Weekly Report 14 Dec 12

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Weekly Report 14 Dec 12

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:15 pm

My overnight trip to seek mangrove jack last weekend ended with a donut for me however the ‘skipper’ caught two jack, one grunter and an estuary cod. They were very elusive and I am looking forward to the next trip. The amount of boats that were going out on Sunday morning as we returned to the marina was quite a spectacle. They were all taking advantage of a lull in the winds to get out among the many schools of pelagics that are still spread throughout the bay waters. This weekend’s weather report indicates a reasonably mild wind as it swings once again to the north along with dropping tide levels following the new moon last night. Overall it should be an excellent weekend for getting out fishing in Hervey Bay waters. Black marlin are still being caught in good numbers throughout Platypus Bay along with spotted mackerel and tuna.

With the southerly winds over the last few days they should be even further south. Look for the feeding birds and toss a small metal slug to get amongst the action.The winds increased during the week which saw most people head for the estuaries; however Hervey Bay waters have the ability to provide plenty of fishing spots with the added bonus of plenty of fish as well. The Burrum River system is still supplying mangrove jack, Grunter and good sized whiting. The bigger tides this weekend may turn some species off but will turn others on. Try whiting fishing hard up among the mangroves on the dropping tide. The Mary/Susan systems are also still supplying good quantities of fish including threadfin and blue salmon, grunter, jacks, whiting, flathead and cod. Live baits seem to be the ‘gun’ bait but plenty have also been caught on soft plastics and lures. The Urangan Pier is still producing some big fish for the regulars. Queenfish, GT’s and Golden Trevally have been weighed this week. There has also been some good sized whiting caught from the foreshores from Burrum to the Pier on live yabbies.

This type of fishing is great fun and safe for the entire family. When combined with a picnic lunch, it is a wonderful way to spend the day. The inshore reef action has also improved with the bigger tides especially for grunter. Other species being caught include cod, sweetlip and moses perch. Always use the freshest of bait or livies for the best results. The Arty has produced some GT’s while fishing for reefies so have a big rig ready. The warmer waters are producing an increase in the number of species available from the many reef and estuaries throughout the bay. This month and its associated Christmas holiday season is expected to be one of the more outstanding months for fishing in Hervey Bay. No matter what your style, Sport fishing, Reef fishing and estuary fishing, you will be rewarded when you fish these waters.
Enjoy the weekends fishing and what it may bring you,
Until next week,

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