Report 15 Aug 07

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Report 15 Aug 07

Post by Brad » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:59 pm


Plenty of big bream are being taken in the shallows around the bay islands with both Mud and St.Helena producing multiple captures of bream over 1kg during the week. One angler managed 29 quality bream whilst slowly working small surface lures such as Red Pepper Micro and Maria Wisedogs. The bream have been smashing these presentations with strikes more similar to a hungry bass than the usually timid bream. Most of the better fish have been coming in water of less than 1.5m in depth which is reasonably clear at present and requires the use of fine fluorocarbon leaders. Small plastics and bibbed minnows have also scored well with the Jackal Chubby and Eco-Gear CK being two of the productive offerings.

The jetty on the western side of St.Helena has also produced some excellent bream for anglers casting lightly weighted soft plastics.
Peel Island anglers are still doing well on the snapper and other reef species whilst casting plastics along the edge of the reef on the north-western side. Plenty have reported being bitten off, and it is no wonder, considering the number of school mackerel and tailor being recorded by some anglers drifting baits of pilchards and frogmouths. If bait fishing for snapper in this area then it pays to put out a floating pillie for a mackerel, tailor or possibly a better quality snapper or sweetlip. There have been plenty of big pike in these margins and these make great fillet baits or a tasty feed of white fillets.

School mackerel continue to be caught in limited numbers around the top end of the Rous Channel and in the Rainbow Channel between Amity and Moreton, especially along the western bank. Trolling spoons or drifting pillies would be your best bet. Expect a few squid to be tempted by your pillie baits, as there have been a fair few around the Amity area.

Cobia Reports have been a little more regular over the last few weeks but it seems as if anglers are needing to really work for each fish hooked. The run we had last year would be nice again but I don’t think this year will be one of the best years we’ve had. Although saying that, it is still worth trying around the beacons with larger live baits, as well as areas such as Western Rocks

Jumpinpin has been receiving a lot of pressure but continues to produce decent hauls for some anglers. The bream have been very obliging for anglers with quality baits with areas such as Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank and the Channel leading out to the bar producing quantities of decent bream. A few flathead have also been caught especially by the anglers drifting their baits in these areas.

Astute anglers jigging soft plastics in the channel, from Kalinga Bank to the bar have been producing an occasional jew to around 10kg. A lot of effort and a degree of luck have been required for each fish landed.
Anglers fishing Tiger Mullet Cahnnel and Short Island have been getting a few luderick on the early morning rising tides however weed baits and plenty of berley are required for results. Luderick to over 1kg have been the norm.

Most of the canal systems have been worth fishing with bream being the main species caught, although flathead, moses perch, estuary cod and even the occasional snapper has been caught. A few squid are also about for anglers with squid jigs.
One angler fishing with soft plastics on one of the shallow reefs under Cape Moreton hooked into a solid adversary during the week. They soon saw the large brown shape as it came closer to the surface and called it for a cod but were soon surprised to see a 1.2m cuttlefish materialise. It later weighed over 11kg on the Bribie Island Sportfish Club’s certified scales.
May you bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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