Report Thursday 5 Jul 07

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Report Thursday 5 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:25 am

Reports of tailor have filtered in from a variety of locations in the bay and also from the eastern facing beaches of Moreton and Stradbroke islands. The best fish reported came from near the Jumpinpin Bar area by an angler fishing bonito fillets from the shore in hope of a mulloway. He fished most of the night and although he didn’t catch a mulloway he did get his best ever tailor at 4.8kg.

Several tailor have been caught in the channel between the Jumpinpin bar and Kalinga bank by anglers drifting with pillies and fresh herring. An occasional jew to 10kg has been caught with this technique, as well as flathead, bream, trevally and shovelnose rays. Early morning or late afternoon rising tides have been best.

Plenty of snapper are being caught at a variety of locations throughout the bay with plastics and fresh baits accounting for the majority. Late afternoon sessions around the bay islands are well worthwhile with a hot bite usually occurring around dusk.

Anglers who like to catch snapper on soft plastics and other artificials such as fly, minnow lures and bibless reaction baits might be interested in the upcoming Snapper Challenge hosted by the Bribie Island Sport Fish Club. It is an artificials only tournament with several sections including Brisbane River, Moreton Bay, Offshore and Canoe/Kayak. It is on the 15th and 16th of July and looks like being a great competition with a very low entry fee. For more information contact Jeff Sorrel on 3284 2632 (AH).

A nice longtail tuna of 22kg was caught by an angler targeting cobia on live baits at the NW6 beacon during the week. Cobia have been a little sporadic but there are enough around inside the bay to make the effort worthwhile. Outside the bay on the shallow reefs and wrecks the cobia action has been excellent although some anglers and commercial operators are overdoing it a bit and taking their bag limit of fish when they can get it. Most of the cobia have been in the 4kg to 8kg size bracket but a nice specimen of 19kg was caught at Brennans Shoals during the week on a live whiptail.

Flathead are definitely worth targeting with all estuaries and creeks fishing well. The humble flattie is a species that can be easily and successfully targeted with lures and flies by land-based anglers. Areas such as the mouth of Lota Creek, the Hornibrook area, Clontarf foreshore and Jacobs Well area are a few of the spots that are easily accessible to the angler with a car and a bit of Shank’s pony.

Some of the canal systems are producing good numbers of gar at present with a light line, float and small hook baited with a bit of dough or peeled prawn producing good numbers of these tasty morsels. Many anglers also target them for use as bait.

The canals and the shallows around the bay islands are producing reasonable numbers of squid and a few quality cuttlefish. Most have been taken on the prawn style squid jigs or a baited squid jag but one angler I know has been using soft plastics. The Atomic Prongs fished off a jighead with a small chemically sharpened treble as a stinger hook have been working well also and have outfished squid jigs at times.

May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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