Weekly Report 17 May 08

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Weekly Report 17 May 08

Post by Brad » Sat May 17, 2008 11:39 am

There has not been a lot of reports filtering in over the last week although conditions were favorable and anglers have been making the most of it. The inshore fishery around the bay islands has been fairly quiet of late for those plying their trade during the day as a result of clean water due to the frequent westerly winds. Those braving the cool and fishing at night have been getting amongst a few quality fish at times with baits producing the better specimens, but plastics producing more fish in most cases. Mud, Green and Peel have all been fishing well during the darkened hours for snapper, cod, sweetlip and several other species.

Sweetlip have also been on the chew at Green for those anglers who want to be fishing several hours before dawn. Once the sun starts to rise the bite basically stops but some anglers are managing half a dozen good fish for the morning, which is reward for being an early bird. An occasional school mackerel is still being caught in the bay, especially around the bay islands by anglers floating out unweighted pillies whilst snapper fishing. Any of the beacons in the bay are also worth investing around the peak of the tide with a lightly weighted pillie. An occasional cobia is also hooked with this technique.

Bream numbers appear to be on the rise although the huge bream spawning runs we have experienced in years gone by haven’t seemed to have happened for a few years. Places like Short Island, Tiger Mullet Channel and Kalinga Bank at Jumpinpin seem to be worth a try and have a reputation for producing good numbers of quality bream. Fresh baits are best but frozen offerings such as pillies, frogmouths, whitebait and hardiheads are also worth using. Fishing at night will definitely increase your catch rate but you will need to invest in a good beanie, flanno and thermos if you want to be like a diehard bream fisho and brave the chill.

Reports of mulloway are on the increase although anglers are generally tight lipped about their successes. A few have been caught around the Jumpinpin Bar area, Kalinga Bank and also the Bribie Island bridge. Live baits, especially mullet, has been the undoing of the better specimens although a few good ones have also fallen for soft plastics. A few sand crabs have been caught around the bay islands of late although crab numbers have been down overall this year. The mouths of most of the creek and river systems have been worth a try on the rising tide. If you are game enough to leave your pots set overnight then your chances will more than double.

Threadfin salmon are still being caught in good numbers at various locations along the Brisbane River. Some anglers who have got it wired have been easily managing a few fish per session on lures and flies. Live baits have also yielded results and are the best option for anglers fishing from the bank, especially at night. Mullet and prawns are the best but herring, pike, squid and other livies have all worked. I took the kayak for a paddle in Nudgee Creek last Sunday and trolled a few lures to snare a couple of small flathead. The tidal phase was not right for this type of fishing and I will have another crack on a falling tide another day. I was mainly after a little exercise and trolling a lure was just the incentive I needed to go for a paddle. I saw one angler pull up a pot with what looked like it had four good sand crabs in it.

Scarborough reef produced a few good catches during the week including snapper, sweetlip, bream, trevally, cod and flathead. Many anglers worked hard for their results but the dawn and dusk periods have definitely been worth the effort.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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