Weekly Report 28 May 08

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Weekly Report 28 May 08

Post by Brad » Wed May 28, 2008 7:23 am

Anglers fishing in the estuaries are noticing a rise in the number of fish with bream, flathead, whiting, tailor and other species showing up with regularity. With the cool mornings and nights, plenty of anglers have not ventured out until the morning sun is high in the sky but results have still been good for many. Fishing at night will definitely produce better results if you have the inclination and brass-monkey sturdiness about you. Sitting in the mid morning sun is much more relaxing but the diehard anglers will usually brave the elements for the better catch.

Several reports of mulloway, some as large as 18kg have filtered in with anglers getting these better fish by soaking live mullet in the deeper holes and channels at night. One angler I spoke to recently caught a 9kg and 11kg mulloway in a deep section of the channel on the seaward side of the Bribie Island Bridge. He fished all night and the two fish landed were the result of a double hookup on live mullet. He also hooked several unstoppable critters, probably some of the mammoth white-spot shovelnose rays which inhabit the area or possibly a shark or large cod.

I went for a paddle in my kayak up Serpentine Creek (off Nudgee Creek) on the weekend and managed two small bream and three flathead to 61cm on trolled lures. It is an interesting little system although very few boats could access it at anything less than the last few hours before high tide. This would mean you would have to get out within an hour or two of the top or risk getting caught there for several hours. Is a great place for a kayak or small tinnie owner to soak a line when conditions are unfavourable for fishing unprotected waters.

Snapper are still being caught in the Brisbane River with the main channels producing quite a few decent fish for anglers with good luring skills or those with live baits. Pillies are producing a few quality fish at times, but naturally also attract a lot of shovelnose rays, catfish and other undesirable species. Lures such as Jackal Mask and TN60, Gulp 5” Jerk Shads and a host of others have been working. An occasional threadfin has also been encountered but these are thinning out quickly as the colder weather approaches. Better numbers of longtail tuna are starting to be reported by anglers targeting them in areas such as the front of Bribie, Pearl Channel, Naval Reserve Banks and occasionally along the front of the Sand Hills. Small chrome slugs and baitfish profile flies such as bay baits, surf candies and Polar Fibre minnows have all been productive.

Spotted mackerel were caught by anglers fishing from the beach at Bribie Island. Those concerned were targeting tailor but the spotties were naturally a welcome, yet unexpected, capture. Quite a few tailor have been caught along this section of the coastline, especially around Skirmish Point and between second and third lagoon. Quality dart and few larger bream have been fairly consistent in anglers wading bags. Worms and pippies are the best bet for those targeting these species. Not a lot of news from around the bay islands this week with the daytime fishing still being a little quiet. Night sessions are a better bet but with the full moon the fishing has not been as good in these shallow margins as in recent weeks. A few squid have been caught in the shallows on the eastern and north-eastern side of St.Helena on the prawn-style squid jigs. Other spots where they have been reported include Manly Jetty, Victoria Point Jetty, Goat Island and the weed beds north of Tangalooma.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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