Report Wed 20th Sept 06

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Report Wed 20th Sept 06

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 21, 2006 5:43 am

Not a lot of reports this week, although those which have been forthcoming, praised the quality and quantity of fish encountered.

Plenty of whiting were caught around the bay, especially along the edges of the banks on a falling tide. The Pelican Banks, Naval Reserve Banks and Maroom Banks have all produced good numbers of fish.

An occasional school of mackerel has been located in the North-East Channel at the top of the bay. They have mainly been found surface feeding on the run in tide and have been readily accepting slugs when anglers can get close enough for a cast without them sounding.

A few school mackerel have been taken on jigged slugs around the NW beacons. Anglers have also reported a few bust ups, probably from cobia or yellowtail kings.

Live baits fished at the Curtain Artificial have produced a few small cobia (under 15kg) and a few trevally to 4kg. Plenty of anglers have been sighting the large resident yellowtail kings but getting them to eat a bait with a hook in it is practically impossibly. A few decent snapper have been taken on plastics as well.

The Benowa Track Reef has also produced a few good snapper and other species for anglers targeting them with soft plastics. Bonito have been engulfing the plastics on the drop at times.

Nothing much has changed around the bay islands this week with snapper and a few sweetlip being caught on soft plastics and quality fresh baits. Drifted pillies have occasionally been producing mackerel, both school and spotted.

Plenty of flathead to be caught throughout the estuaries and it is surprising how many quality bream have been caught up on the flats by anglers casting plastics and small minnow lures whilst targeting flatties.

For anglers who want to stock up on bait or get a feed of fairly tasty fillets, there has been excellent numbers of pike to 45cm being caught around Peel on soft plastics and occasionally small chrome slices. Tailor have also been getting in on the act at times with most around the legal size mark.

Decent reports of sand crabs have come in from around the bay with one angler doing well at Green Island.

Mud crab reports have also been inspiring with Hayes Inlet, Deepwater Bend, Caboolture River, Burpengary Creek, Cabbage Tree Creek, Brisbane River and Logan River being some of the spots where reports have filtered in from.

Pelagic schools have been readily sighted throughout the bay but anglers are having great difficulty in tempting them most of the time, due to the small bait they are eating.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
Ph. 07 33986500

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