Weekly Report 6 Mar 08

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Weekly Report 6 Mar 08

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:50 pm

Once again this week, anglers have had limited opportunities to get out fishing in the bay, although the estuaries have accrued some attention from anglers needing a fix. The bay islands are still producing reasonable numbers of quality snapper for anglers with well-presented baits and soft plastics. A few better quality sweetlip have also been caught with Green Island producing four quality specimens to 3.3kg for one angler early in the week. He was fishing pre-dawn with strips of fresh pike and whiting for bait.

Peel Island has been a good place to fish a few soft plastics with anglers finding that the last of the run in tide has been a good time to be on the water. Dawn and dusk are also peak periods when activity is heightened. The houseboat wreck has been worth a drift with plastics or quality fresh baits. Good numbers of banana prawns are still being caught in the major river and creek systems. Anglers with cast nets have been achieving full quotas at times with the Brisbane River, Caboolture River, Pine River, Burpengary Creek, Logan River and the flats out from Nudgee being a few of the productive areas during the week. A few salmon are still being caught in the Brisbane River by anglers with both lures and live baits. Prawns, herring, mullet and squid all make great live offerings when fished along the edges of ledges, amongst schools of prawns and other areas where the salmon are likely to be lurking. Lures such as Jackal Mask 70, Manns George-n-Shad, Tropic Angler Shads, DOA Terror-Eyz and several others have all worked.

A few quality bream have been caught in the shallows around Mud and St.Helena Islands on small plastics and surface lures such as Moccasins, Red Peppers, Towadis, Tiemco Pencils and several others. A few squid have also been caught on these lures by those anglers targeting bream. Pelagics are still around in the northern bay with mack tuna being the most prominent species. As yet no reliable reports of spotted mackerel and I reckon we can just about forget about them for this year. Longtails have been sighted in small schools from several areas of the bay with the front of Bribie, Western Channel, Rainbow Channel, Pearl Channel and Four beacons areas being just a few of the areas worth looking. A few schools of small mack tuna and frigate tuna were feeding around the south passage bar area on the run out tide. These make great troll baits for species such as blue marlin, Spanish mackerel and wahoo, as well as cut baits for an array of reef and estuarine inhabitants.

Jigging the beacons in the northern bay or floating around a few pillies is likely to attract the attention of the occasional school mackerel and juvenile yellowtail king. A few trevally and small yellowtail kings have been caught on surface lures and plastics fished around the Dunwich Jetty at night. A mixed bag of bream, flathead, whiting, mulloway, trevally, grunter and others have been reported from several of the estuarine areas such as Jumpinpin and Pumicestone Passage. Most of the estuaries have been receiving a lot of pressure due to the bad weather limiting anglers opportunities to get offshore however the fishing continues to be fairly good for most. Sharks have been numerous for anglers in the bay, the Brisbane River, Logan River and many of the creeks. Live mullet will soon attract the attention of any shark in the estuary areas but any whole dead fish bait will also work in the bay and river when a little berley is added to the equation.

May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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