Weekly Report 14 Sep 12

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Weekly Report 14 Sep 12

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:35 pm

We have had another top week of weather in Hervey Bay. This weather is predicted to continue for next week with showers predicted from Tuesday however they should not bother the fishing. I hope to get out in the boat on Monday night so I will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. Reports from all areas show that flathead have emerged as the most commonly caught species in the estuaries and straits. Good catches have been reported throughout our fishing area. Any soft plastic around the 4” size seem to be the ‘go-to’ lure with the prawn type being a close second.

River Heads and lower Mary and Susan Rivers seem to be holding the majority of good fish. Other species reported from this area include some big bream, whiting and some good sized barra, threadfin and tailor. The straits area from River Heads to Kingfisher was also reporting some excellent catches this week. Burrum Heads has reportedly been a bit hit and miss this week but as the water heats up there should be plenty of barra and mangrove jack looking for a feed. Reports also show that there were good quality whiting and flathead along with grunter and cod caught around the mouth of the river. Weed can sometimes be a problem when fishing the beaches from Toogoom to Urangan at this time of the year. These patches are usually not big so moving a bit further along should see you out of their reach and into the fish once again.

I haven’t been able to fish it for the past two months or so but the Urangan Pier has reportedly been the best land based fishing spot this past week. School mackerel along with the occasional big Spanish mackerel and Golden Trevally have been the rule rather than the exception. The regulars at the end have been hitting the jackpot and it can only get better as the water warms so is well worth a try this weekend.

The boaties should also find that the school mackerel will also be spread throughout the Bay’s many reefs and gutters. The coming new moon should see good catches from all the usual inshore reefs with the bigger snapper and other reef fish still being available for those who travel to the further reef systems in Platypus Bay. The bigger tides in the coming week should ensure that we all get a good catch whether on land, pier or boat.
Until next week,
John

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