Report Friday 8 June 07

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Report Friday 8 June 07

Post by Brad » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:22 am

Some welcome rain has not yet alleviated the low water levels in the dams and restrictions are still making the washing of boats a little more difficult, although far from impossible. Check out my article in the June edition of QFM if you are bewildered at how to wash your boat legally under level 5 restrictions.

For anglers, the best aspect of the rain will probably be that water clarity will be decreased somewhat. This is needed at present as clear water around the bay islands and other shallow areas makes the fish very spooky during the day. Even the Brisbane River has been very clear towards the top of the tide in the lower reaches. Night sessions have definitely been worthwhile around Clara’s Rocks and the oil refinery stretch for those anglers targeting snapper. Drifting with plastics and lightly weighted live prawns has been the go with quality snapper to 3.5kg reported to me. The rain will probably flush the prawns out a bit, which will increase the chance of hooking a threadfin or jewie whilst fishing the deeper holes with live baits.

Many of the estuaries may be a little quiet until the majority of the fresh water disappears. Fishing down towards the mouth of the system on the rising tide will produce the best results, especially for anglers working the tide line where dirty water meets fresh. Mulloway, trevally, tarpon and a host of other species can be caught in this area at times.

Whiting generally love the shallow flats at the mouths of creek and river systems after a bit of rain. Live worms are the best offering but strips of squid or the Berkley Sandworms are also worth using. An occasional school of longtails is still being located in the bay and if you can get close enough for a cast then you are in with a good chance of hooking up, as they are generally eating larger baitfish by this time of the year, making them less fussy.

A couple of cobia have started to show up, with the Curtain Artificial and the NW12 producing quality specimens to 18kg during the week. Live baits such as crabs, whiptails, slimies, yakkas and pike are all worth using. Live baits are also likely to produce kingies, trevally, longtails and mack tuna in these areas. Occasionally a large cod or snapper may also be taken especially around wrecks such as the Captain Nelson.

Early morning sessions with plastics around Peel have been producing a mixed bag with snapper, sweetlip, parrot, pike, school mackerel, tailor and a host of other species being encountered.

Casting surface lures and plastics around the pylons at Dunwich has been a lot of fun for some anglers recently. Trevally (bigeye, golden and giant) and yellowtail kingies have been on the chew. Bust-offs are common, especially for those anglers using line lighter than 8kg as there is plenty of submerged structure for the fish to rub you off on. Late afternoon, night and early mornings will produce the best results

May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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