Weekly Report 4 Nov 10

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Weekly Report 4 Nov 10

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:06 pm

By all reports, fishing out on the bay has been pretty good lately, particularly for pelagics. The rivers and creeks have mostly cleared up from recent rains and bait fish are abundant in local waters. But firstly, a couple of fishing closures that are in effect at present. The annual east coast barramundi closure is currently in place. We are effectively banned from taking (or targeting) barramundi from midday 1st November till midday 1st February. The exception to this rule is the stocked impoundments. The other closure is for the taking of "coral reef fin fish" for the period 3rd November to 7th November from waters north of latitude 24 degrees 50 minutes (basically north of a line drawn across from Bundaberg to Station Hill). For more information on these closures check out the Qld DPI website.

Local fishing guide/guru, Bargy, reports plenty of pelagic activity up the island. Mack tuna are scattered everywhere, and a few small schools of longtail tuna are showing up at times. A few larger than usual spotty mackerel are to be found off Wathumba, these seemingly being mature fish from last years run that have done the miles back up from down south, being long and lean and weighing around 5 kilos. Expect the usual run of spotties to start later this month. Plenty of "rain fish" (tiny bait fish) have started to appear on the surface off Platypus Bay which is the major drawcard for the spotties and tuna alike.

Plenty of golden trevally, tea leaf trevally and school mackerel can be found over a variety of reefs from about Coongul north. Bargy scored a few large snapper around the 7 kilo mark from Rooneys this week in the middle of the day on deep-jigged soft plastics, so don't give up on the knobbies if heading up that way. Rooneys should also produce good trout, cod and cobia on livies this time of year. School and broad-barred mackerel are still about in great numbers, albeit no longer around Gatakers. Try the Fairway, NU2, Burrum 8 Mile or many of the local reefs for mackerel, but also expect to encounter mack tuna, bonito, golden trevally, queenfish or cobia. At the moment, if you can find a spot with a supply of bait, you will find the pelagics.

The new moon this Saturday means bigger tides and with that youcan expect the shallow reefs to produce quite well early morning or early evening. Estuary cod, coral trout, grass sweetlip, blackall and small tuskfish are all likely candidates from shallow reefs such as Gatakers, the Graves, Round Island etc. The Urangan Pier has been fishing well this week for pelagics. School and broad-barred mackerel, mack tuna, bonito, golden trevally and queenfish have all been reported. For a serious challenge, then get out the heavy gear and drop a live bonito or mackerel under the pier and see if you can extract one of those thug GT's that are lurking under there. The shallow end of the pier is producing a few whiting and garfish. For the atest 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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