been great fun for the kids, taking live and dead baits, spoons and anything else you care to throw at them. Decent tailor and the odd school mackerel are being caught, just watch the size limit. Longtail tuna up to 16 kg were landed over the smaller tides, turning up like the do every August. Flathead can be caught on live herring or pike, and bream are taking a variety of baits, smaller plastics and tiny blades.

Flathead are a great target for anyone fishing local creeks, the straits or the lower reaches of the Mary or Burrum river systems. Simply work the edges of the channels as the tide drops with soft plastics, blades, vibes or small hardbodies. Bream are being caught over local shallow reefs, the lower bay islands, in Fraser's western creeks over high tide and around River Heads inexcellent numbers. Reports from Fraser Island last week were very encouraging, with tailor being caught from well-formed gutters from about Eli Creek to south of Indian Head. Remember, the annual closure to fishing from 400m south of Indian Head to 400m north of Waddy Point is in force (midday 1st August to midday 30th September). Otherwise,
good quality dart are being taken nearly the full length of the ocean beach. A few quality whiting are showing up in the better melon holes, with the occasional flathead. We also heard of one crew landing a few mulloway up to about 18kg.

Winter whiting seemed to have thinned out a bit in the vicinity of Woody Island, with better catches reported from Gatakers to Toogoom. A few mackerel are causing chaos for whiting anglers, and can be found in small numbers around the local beacons and off the Burrum. Snapper continue to be caught from places such as the Arti, the reefs wide off the Burrum, the Gutters, and to a lesser extent Wathumba. Again this year, the area around the Fairway has produced good numbers of snapper at times. The key to finding the snapper is to find good quantities of baitfish. These fish are very mobile and will move on if their food source diminishes.

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