Report Wed 13th Dec 06

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Report Wed 13th Dec 06

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:34 am

News from the bay has been limited again this week with most of the good reports coming from further offshore around the Hutchies and Trench areas where wahoo, dolphinfish and black marlin have been caught on trolled lures.

A few cobia have been caught on lures targeted at billfish along The Wall at the southern end of The Trench when anglers have trolled in close to the banks.

An occasional cobia report has filtered in from around the bay but it appears if quite a bit of effort is needed for each fish encountered.

School mackerel have again been fairly productive for anglers drifting unweighted pillies along the edges of prominent structure and adjacent to the beacons in the northern bay. A few were taken last Sunday along the edge of the reef at Peel on drifted pillies on the last of the falling tide.

Jigging the beacons in the northern bay with chrome slices and slugs is a good way to entice a few also, but the school mackerel encountered have mainly just been around the legal size of 50cm.

Schools of pelagics have been a little hot and cold with some anglers having no trouble finding and hooking fish and others wasting a lot of fuel for no result.

The front of Bribie has been worth a look, especially just on dawn and again late in the afternoon. Small mack tuna have made up the majority of the schools but a few longtails have also been sighted. Often just out of the shore dump along the beach between 2nd and 3rd lagoon.

The bay islands have been fairly slow but a few legal snapper are always a serious possibility for those with quality baits fished with a minimum of weight.

The Harry Atkinson Artificial has been worth a try, especially around the change of tide with soft plastics and fillet baits. Squire, sweetlip, morwong and an occasional cod have been caught off the bottom and a few mackerel have been encountered by those drifting with lightly weighted pilchards.

Plenty of flathead have been caught in the estuaries with one angler doing extremely well in the Kalinga Bank area at Jumpinpin last week whilst drifting with large frogmouth pillies. He caught around a dozen flathead with around half of them being better than 60cm.

The mouth of any creeks and gutters are worth probing with slowly trolled minnow lures that travel close to the bottom, or cast and retrieved soft plastics, as flathead have been fairly consistent on the last of a falling tide.

An occasional mangrove jack has been caught on live baits in the canals and creeks but overall you have to put in a lot of effort for every fish caught. Estuary cod, tailor and trevally have helped to fill in time between jacks.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
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