Weekly Report 10 Jun 08

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Weekly Report 10 Jun 08

Post by Brad » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:48 am

Squally weather has limited anglers chances to get out onto the water over the last week or so. With the amount of fresh in most of the creeks anglers have found the going a little tough. The best fishing has come from around the mouths of the estuaries during the higher stages of the tide when the salinity level is higher and the cleaner water meets the fresh. The abundance of bait in these areas has attracted predators such as mulloway, salmon, trevally, tailor as well as other species such as flathead, whiting and bream. Snapper have even been caught in good numbers around the mouths of the larger systems such as the Brisbane River, Gold Coast Seaway and Pumicestone Passage.

The Brisbane River has received a good flush and anglers have been rewarded around the mouth with good numbers of fish. Prawns have been in good supply and as a result the threadfin, snapper and many other species have been congregating in this area. Plastics such as Gulp 5”, Assassins, Gamblers and many others have come to the fore on these species. Jackal TN60, Mask, Manns George’n’Shad, and a variety of shad style plastics have also worked well. Live baits, especially prawns have been doing well as well as mullet, herring and pike. Anglers who like to target sharks will also be getting into a few of the larger specimens with the bit of fresh.

The Juminpin Bar area has also been fishing reasonably well towards the higher stages of the tide. Tailor have been fairly consistent at times as well as the occasional mulloway, trevally and larger flathead. Jigging plastics has accounted for the majority of the larger fish however drifting with baits such as pilchards, white bait and frogmouths is a good way to accrue a mixed bag. The bay islands have been fishing a lot better over the last week as the water is a little dirtier since the rain and the bait and larger predators feel safer in the shallows when this is the case. Those braving the cold and fishing at night have found the better quality fish, with specimens to over 90cm being caught on both plastics and quality baits. By working your offerings along the edges of prominent drop-offs and ledges, anglers have been hooking quality snapper as well as the occasional sweetlip, estuary cod, morwong and other species.

In the top end of the bay there has been a few schools of longtail tuna, mack tuna and bonito. They have been scattered through various areas but try spots such as the shipping channels, front of Bribie, Pearl Channel and Middle Bank. There has also been a few in the southern bay in areas such as the Naval Reserve Banks, Lucinda Bay, Rainbow Channel and Harry Atkinson area. Anglers fishing from the rock wall at Manly have been catching a few bream and tailor early in the morning and evenings. The Redcliffe Jetty is another area where a few good bream and tailor have been caught. There is often a few school mackerel around for anglers floating pillies under floats early in the morning.

Most of the eastern facing beaches on Stradbroke and Moreton Islands have been fishing fairly well for bream, tailor and dart. Anglers fishing from the rocks at the northern end of Moreton, below the lighthouse, have been catching tailor, trevally and juvenile kings whilst spinning with metal slices and pencil poppers.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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