Weekly Report 17 Nov 07

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Weekly Report 17 Nov 07

Post by Brad » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:01 pm

A bit of decent weather this week has allowed anglers to get out into the bay and a few reports have filtered in as a result. Pelagic action is on the increase and as I traveled through the bay on the 34 Blackwatch Estiva during the week we sighted several schools in the southern bay between Green Island and the mouth of the Rous Channel. One was definitely mackerel but the rest just looked like frigate tuna, mack tuna or Watsons bonito. It was encouraging though with other reports coming in from the Greasy Hole area, Four Beacons, Middle Bank and Rainbow Channel.

We were headed offshore where we managed a dolphinfish of around 14kg and a striped marlin of around 75kg, my first of this species landed out of several hookups. We were trolling a mix of Sekard and Bahama lures out wide, north east of Point Lookout in depths between 150m and 350m. A few big longtails have been feeding in the Pearl Channel area in small pods of six to eight fish. They have been reasonably easy to approach, yet hard to tempt as they have been feeding on very small baitfish and are just sipping them from the surface. Casting a very small surf candy, bay bait or eyes fly on an intermediate fly line and just allowing it to sink will probably be your best bet. The longtails just think it is a wounded baitfish sinking and therefore will casually slurp it up as they pass.

Scarborough Reef has fished well in recent weeks for anglers with soft plastics and a stealthy approach. Snapper, sweetlip, cod, bream, flathead and several unstoppables have also been reported. One angler managed to hook and land a shark of around 25kg on 10lb Fireline whilst fishing the area last week. Trolling spoons behind paravanes, or drifting pillies in the top end of the Rous Channel should produce a few school mackerel for anglers fishing the start of the rising tide. Mud Crab reports have increased with most of the major creek and river systems being worth a try. Reports have come from many sections of the Brisbane River with areas as far up as South Bank being worth a try. Cabbage Tree, Eprapah, Tingalpa and Burpengary Creeks as well as the Logan, Caboolture and Pine Rivers have been just a few of the areas where positive reports have come from. Prawns have been very hit and miss but a bit of effort should produce enough for a bit of bait.

Good flathead reports are still filtering in from all of the estuarine and creek systems. Most have been taken on trolled lures, cast plastics or drifted baits. A few more salmon have been caught in the Brisbane River over the last week with most anglers keeping very secretive about the locations. Whiting reports have been improving from both the bay and estuarine systems. Quality baits are imperative for quality catches. A few nice snapper were taken from the Harry Atkinson and Curtain Artificial Reefs by anglers fishing quality live and fresh baits at night. One angler caught three over 5kg at the Curtain on butterflied fresh yakkas. A 6kg yellow sweetlip was also caught at the Harry Atkinson and had a few inches nipped off the tail by a shark just before landing.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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