Report Thur 12 Apr 07

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Report Thur 12 Apr 07

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:57 am

MORETON BAY REPORT

Not much to report this week due to high winds which have kept most sane anglers at home earning brownie points or doing maintenance and repairs instead or trying to get offshore. The estuaries are tolerable and safe most of the time especially up in the creeks and less exposed areas.

Good hauls of prawns have been coming from the Logan River with 10kg of large banana prawns often only taking an hour or so to get. Most creeks and rivers should be worth a try for these tasty treats. Many anglers have even had success in the Brisbane River whilst cast netting from the various piers and pontoons.

A few decent snapper were taken on live prawns at Clara’s Rocks and along the refinery reach of the river. Soft plastics would also be worth a try. This fishery should only get better in the coming weeks.

Decent numbers of whiting and flathead have been taken around Donnybrook, The W’s, Blue Hole and other areas in the Pumistone Passage. Live baits of yabbies, prawns and herring will produce the better results. Their have been a few good grunter, school jew, putty-nose perch and even a 6kg threadfin salmon caught in Bells Creek during the week. Due to the boat and jetski traffic, most of the successful anglers were fishing at night for the better quality fish.

A few tailor were caught around the Bribie Bridge on frogmouth pillies around the change of the tide at night. Plenty of rays and a few sharks were around, just to keep things exciting and to provide a few ‘the one that got away’ stories. A 4.5kg estuary cod was also reported from some ‘secret’ spot in this area.

Anglers fishing from the shore at Deepwater Bend have been getting a few good flathead and the occasional bream. Strips of raw chicken fillet have worked well.

The Jumpinpin area is heavily patronized during school holidays but it continues to produce decent numbers of estuary species on a variety of offerings. Drifting aimlessly across the flats and channels with a few whole fish baits such as hardiheads, frogmouh pillies or whitebait can produce a feed and is an easy way to fish if you don’t know the area. You are most likely to catch flathead and bream but the occasional whiting, sole, trevally, tailor and pike will also get in on the act. These whole fish baits are best fished on a snelled hook rig with two Mustad Penetrator hooks between size 1 and 2/0, depending on the size of your baits. This rig will catch a variety of species.

Trolling lures along the edges of the banks, especially on a falling tide, is likely to produce a few flathead. Small, brightly coloured minnow lures are probably the best bet but a host of brands and colours will work. The main factor is that they must travel close to the bottom for consistent results.

Hopefully the wind will drop down soon and we will be able to get back out in the bay and chase a few snapper, mackerel, tuna and other species.

May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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