Report 12 Jul 07

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Report 12 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:25 am

There are still a few nice trevally and juvenile kingies being caught around the Dunwich Jetty area by anglers working lures at night. Quite a few bust-offs have also been reported, with this just inspiring most anglers to keep coming back for more. Soft plastics and small poppers have been the best offerings. The top end of the Rous Channel has produced quite a few tailor to around 45cm in length for anglers drifting pilchards on the rising tide. An occasional school mackerel has also been reported along with good numbers of northern sand-bar flathead.

Some nice cuttlefish have been caught on squid jigs out the front of Cleveland. Gar have been schooling in many of the canals and anglers have taken the opportunity to stock up on baits as well as take home a tasty feed. A size 10 hook with a small quill float a few feet up the line seems to be as good a method as any. Successful baits include dough bait (water, flour, grated cheese and tuna oil), prawn pieces and small pieces of worm. One angler I know uses small pieces of the Berkley sand worms and does quite well.

There are still good numbers of tailor being taken on the eastern facing beaches of Moreton and Stradbroke Islands on pilchard baits and cast and retrieved chrome lures such as Raiders and Lazers. Some quality dart have been caught by anglers fishing smaller baits such as pilchard cubes, beach worms and pippies. A few quality bream have also been getting in on the act, and are a welcome bycatch for many anglers.

An occasional cobia has been caught this week but the fishing has been a little slow for this time of the year. Plenty of good snapper are being caught in the bay, both on plastics and baits. It is looking good for the Moreton Bay Snapper Fishing Challenge on this weekend (14th and 15th) and hopefully there will be some quality snapper caught. Anglers will be using plastics as well as lipless reaction baits, bibbed minnows and flies to target snapper over the weekend with several divisions and plenty of lucky prizes for entrants.

The estuaries are fishing well with decent numbers of flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and a few trevally and luderick being caught. Squid are still being caught at a variety of locales throughout the bay with St.Helena Island, Goat Island, Northern Side of Mud Island and the weed beds north of Tangalooma being a few of the good spots to try. The Benowa Track Reef has produced a few quality snapper as well as a mixed bag of smaller fish such as sweetlip, red emperor, bonito and others.

The Captain Nelson produced some quality snapper to 9kg for a pair of anglers last weekend. They fished right over the top of it with quality fresh baits such as live yakkas and tuna strips. They also had one fish bitten in half by a large shark as they were fighting it to the boat.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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