Weekly Report 30 Sep 10

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Weekly Report 30 Sep 10

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:28 pm

Pelagic activity is increasing throughout the bay and straits. Bay water temperature is already up to 23C up the island, bringing in the mack tuna, school mackerel and cobia. Schoolies have been the main catch for many visitors and locals as they troll, spin or fish baits off places such as Gatakers Bay, Toogoom, the Fairway and off the Burrum. Schoolies are also turning up at the Arti, Maringa, Moon, and down the straits. Local fishing guide/guru, Bargy, reports schools of mack tuna around the Arch Cliffs area, with a few large individual longtail tuna scattered through the southern section of Platypus Bay feeding hard on top. Bargy has been catching good snapper averaging 5kg off Wathumba area in the daytime deep-jigging soft plastics, together with some really big golden trevally which are in good numbers.

Reef fishing locally has been a bit quiet, with estuary cod falling to live baits fished over the turns of tide, a few blackall, squire and the first of the season's grass sweetlip turning up on baits and soft plastics. Cobia are increasing in numbers as is typical for this time of year. They can be found anywhere there is a decent bait source and can turn up anywhere from the Channel Hole to Rooneys and beyond. The boys on local charter boat, "Ally-J", have been having a fat time of it offshore lately. Reef fishing over the Sandy Cape Shoals in depths from 25-50 metres has been outstanding. They are experiencing an excellent run of green jobfish to 11kg, with fish often turning up under the boat in packs for easy floatline or soft plastic targets.

School reds around 6kg, spangled emperor, red throats up to 6kg and coronation trout averaging 4kg are making for impressive catches of excellent quality table fish. Add to that, great catches of tuskfish to 4kg either side of the full moon, a mix of snapper and other reef fish and no significant shark problems and you have some of the best reef fishing available on this part of the coast. Cobia and yellowtail kings are keeping the sportfishos happy on Ally-J using deepwater jigs or plastics. A number of small marlin and large sailfish have been sighted free-jumping and cruising lately, and with water temperatures outside already reaching 24C this is not surprising. Currents offshore are minimal allowing for good drifts and bar conditions are currently okay over most crossings, but take due care.

Local estuary systems copped a little fresh recently from the rains, effecting more-so the smaller creeks of the straits and western side of Fraser than the main rivers. Expect sand whiting to be more prevalent over the flats and in channels of the Straits or outside creek systems until these creeks clear up a bit. Flathead are still being caught on plastics in great numbers, but again, some of the better places are edges of banks outside the creeks. The Urangan Pier has been a little quiet this week, however, enough mack tuna and bonito have showed up to keep the kids occupied on livies or spinning flashas. A few flathead and whiting are being caught from the first channel, and golden trevally, queenfish and a few school mackerel have been hanging around but not in numbers at present. 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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