Weekly Report 14 July 08

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Weekly Report 14 July 08

Post by Brad » Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:44 am

Reports of bream are still filtering in from most estuary systems in the area, and it appears as if good numbers were caught by both tournament anglers and family groups over the last few weeks. Both baits and lures have worked well with Berkley Gulp 2” shrimp, TT Switchblades and Jackal Deep Chubby being a few of the more popular lures. Baits such as worms, yabbies, mullet fillets, raw chicken fillet, whitebait and prawns have featured for anglers using baits. Bream are probably the easiest species to catch for amateur and junior anglers and taste great at the end of the day. Tailor are another species that has been fairly prominent for some anglers over the last few weeks with catches reported from both the estuaries and beaches. Around the Bribie Bridge at night, South Passage Bar, Manly Rock Wall, shallows on the northern end of Mud, top of the Rous Channel, Jumpinpin Bar and all eastern facing beaches, catches have been fairly consistent.

A few big tarpon have been caught around the Bribie Island Bridge at night. Best results have been forthcoming by floating unweighted live yabbies and hardiheads into the lighted areas. Small soft plastics have also worked at times. Snapper, pike, trevally, bream and several other species have been caught. The fishing around Mud Island has been a little hit and miss this week. Late afternoons and early mornings have been best but some creditable snapper have been caught right throughout the day at times, mainly on soft plastics. Plenty of squid have been caught around the north-western side of Mud, north-eastern side of St.Helena, back of Goat, Bird and Peel Island, and the weed beds north of Tangalooma.

A few longtails have been seen surface feeding in various areas throughout the bay but the reports have been fairly scattered and it appears as if it is just a case of traveling until you find some action. The most common reports have been from the Rainbow Channel and the front of Bribie Island. Reports of whiting have been fairly good with the Sand Hills area, Maroom Banks, Amity Banks, Browns Gutter and Little Ships Channel being good areas to try. Fresh worms are numero uno bait wise, however yabbies and thin strips of squid will also work a treat.

The Brisbane River continues to fish well for many anglers with snapper, threadfin, bream, flathead, estuary cod and the occasional mulloway being caught. Anglers are using both lures (soft plastics, lipless reaction baits and small minnows) as well as baits for results. Some quality snapper to over 50cm fork length have been caught on live baits such as prawns and poddy mullet, drifted along the edges of the channels. Soft plastics have also worked well on the snapper but many anglers have also hooked the occasional threadfin salmon as well.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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