Weekly Report 30 Aug 07

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Weekly Report 30 Aug 07

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:49 am

Some lovely days for anglers during the week and plenty took the opportunity to get out on the water after the recent spell of bad weather.

In close around the bay islands the fishing has been slow during the days, due to the clear water and smaller morning tides. Late afternoon and evening, the fishing has been better with larger tides and little darkness which has allowed the snapper to feel comfortable in the shallow, clear water. Tuesday night’s red moon brought the snapper on the chew around the bay and also on the off shore reefs and several anglers reported good catches from places such as Mud, Peel, Curtain Artificial, Brennans Shoals and Roberts Shoals. A nice yellowtail kingfish of 7.5kg was caught at the Harry Atkinson during the week by an angler floating down diver whiting frames in an attempt to catch a snapper. He also caught a 2.2kg and 3.9kg snapper for the evening session, which made for a very successful outing. An occasional cobia has been caught but it has been a fairly quiet start to the season. Most have been taken inside the bay at the beacons with the NW12, NW10, M1, M3 and M5 being a few of the successful ones. All manner of live baits have worked including sand crabs.

Quite a few dart have been caught at the Tangalooma Wrecks, although most have been just around the legal size. These dart and the resident butter bream can really keep the kids occupied and it only takes a little bit of berley to have them swarming at the back of the boat. The rock wall at Amity has been a reliable place to target a few quality bream with both baits and lures being worth using. An occasional trevally and school mackerel has also been caught.

The mackerel in the top end of the Rous Channel have been a little sporadic during the week but those who make the effort with drifted pillies or spoons trolled behind a planing board have been rewarded with a few fish. The usual mixed bag of species have been caught at Peel this week with species such as snapper, mackerel, sweetlip, tailor, morwong and bream being caught. Plenty of pike have been around for anglers after a bit of bait or a few fillets for the table. One unusual capture reported from the area during the week was a red emperor of 51cm, which was caught on a soft plastic late in the afternoon on the western side.

The estuaries have produced a few mulloway during the week with reports coming from the Jumpinpin Bar area, the shipping channel at the mouth of the Brisbane River, the Gateway Bridge area and Crusoe Island. Plenty of flathead have been taken through out the estuarine systems with the Pine River, Jumpinpin and Pumicestone Passage all producing good numbers. Scarborough Reef has fished well during the week especially for anglers targeting big bream. An occasional quality snapper has also fallen for baits but the plastics fishermen seem to be getting the best results on this species, possibly due to the amount of water they cover.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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