Report Thur 26th Oct 06

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Report Thur 26th Oct 06

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:15 am

With the windy conditions over the last week, plenty of anglers have been heading to the estuaries and creeks in search of some piscatorial relief.

The Pine River system has been fishing well with flathead bream and whiting being the best targets. Deepwater Bend anglers have been achieving decent results from the bank on both flathead and whiting.

Further up, around the highway bridge, there have been good bream and a few estuary cod. Live baits fished around the partially submerged wrecks just up from the bridge have produced the better specimens of these as well as the occasional mangrove jack.

The Caboolture River has also been worth a try for the three major estuary species, but anglers live baiting the steeper banks at night have also been rewarded with the occasional jack and cod. Mud crabs have also been good in places with one angler I know managing to catch three legal bucks on his handline. When the large flesh bait would slowly start to get dragged away he would carefully handline the bait in and then scoop up the mud crab with the landing net just as it came into view.

I have had a few reports of decent school mackerel being caught from the rocks at Scotts Point, The Redcliffe Jetty and Scarborough Point. Most results have been forthcoming in the early morning and evening by anglers drifting pillies under a float.

School mackerel reports are still coming in from anglers drifting pillies around the Brisbane River shipping channel beacons. A little berley in the form of cut pillies also helps. Estuary cod, whaler sharks and catfish have also been eating these same baits.

Main Beach at Straddie has been fishing fairly well for those anglers trying their luck during the day, with dart, whiting, flathead and bream being caught. The more serious anglers who like to work the better gutters at night have still been catching a few tailor. A nice stargazer of 4.1kg was also caught and like most stargazer captures the angler though he had a snag and waded out in the knee deep water to free it, only to find his line disappearing into the sand. With a bit of prodding from his long-nose pliers he managed to get the stargazer mobile again and soon had it landed. These are ugly yet great eating fish that are probably more common than you think but due to their habit of burying deep in the sand after hook-up, most are just broken off as anglers think they have a snag.

Most of the usual areas around Jumpinpin have been producing flathead, with a few large ones caught and released at Kalinga Bank during the week by anglers jigging plastics as they drift with the tide.

Most of the canal systems are still worth a try for jacks, estuary cod and trevally on live baits fished around prominent structure and the deeper holes, mainly at night.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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