Weekly Report 26 Mar 08

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Weekly Report 26 Mar 08

Post by Brad » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:17 pm

The Easter long weekend was yet again ruled by strong winds forcing most of us to fish the estuaries or impoundments. For the offshore fishermen who braved the conditions they were rewarded with a mixed bag of parrot, nannygai, sweetlip and hussar. The wider grounds and outer reefs have been producing good sized spanish mackerel up to 40lb. With the water clearing and bait schools increasing these fish should move closer to the shore in the next few weeks. The closer inshore reefs have been showing early signs of large snapper and tumpeter after dark.

The Burnett River is fishing well at present for large bream. These fish seem to have moved from the river mouth to the upper reaches, feeding on jelly prawns. The night tides are producing the best results. Fish up to 40cm are regularly being reported. Best baits have varied with mullet strips, chook and mullet gut being the most popular. There have still been a few large Trumpeter in our local estuaries including the Burnett, Burrum and Elliott Rivers. Live baiting seems to be the best option for the larger fish, using baits such as poddy mullet and sprat. The beaches are fishing well with Dart, Queenfish, Whiting, Bream and Flathead the most common catches. Fishing along the shallow beach gutters with pippies, prawns and fresh yabbies will bag a few for the creel. Crabs and Prawns are being caught in scattered pockets around most of our local river systems.

Barra have slowed at Lake Monduran over the last week. The main reasons being the low water temperatures and also with the large rise in water levels over the last few months this has caused rotting vegetation which reduces the oxygen from the water. To increase your chances you will need to venture a fair distance up the Dam where you will need to target the shallow water on the windward edges. Also at Lake Monduran there have been numerous reports of Bass being caught in the deeper bays. As winter approaches these fish will school up and you should see an increase in your capture rate. Casting Spinner Baits, Soft Plastics and Lipless Crankbaits slowly through these schooled fish will produce the best results. Over the last few weeks Lake Gregory has been producing 50cm Bass on surface lures in the early morning before the sun rises too high. After sunrise your best option would be casting spinner baits around weed edges and the natural creek bed. With the school holidays approaching I would like to remind all parents about the Junior Life Jacket regulations. Children Under 12 must wear the appropriate PFD
rated life jacket for the conditions while the boat (under 4.8m) is underway.
Until next time
Gary Leather
Tackle World Fishing Team

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