Weekly Report 22 July 08

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Weekly Report 22 July 08

Post by Brad » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:22 am

Another positive week of fishing reports this week with many anglers having stories of quality catches, and of course, a few about the one that got away. Snapper seem to be the target of many offshore and bay anglers with both plastics and baits being well received by snapper to over 10kg. The average bay fish has naturally been around the just legal size however most anglers are managing several quality specimens in the 2kg to 4kg bracket and often even to over 7kg for a session.

Peel has been a little quieter than in years past, however there have been enough quality specimens around to make the effort worthwhile for most. Anchoring along the edge of the prominent reef and running a good berley trail is your best bet if you are bait fishing. Often it may take a little time to get the first enquiry and often the action can be thick and fast although you will have to sort through the undersize specimens and the various types of vermin to get a feed of quality table fish. Snapper, sweetlip, cod, parrot, bream, morwong, mackerel and several other species are serious options when fishing like this. Another area nearby where this will pay dividends is around the houseboat wreck and any beacons in the area. Working soft plastics along the reef edge is a proven way to entice a few strikes from the various inhabitants.

Mud has also been fishing fairly well most of the time although it can be a little sporadic, especially when the boat traffic is heavy. These shallow grounds will often shut down during these busy times and it often pays to move off by yourself and find a new area to fish. Once again, a little berley added to the equation can seriously improve your results. Plastics worked around the prominent edges and ledges will often produce results, especially during the faster stages of tidal flow and when boat traffic is at a minimum. I fished a spot on the northern side of Mud last Friday and my mate Kym Lynch managed a nice snapper of a bit over 3kg in weight. We also managed a good-sized cuttlefish on a plastic, which was also kept to supplement the family meal.

A few longtails were sighted in really close to the beach at Bribie during the week. The early mornings have been the best time to try, especially around the full tide period. Often the longtails have been close enough in that you could cast to them from the beach if you were Johnny on the spot. Schools of dart and tailor have also been patrolling this precinct. I spoke to one angler this week who managed a few just legal chopper tailor at Skirmish Point. The best fish of the day, a tailor around 2kg, was hooked just on sunrise and was almost back to the beach when a dolphin swooped upon it, grabbed hold and ripped it off the anglers hooks. He was not impressed but still managed to take a decent feed home.

Early mornings fishing off the Scarborough Jetty have produced quite a few decent fish for anglers. Bream have been the main fare however the occasional school mackerel, tailor and flathead has also been caught. The mackerel and tailor have generally been tempted with a pillie floated under a balloon. Both the Pumicestone Passage and Jumpinpin area have been fishing fairly well. Bream have been prevalent, especially for anglers fishing baits in the deeper holes at night. Towards the mouth, tailor have been fairly consistent early in the mornings with most being taken by anglers drifting pillies. The Bribie Bridge and surrounding area has fished well at night for tailor and bream with the occasional other species thrown in for a bit of variety.

It is just a hunch, but I reckon there should be a few school mackerel starting to get about in the top end of the Rous Channel. There are already good numbers of arrow and tiger squid about and the mackerel usually aren’t too far away after they show up. Drifting a pillie in the main channel with the rising tide is a good option, however trolling small spoons behind a paravane is another highly successful method for recreational anglers as well as commercial line fishermen. If squid are high on your wish list then there is no better time to try then now. The top of the Rous Channel and Amity area are both producing good numbers of squid at the moment. Any of the shallow reef or weed bed areas throughout the bay would be worth investigating. For land-based squidders, try the Amity Wall, Manly Jetty, Manly Rock Wall, Victoria Point Jetty and Sandgate Jetty.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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