Weekly Report 7 Oct 10

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Weekly Report 7 Oct 10

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:06 pm

Local estuaries are starting to fire up with the warmer weather. Threadfin salmon have showed up in the Susan and lower Mary this week. Salmon can be caught using live baits, particularly herring, gar or prawns, or on lures. Flicking small prawn imitations out of feeder creeks and drains towards the lower stage of the ebb tide is one tried and proven technique. Slashing larger minnows such as X-Raps or bombers, or slow-rolling paddle-tailed soft plastics around creek mouths nearing the top of the tide is another. Jewfish (mulloway) are still on offer in the same areas. Usually better targeted at night, the jewies can be taken from deeper holes over the top of the tide on either live baits or soft plastics. If fishing at night this time of year, you will need the Bushmans, some mozzie coils and long clothing just to stay sane.

A few grunter are being taken in the Susan River on yabbies. Whiting and flathead can be found in the lower reaches and a few cod are taking livies and plastics around the rocky areas. Add to all this the good chance of a barra, and the Mary/Susan is a great option this time of year. The Burrum system is worth a try for mangrove jacks or barra. Whether your choice is live baiting, lure casting or trolling, the Burrum offers plenty of quality structure and habitat and would be possibly the best system for big jacks on this part of the coast. Anglers fishing at night will do the best, and it is better to avoid the bigger tides for this fast-flowing system. Flathead, grunter, whiting, cod, bream, queenfish and trevally can also be found in these rivers, with plenty of mackerel out the front.

Out on the bay and its mostly pelagics at present. School mackerel continue to be the main catch, particularly from Gatakers Bay, where huge schools of herring are drawing the mackerel and a few large golden trevally. Mack tuna and the odd longtail are scattered, golden trevally are hanging around reef areas north of Moon, and the odd large queenfish and cobia can be found around the bait schools. The Urangan Pier is offering a bit of a mixed bag at present. School mackerel, broad-barred mackerel, golden trevally, tailor and bonito are the main pelagics. Those over-sized GT's are back and sure are good entertainment as they scoff live mackerel/bonito and smash you up around the pylons. Expect another good run of whiting at the beach end of the pier and along Shelley Beach over the bigger tides with the new moon.

Fraser Island's eastern beach has been quiet for tailor over the past few days. A few jewies are being taken at night. The end of the closure to fishing around the headlands was well attended by plenty of keen anglers, with good tailor caught at that time. A few dart can be found along the beach in the better gutters, and a few flathead are being caught up near Waddy. The tailor are likely to fire up again and expect some of the biggest fish to be caught this time of year. 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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