Weel;y report 19 Oct 07

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Weel;y report 19 Oct 07

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:05 am

Mackerel reports have been getting more common with both spotted and school mackerel about. Many have been taken on the early morning rising tides by anglers drifting pillies around the bay islands. Occasionally small bust ups of fish are sighted but you have to be lucky to be in the right spot to be able to get a cast away in time. Reports have also come from areas such as the Rous Channel, Harry Atkinson, Lucinda Bay and around the beacons in the northern bay. Jigging any of these beacons with a chrome slug can be very effective if there are a few mackerel about, and often you can pull two or three off a single beacon in successive casts.

A few tuna have been working up through the Rous Channel, naval Reserve Banks and in the Rainbow Channel with both mack and longtails being caught. One longtail of 24kg was taken on a chrome slug just out from the Amity rock wall during the week. On 10kg line it took the angler over an hour to land with the slug falling out of the fish’s mouth just as it was gaffed. A mix of species have been caught around the bay islands, both on plastics and baits. Morwong, snapper, sweetlip, flathead, cod, moses perch, pike and even whiting have been reported by anglers casting plastics. Quality fresh baits have produced a few decent snapper for those anglers out early morning. Up in the shallows at Redcliffe and also at Mud Island, there have been some sizeable bream taken on lures including Atomic Prongs, Water Moccasins, Red Peppers and Maria stick baits. Berkley Gulps including shrimps and minnow grubs have also worked well, but that is basically bait fishing anyway.

No cobia reported this week, as very few anglers have been able to venture far from the boat ramps due to the windy condions. Crab reports have been pretty consistent from up in the creeks and also around the river mouths, possibly because so many anglers have gone crabbing because they can’t get outside to go fishing. Prawns have also been fairly good with more quantity and quality reported.A few good snapper are still around the mouth of the Brisbane River to be caught and every so often a mulloway or salmon is taken as well. Flathead have been consistent catches along the edges of the banks at the mouth on the falling tide.

Flathead reports continue to filter in from most of the estuaries and creeks in the area and they would probably be the most consistent catch for most anglers in these areas. Whiting reports have also improved in recent weeks, both in the bay and up in the estuaries. Fresh baits such as worms, yabbies and squid strips are the key to getting the elbow slappers. Hopefully the wind will drop out and give us a nice weekend so I have a few more positive reports for next week.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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