report 23 Jul 07

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report 23 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:54 am

A few good snapper were taken at Mud over the last week, mainly during periods of little boat traffic. With the water being fairly clear, anglers have realized the importance of a stealthy approach and finesse rigging. Flourocarbon leaders are virtually a necessity when the water clarity is so high and plastics with some clarity to them instead of solid colours often produce better results.

Towards the top of the tide the water in the estuaries is are also quite clear at times and this has slowed results in the shallower areas. Targeting flathead towards the bottom of the tide is a better option with small minnow lures trolled along the edges of the banks being a good way to catch decent numbers of fish. Even quite large flathead can be caught in very shallow water when it is a bit dirty. The weed beds at the mouth of Whalleys Gutter at Jumpinpin produced an 89cm flathead for one angler during the week and the water depth is only about 1m here. Quite a few flathead have been caught along the edges of Kalinga Bank, Gold Bank and the Aldershots mainly on soft plastics and small minnow lures.

A few cobia have started to show up in the bay, especially around the beacons out from Bribie (NW4 to NW12) and M1 and M2. Most prominent ledges and artificial reefs have also produced an occasional cobia for anglers with larger live baits. Most of these have been taken at night when boat traffic is at a minimum. An occasional longtail and larger mack tuna has also been caught but anglers using live baits such as whiptails have kept hookups on these species to a minimum. If you do want to target tuna then live baits such as slimies and yakkas are a better option, but these also get annoyed and killed by squire, bream, grinners, mackerel and other species, so you may need to replace your baits more regularly.

Bream have been fairly common catches in the estuaries for anglers with quality baits and soft plastics. Whilst fresh baits generally produce better quality bream, some quality specimens have been taken on frozen baits such as mullet gut, fowl gut and pillie fillets. Kalinga Bank at Jumpinpin produced bream to 1.8kg for an angler fishing there during the week at night. A few tailor are still being caught around the bar on the rising tide although they have been a little patchy. Drifting pillies has produced the best results but a few have been caught on chrome slugs when anglers can find them feeding on the surface.

The Bribie Bridge area has also been producing tailor at night with specimens to 1.5kg being taken. Trevally, tarpon and even squire have been enticed to the area by the baitfish attracted by the lights. Peel anglers have been catching decent numbers of snapper as well as a few sweetlip, parrot, morwong, bream and other species on soft plastics worked along the edge pf the reef on the western side. There has been plenty of pike around Peel Reef as well with specimens to over 40cm being caught with regularity. Jigging plastics or small chrome slices along the edge of the reef will usually see you with a few pike, which make great baits or can make a tasty feed of clean white fillets. Squid have been prevalent around the bay islands for those who take the time to target them in the shallows with squid jigs. Cuttlefish have also been around but mainly along the edges of the deeper channels and ledges out from the islands and Cleveland.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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