Report 31/5/19

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Report 31/5/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 31, 2019 10:45 am

Winter is finally upon us and i have to say not much fun these early morning starts when its 10 degrees but the fishing is very good, the school mackerel are on all over the bay. The basin at peel, the area around mud island at the yellow buoy the measured mile beacon and the four beacons are all holding school mackerel same as with the spoiled ground area north of harries artificial reef whether on the troll with spoons or a floating pilly you should be able to get a few.

The whiting are starting to show up in the small boat channel and the rous but best is fisherman's gutter, amity banks, blue hole and the sand hills.

Squire seem to be in good numbers in the rous channel at the mt cotton reach,mud island, the lazaret gutter and green had some fish but most were undersized but some good sweet lip at least and a few good size Flathead.

Plenty of bonito all over the bay at the moment and a few long tail tuna in the northern bay, so when the winds ease it's worth a trip out in the bay.

I thought i would mention as i have had a few emails re new bait board on my old boat so i thought i would pass on the info from the company as i have bought and made my own bait boards to fit the boats i have owned. It's Formost Plastics at Lytton Road, Bulimba (3217 9177). They are very helpful people, fast service and very well priced. I only use food grade polypropylene, and find that 20-25mm thickness is the best. My last board lasted for 15 years.

So get the winter woollies out of the cupboard and see you out on the water.

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by sperok » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:55 pm

great first days of winter fishing the 20knots forcast did not arrive neither did the rain and the bay was like glass with plenty of fish to be had. martha and i spent the 3 days over peel way and there were plenty of bonito, school mackerel (early morning ) in the basin area east of the lazaret and they were in good numbers in the second green of amity banks. Still, the sharks are the biggest problem. You really cant anchor up and fish with a pilly as the sharks just will not let you get a bait down if there are schoolies around the sharks are there.

The amity banks had plenty of whiting, you needed to have a few different area drifts to find them but were of good quality.

the cuttlefish and arrow squid are in the deeper waters of the bay islands and i dont know whats happened to the tiger squid, they have gone very quiet.

Reef fishing was not much chop at the lazaret wind against tide and lots of undersize fish. Still, a great week end on the bay with amazing sunsets.

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by sperok » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:31 pm

Saturday had a few mackerel at the peel basin but lots of small ones as well today there were plenty at the 1st green at amity banks (west of it) with the run out tide managed 4 and a few bonito but also a few small ones.
the bay was like a milk pond and the cuttlefish and arrow squid are in good numbers east of wellington point all the way east of green and st helena just of the bottom but the tide has to be moving .
after 50 years of catching these cuttle fish and getting there extra dark ink everywhere i had a light bulb moment ,a 10 litre stainless steel pot ..it does not mark easy as anything to clean and you put the lid on and no mess on the boat...and most camping stores have them pretty chip and you can cook your crabs in them as well.
A few nice squire caught at green in the early morning run out tide on sunday as well.

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by sperok » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:16 pm

Great weather over the past few days and the fishing was fantastic ,the mackerel are in the thousands at peel island on the eastern side of the lazaret lots of small ones and lots of bonito till the run in the tide starts and then the big schoolies wake up and its on for young and old,did not pick up any all the way out so they seem to have moved into the bay ,the whiting are very slow with these tides at amity banks but seem to have come on in the small boat channel and the rous, and the squire /snapper are really starting to hit there straps with some nice fish at the mt cotton reach in the rous and also green, fished green and i was lucky to pick up some nice ones with the run in tide in the afternoon on small whole whiting.not my favourite tide but with the northerly and incoming tide it was lots of fun.

the cuttlefish and arrows are in good numbers in the 23 to 30 ft mark east of wellington point green and st helena ..just drift with a ball sinker on top of the jig drop to bottom and lift up a foot or so.

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by sperok » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:32 pm

july arrived and we managed a few days between the windy conditions and the rain,the big schoolies have moved into the rous channel still plenty of small ones at peel with plenty of bonito nothing showing up yet closer manly the hope banks and wide of the hyubers has been very slow.
the cuttlefish and arrow squid are plentiful in the 28 to 30 ft mark wide of green island and the squire are around the eastern side of green the rous channel mt cotton reach and some nice fish at harrys artificial.also hyubers light on the drop off back towards wellington point is producing fish as well.so all we need is the weather to ease so we can get out there again. There are plenty of sandies around green at the moment as well, it seems winter has not stopped them.

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Post by sperok » Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:28 pm

First fine day and the school mackerel must have been starving with the high winds and rain ,they must have been waiting for the spoons because today they were back to the western side of the bay first couple were between green island and king island and then in front of the hyubers light there were hundreds. The only problem was there were 20 undersize to one big fish but when they are on like that just makes you sleep better at night. A couple of readers came past to say hi and some good schoolies in the half tide gutter and in the rous as well but again lots of small fish, but just think how good it will be come august, we wont know to catch schoolies or follow the whales... good problem to have. Some nice squire at harrys as well, and i stopped quickly for a few cuttlefish and there are still plenty around. i am trying the Jarvis Walker jigs with the prongs on the back {razorbacks} they come in sets of threes, the orange and red caught nothing but the blue was very successful because the cuttlefish grab the jig by the middle unlike the squid which take them from the back so worth a try.

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by Coreytroy » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:23 pm

I'd be happy to catch the missus, 1 calamari.... nice post. Thnx

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by sperok » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:08 pm

another nice day on the bay little chilly in the morning with winds from south west but as soon as they dropped out it was like summer.the schoolies seemed to have gone from close in since the netting the other day(i have no problem with netting ) but might have spooked them plenty of bonito and sharks still.
the whiting at the moment at the junction of the rous and small boat passage are huge 40 fish today was 3 plus kilos of fillets and the arrow squid are very big in the deeper water wide of green and the cuttlefish have moved further into the bay towards wellington point out wide and the razorback blue colour i have to say is working well on the cuttlefish.
In the photos below, the boys seth and noah had a great day out on the bay, and as usual the whiting master looks on while i fillet...


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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by Chu » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:09 pm

It was a bit chilly going out to Scarborough reef early this morning. It didn't take long before a nice 55cm snapper got me fully awake. After a few breams and a couple of unwanted wobbegong (wish I could have been the weight of snappers!) the wind came up quickly. I certainly made it uncomfortable heading home.

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Post by stanau » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:06 am

Hi Chu I have been getting into the squid and whiting got 5 tigers one was 290mm body length east of green in 30 ft drifting. good on ya Spero your rig works :lol:

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Post by sperok » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:12 pm

school mackerel have gone a little quiet as have the whiting but when you find the whiting they are very large fish nearly all large ones are females full of roe ,we caught some monsters today and last week in the rous channel and today at amity banks,the arrow squid and cuttle fish are in good numbers wide of green island,stanu are you sure they were tiger squid and not arrows? as i have not seen one tiger squid in the deep water ? plenty of bonito towards peel island .and was great to see couple of netters getting rid of a few hundred sharks we might be able to anchor up and catch some schoolies instead of shark after shark..looks like a great week end and week ahead so enjoy moreton bay ..and good fishing.

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by stanau » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:29 am

Hi Yes they were tigers the flaps were the full length of the body and they were not as round as the arrows

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by stanau » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:01 am

Hi Where I got them I was north of the Hope light and the bottom was reefy because I got snagged and pulled up a bit of soft coral

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Re: Report 31/5/19

Post by sperok » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:25 pm

Some good reports of lots of whiting at the sandhills the last few days and the snapper and squire are been caught in the rous and Harry's as well Cowan and the close islands might have to rug up and have an early morning and evening fish.

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