Weekly Report 22 Oct 10

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Weekly Report 22 Oct 10

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:57 pm

Windy weather has kept many anglers home, with only a few small windows of opportunity to get out on the water. The reef fish are starting to chew with reports coming from shallow water. Blackall, cod, grass sweetlip, and the odd trout have been caught on the shallow reefs. Areas such as Gatakers and the artificial reef have been producing good fish. Some late season snapper have been showing up with reports of a few fish coming from Wathumba/Roonies area and further north. The pier has been fishing well with mixed catches of school mackarel, broad bar mackerel, mack tuna, queenfish, golden trevaly, bonito, flathead and a few big GT's have been taking big baits. Live baits have been producing most fish along with flasha or maniac spoons.

School mackerel have continued there good run with good size fish being caught all over the bay. Many anglers have elected to troll hardbody lures, with deep diving lures producing the best results. Floating unweighted pillys and casting crome slugs have also produced good catches. Mack tuna and bonito have been working the surface, these fish can be caught using soft plastics or metal slugs and provide good sport on light tackle. Broad bar mackerel have been caught on the bait grounds and beacons, most on live herring intended for school mackerel.

If the wind is to strong try heading out to lenthals. Some good quality barra and bass have been caught, with one successful angler landing 3 bass and a barra last week. Lures of choice have been 110mm squidgy slick rigs and soft plastic frogs for the barra. TT spinner baits and river 2 sea bubble pop 45's have been going well for the bass. Remember there are restrictions on the lake, maximum power allowed is 60hp and can only be a 4-stroke or 2-stroke must be a 2 or 3 star OEDA rated engine. At this stage the long range weather forecast indicates winds will ease towards the weekend, which will allow those with boats to get out amongst the action. Saturday's full moon will result in big tides and great fishing for all those venturing out. 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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