Weekly Report 20 Mar 08

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Weekly Report 20 Mar 08

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:52 am

A few opportunities to venture out into the briny blue this week has pleased anglers and given hope of a few more trips over the Easter period. The bay has been a popular spot during the few gaps in the weather when anglers have been able to venture out, although reports have been a little mixed on the piscatorial front. A few decent schools of pelagics, mainly mack tuna (some XOS specimens), frigate tuna and an occasional bonito and longtail have been located and caught in areas such as the Rous Channel, Lucinda Bay, Greasy Hole, Middle Bank, Shipping Channels, Western Channel and off Bribie. They’ve been fairly easy to approach and have been tempted with small chrome slices, soft plastics and flies.

Snapper have been a little quiet this week especially as far as quality specimens are concerned. Mud and Peel have both been producing reasonable numbers of fish but most have been under or just above legal size. A few decent sweetlip have been caught around Green for those anglers on the water early before sunrise. Once the sun has broken through the bite tapers off quickly. Quality fresh baits are paramount for a quality catch but the humble frozen pillie still accounts for a few fish at times. Plenty of bream have been caught up in the shallows around St.Helena and Mud Islands. Often anglers have been casting their offerings in water as shallow as 50cm yet have been rewarded with bream to over a kilo at times. Small soft plastics such as Atomic Prongs, Gulp Shrimps, Zoom Junior Flukes and many others have produced quality specimens. The occasional legal tailor has also been hooked in these shallows in the early mornings however most have been lost before capture. Small surface lures have also been working, especially many of the finesse style Japanese-made ones.

Plenty of sharks have been caught in various areas of the bay and now is a good time to take advantage of these great sportsfish as their numbers will dwindle a little as the cooler weather and currents approach. Areas such as the mouth of the Brisbane River, around any of the bay islands and the spoil grounds have been prime places to try. Any whole fish bait drifted unweighted into a tuna oil slick will put you in with a great chance of hooking up whilst on the drift. There are still a few tailor to be caught around the Bribie Island Bridge at night by anglers fishing lightly weighted baits such as hardiheads, whitebait and frogmouth pillies. An occasional one has also been taken on soft plastics and flies. There are a lot of small ones around also and only about one in four will make the icebox legally. A few good bream and occasional tarpon and trevally has also been caught.

There seems to be plenty of good whiting around the estuaries of late, especially for anglers with live worms and yabbies. One angler did well near the Avon Wreck in the Pumicestone Passage. The mouth of the canals, channel leading into Elimbah Creek, The W’s and mouth of Bells Creek have been a few other spots that have featured in reports. Other species such as bream, flathead and the occasional legal grunter has also been caught. Whiting and flathead have been caught in many areas of the Pine River however one angler did well whilst drifting with baits over the banks between Dohles Rocks and the Hornibrook Bridge. Setting a few pots in most of the estuaries should produce the occasional mud crab or sandie. Prawns are still around in differing numbers and the use of a good sounder is a handy tool for finding the better schools. Have a safe and happy Easter break and remember to check all safety gear before venturing out. Most of all be courteous to other people out on the water, especially you jet ski riders.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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