Weekly Report 20 Dec 07

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Weekly Report 20 Dec 07

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:09 pm

The weather has again hampered anglers chances to get out on the water. Many have been trying to get a feed of fish for Christmas however there have been few chances to venture too far offshore. Those who have been out have reported good catches in some cases however some species of fish are relatively slow for this time of the year.

The spotted mackerel have not turned up en masse as yet and anglers with holidays approaching are chomping at the bit for news of their arrival. School mackerel have been caught in limited numbers around the bay islands and the beacons and ledges in the northern bay. Most have been caught on pillies drifted throughout the area but jigging chrome slugs and slices around the beacons has also been successful at times. Cobia are still being caught in limited numbers however one of these succulent specimens can provide more than enough fillets for several tasty feeds.

Anglers with soft plastics and good technique are still encountering some brag worthy snapper around the bay islands. Specimens to 7kg have been reported to me in the last few weeks with plenty of quality specimens being caught right in the middle of the day. Other areas such as the houseboat wreck, gravel barge and Captain Nelson have been producing quality snapper for those with fresh baits and soft plastics. An occasional school of longtails have been sighted in areas such as the Pearl Channel, Naval Reserve Banks, Rainbow Channel and the Mouth of the Rous Channel and around the banks to Spit Beacon. They have been hard to tempt in most cases but a few have been hooked by anglers with small plastics and flies.

The shallows of Mud Island are still producing quality bream in depths of less than 1m by anglers with good technique with lures. Surface presentations have been both popular and productive with Towadis, Red Pepper, Water Moccasins, Teeny Pop R’s and Tiemco Pencils being just a few that have worked. The shallows of less than 2m on the north-eastern side of St.Helena have been producing a few squid for anglers with prawn style squid jigs. Plenty of flathead are still being caught in the estuaries with most being school flathead between 30cm and 50cm. An occasional quality specimen to well over the maximum legal length of 70cm has been caught and released with the best in recent weeks being an 89cm horse caught in under a metre of water at Jumpinpin. Anglers fishing with baits and lures in most of the major estuaries are still encountering quality bream, flathead, whiting and the occasional grunter, estuary cod, jacks, trevally, tailor and jew.

Threadfin salmon in the Brisbane River are fairly common captures still, with specimens being caught on both lures and live baits. They are a species which are accessible to shore based anglers fishing from the various jetties and pontoons along the length of the Brisbane River with live baits, especially at night. Lures that have worked include Jackal Trans Ams and Mask 70, Manns George’n’Shad, Gulp 5” Minnows and several other plastics. Crabbing is still a little slow but enough have been caught to make the effort worthwhile for most. The sand crab numbers are increasing by the day with anglers setting pots along the edges of the channels and ledges in the bay appearing to achieve the most consistent results. Cast netting in the Brisbane River, Logan River and other creeks throughout the area is starting to pay dividends for anglers targeting prawns. A few good hauls have been reported from various areas. With prawns approaching $30 a kilo presently at the shops, a few hours spent securing yourself a feed, could be worth while.

There will be a lot of anglers and other boaties on the water over the Christmas period so be patient and courteous. Most of all check all your safety gear before venturing out to avoid being fined or even worse having a disaster. Obey fisheries regulations as there will be a lot of officers on the water and at the boat ramps so getting caught for infractions of the law is highly likely. Have a happy and safe Christmas and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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