Weekly Report 27 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 27 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:52 pm

The full moon this week saw a variety of fish on the chew from local waters. The bigger tides fired up the flathead, whiting and snapper, whilst crabbers did well on both mud and sand crabs. Shelley beach has produced some nice catches of sand whiting on the rising tide. Yabbies and worms have both been successful, though some folks have had to move on due to the dreaded green toads moving in on them. The Urangan Pier has been fishing reasonably well over the past week. Flathead are a great target as they are there in good numbers and are suckers for a well presented live bait. There is plenty of herring and pike at the pier. Fishing small plastics, blades or fresh bait continues to produce bream, which have been in the best numbers in years. School mackerel and tailor are taking metal spoons, blades or live herring.

A few longtail tuna up to 20kg have been hanging around the Fairway of late. They have not been balling the bait up, so are an easier option on deep set live bait than spinning at present. The bait holding on the Fairway is also attracting heaps of bonito and the odd mackerel. Fraser Island's eastern beach is fishing well for good sized dart and tailor. The dart are scattered almost the full length of the beach from Eurong north. Tailor are haunting any of the better gutters and are being caught in great numbers. Awesome tides this week for fishing Fraser's beach (highs mid morning and evening), coupled with reasonable weather should see crews over there having a ball.

Snapper have been caught from inshore reefs such as the Arti lately. Drifting and flicking soft plastics during the daytime has produced a few up to 6kg, whilst soaking baits at night has also been productive. When weather has permitted, other areas out wider such as Rooneys, the Fathom Hole and the Gutters have seen some good catches of snapper. The Wathumba area continues to be a bit hit and miss on the snapper, though there are plenty of trevally in the area to keep sportfishos happy. The Straits is fishing very well for flathead and sand whiting, as is the lower reaches of the Mary/Susan system. Bream are just about everywhere, including any of the rocky outcrops in the lower river. Jewfish are on the cards this time of year, turning up mostly at night.

The offshore reef fishing scene has been quite productive, with good numbers of quality venus tuskfish and red-throat emperor over the shoals country east of the Breaksea Spit. The shelf a bit further north towards the light-ship is fishing particularly well for pearlies and snapper, though sharks can be a problem. Right now, the current outside is minimal. For the latest on what's biting and for all the gear and tips on how to catch them, drop in and see the guys at Fishermans Corner.

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