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Report Wed 18th Oct 06

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:54 am

Several anglers I have spoken to recently have been catching a few sharks over the last two weeks around the bay islands and in The Paddock. The largest I know of was a 1.7m pig-eye whaler but there have been quite a few good ones caught on light tackle.

An occasional cobia report is still filtering in, mainly from the northern end of the bay by anglers live-baiting around the beacons.

A few school mackerel have also been eating live yakkas and slimies intended for other species around the beacons. One angler did manage to lip hook a nice 6kg Spanish mackerel at the NW4 beacon whilst chasing cobia. He was rapt to land his first of this species, especially so considering the rarity of these fish inside the bay.

The Scarborough reefs have been fishing reasonably well, mainly for squire, estuary cod and a few flathead and quality bream. Plastics have been popular offerings but quality fresh bait fished with a minimum of lead will also work well, especially in the evenings.

Decent numbers of whiting have been caught by those anglers drifting their baits around the sand flats and adjacent gutters in the southern bay. Live worms are prime but a thin strip of squid will also yield results.

Sand crabs are still plentiful around the bay islands and also around the mouths of prominent creeks and rivers. A few mud crabs have also been caught by anglers setting pots near the mouths of the rivers. One angler and his son did extremely well out in Deception Bay last week, setting eight pots overnight for a total of 32 legal bucks for the table. He was having a family reunion the following weekend so these tasty sandies would not have lasted long.

Anglers fishing from the Woody Point Jetty at night are still catching a few legal squire, as well as quality bream and a few chopper tailor.

The Hornibrook Highway area is still worth a try for flathead. Wading during the low stages of the tide is a successful way to pin a few flatties on lures and fly. Casting around the rocks, which are partially exposed at low tide, may result in the capture of a quality bream, estuary cod or possibly a small jack.

A few quality flathead were taken at Slipping Sands and also the Aldershots during the week with a thumper of 88cm being caught on a trolled Attack lure on 4lb monofilament.

Trolling or casting lures around the mouths of the many creek and river systems that flow into the Jumpinpin area is a productive way to tempt a few quality flathead on the falling tide.

The mouth of the canals opposite Spinnaker Sound marina at Bribie has produced trevally to 4kg for anglers fishing live prawns in the evenings, early morning and at night. A few decent grunter, trevally, flathead and other species have also been caught.

Most canal systems in the area are worth live-baiting for jacks, estuary cod, trevally and flathead. Live prawns and poddy mullet are best but a fresh herring or fillet of pike will also work.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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