Report 1st Dec 05

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Report 1st Dec 05

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:17 am

I managed to get a day off work last Wednesday, to again head out into the big blue yonder. We headed to The Trench in the Black Watch 30 “Vesuvius” to target wahoo and billfish. It was all looking good and after about 15 minutes my 8” Fetish lure, which was riding shotgun was eaten by a ‘hoo of around 10kg. Junior angler Christina Zappala bought it to the gaff in a couple of minutes and it was released into the ice-box. About two hours later the other junior aboard, Sam Trovato, landed a striped tuna on a purple 4” Bullship bibless, run on the starboard short flat. Despite trying several other areas we could not get another hit for the day in either the Trench or Hutchies. “Magic Pudding,” an Ocean Cylinder, also had a quiet day and only managed a couple of striped and mack tuna. We met up with them at Combyuro for a quick swim before heading back to Manly.

There were a few scattered schools of surface feeding fish in the bay, which mainly looked like small mack and frigate tuna. I have had a few reports of small schools of mackerel working a little wide of Mud Island and in the Greasy Hole area. Jigging the beacons has also proved productive at times.

Squire and snapper are still worth targeting around the bay islands, especially at night. The water has been fairly clear but hopefully the recent rains will stir things up a bit.

Good whiting have been caught around the flats and shallow gutters in the bay, and anglers have spent many a lazy day drifting the banks targeting these tasty morsels.

The estuaries have been worth a try for whiting and school flathead. There has also been a few jacks, estuary cod and trevally to be caught around any more heavily structured areas such as rock walls, bridge pylons, mangrove banks and pontoons.

Live baiting the deeper holes in the canals and creeks has produced a few jacks, large flathead and estuary cod. Of course the pike eels have also been on the chew.

Mud crabs have been fair recently but the recent rains should really improve the action. Setting a few pots in the deeper holes, along the edges of mangrove lined banks and the mouths of smaller creeks and gutters should put you in with a good chance. I have had quite a few reports of mud crabs being caught in the city reaches of the Brisbane River of late.

There should still be a few cobia around in the bay. Live baits will usually produce the goods when they are in the vicinity. Try any of the beacons in the northern bay, Curtain Artificial, Four Beacons and Western Rocks.

Longtail tuna have been found at the mouth of the Pumicestone Passage and Gilligan’s Island on the run out tide. Small chrome slugs or baitfish profile flies will be required to get them in the mood.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
Ph. 07 33986500

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