Weekly Report 1 Dec 09

Tim Mulhall
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Weekly Report 1 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:26 pm

The past few week's weather has been good enough to allow most anglers to head offshore for some reef fishing, which makes a nice change after the Coral Reef Fin Fish closure recently. The reef fishing was a little tough, but those who put in the time and effort were well rewarded. Good catches of coral trout, red emperor, big sweetlip, tuskfish and the usual mix of general reef fish have all been reported. Other species such as spanish mackeral, cobia (black king) and some large dolphin fish have been caught by floating baits in the reef areas.

In a bit closer, around the local river mouths and inshore reefs some snapper and school mackeral have been caught. Other species in these areas have included trevally, queenfish, and some large flathead. Coming back up the rivers, the sand flats have been producing some excellent flathead fishing also. Trolling small lures and throwing soft plastics has been the preferred method. At the moment, a hot tip is to use pink-coloured lures. The rocky areas in the rivers have still been producing good bream, as well as some good mangrove jack and the odd fingermark. Live baiting in these areas seems to be the preferred method. In the upper reaches of the rivers some big grunter are still on the bite testing out anglers' skills. Using live prawns here has been the best way to land these fish. There are still reports of the odd salmon and whiting about, and the prawns are starting to thin out, but those putting in the time and effort are catching a feed.

On the freshwater scene, the local impoundments and dams have been producing some big bass. At Lake Gregory (Isis Impoundment), bass to 50cm have been caught. Surface poppers have been the best method, early in the mornings. As the sun rises small soft plastics and bibless rattlers are the lures to use for this time of day. Barra at Lake Monduran are still chewing like crazy. Trolling in the main basin is producing some outstanding results, and trolling the old creek bed lines with
15-20ft diving lures in bright colours has been working well. Those who like to cast to the backs of the bays have also been catching some good numbers of fish, with soft plastics being the best lures to use. A tip for the soft plastics is to
rig these up with a stinger hook, which will result in better hook-ups. To get more information on this method, drop into Tackle World Bundaberg and I can show you how to rig these for the best results.

Till next time, Tim Mulhall

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