Weekly Report 19 Oct 12

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Weekly Report 19 Oct 12

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:45 pm

Another week has gone by and the weather finally allowed some action for the boaties. Sunday saw the Urangan marina car park ‘chock a block’ as the weather finally let up and produced one of the better days in the past few weeks. It seems like everybody was out on the water at the right time of the Solunar cycle as it was a ‘three star’ day. From all reports it lived up to everyone’s expectations. I managed to get out with my nephew to the straits area south of River Heads on Monday. We fished a small creek there for a mixed bag of bream, whiting, estuary cod, blackall, sweetlip and grunter to 50cm+.

We were using live yabbies and herring that we caught in the cast net along with pilchards, squid and flesh baits. As we had never fished the area before, we also used a berley trail to attract the fish to an area near a couple of deep holes that we fished for most of the day and the early evening. Overall it was a successful outing for us especially the dusk session where we had about one and a half hours of total mayhem. Reports show that other boaties were also rewarded with some good fish at the weekend. There were reports of small marlin up to 25kg being caught all over the bay area from the top of Fraser Island to the Burrum 8 mile. Mackerel and other pelagic species were also prolific as the waters continue to warm and the summer species return to the bay waters. The local reefs should continue to fish well for mackerel and the usual reef species throughout the coming months.

The waters are also warming up in the estuaries and the fish are getting hungry. In the estuaries and on the foreshores from Burrum to River Heads whiting continue to provide the main sport with some monsters among them. The barramundi and mangrove jacks have also started to bite a bit more consistently in those estuary areas where there are a lot of snags and deep holes. A live bait or lure placed very close to these snags should provide an adrenalin rush this weekend.

The Urangan Pier is still living up to its reputation for providing a land based opportunity to bag some really big pelagic species. Mackerel, tuna, trevally and queenfish have all been reported from the deep end with some nice flathead being caught from the first channel. I am house sitting at Toogoom for the next week so will be concentrating on that area and the big summer whiting.
Until next week enjoy the fishing throughout Hervey Bay,

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