Weekly Report 29 Dec 07

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Weekly Report 29 Dec 07

Post by Brad » Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:36 am

The report is a few days late this week as I was hoping for some positive feedback on the fishing from anglers. Unfortunately due to lousy weather the reports have been few and far between with only an occasional angler venturing far from the ramp. The Brisbane River has received a flogging with anglers targeting salmon and other species from the mouth to Kookaburra Park. Results have been mixed but there has been enough fish caught to encourage you to have a go yourself. Most anglers are working the ledges and deeper holes for their results with both live baits and lures working.

A few decent mud crabs have also been caught in the Brisbane River with one angler getting six legal bucks from his pots set up towards South Bank. Jumpinpin anglers have been getting a mixed bag with bream, flathead, whiting, school jew, trevally, tailor and school mackerel being reported. Many anglers have been drifting the main channel leading in from the bar with baits and plastics. A small congregation of school mackerel were located out near the bar on boxing day and some anglers managed to extract a few on slugs and pillies. Gold Bank, Whalleys Gutter, Mckenzies Channel, Slipping Sands, The Aldershots, Crusoe Island and Duck creek are a few of the areas where anglers have reported catching flathead on trolled lures and cast and retrieved soft plastics.

An occasional angler have managed decent catches of prawns in the Pine River, Logan River, Cabbage Tree Creek and out from Nudgee Creek. The going has been pretty slow but persistent anglers have been getting enough to make the effort wortwhile. No decent reports of mackerel from the bay yet and I am starting to wonder if they will show up at all, especially considering the cool water temperatures that are extending well offshore. The billfish and several other seasonal species are also conspicuous by their lack of abundance. The mouth of the Pine River, especially from Dohles Rocks to The Hornibrook, has been a consistent producer of school flathead to around 50cm for anglers trolling lures and drifting with baits. The last few hours of the falling tide is usually the best. The canals have produced an occasional mangrove jack, estuary cod, flathead and trevally for anglers live baiting at night in the deeper holes and adjacent to prominent structure. Soft plastics and small minnow lures have also worked for some.

Whilst the weather gods are frowning upon us, it would be a good time to put in a submission in protest to the proposed closures of many popular areas in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. All you have to do is to write about how the closures will affect your fishing and possibly your livelihood, especially if you own any business in proximity to, or on the major routes to ramps where anglers buy supplies, food or fuel. There is a multitude of ways in which these closures will affect a broad array of anglers and associated others and this is what you have to let the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) know. You can phone 1800 105 789 or email moreton.bay@epa.qld.gov.au to request a copy of the submission form and draft zoning plan. You can also visit www.epa.qld.gov.au/moretonbay for more info. There are some very silly things being done including closing one large area in the paddock out from Mud Island, yet allowing millions of tonnes of sand and mud to be dredged adjacent to it to fill in a perfectly healthy estuarine system near the airport to make a new runway. Funny how fishermen are always the ones copping the rough end of the pineapple. If you don’t like being kept away from your favorite spots due to the wind, imagine how annoyed you will be in millpond conditions when you can’t fish them.

Hopefully there will be some inspiring reports for next week however with almost a week of strong winds predicted I doubt if many anglers will have the opportunity to venture out. Take the time to service your gear and do necessary repairs to boats, motors, trailers and tackle so you will be prepared when the opportunity arises. Remember no fish is worth risking your life for, so take care.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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