Weekly Report 13 Aug 08

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Weekly Report 13 Aug 08

Post by Brad » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:52 pm

Reports filtering in this week have again been positive on most fronts with good numbers of fish about for anglers who had a good approach to their relevant situation. A few more pelagics in the bay this week and anglers have found both mackerel and tuna species at several locales. Longtails have been scarce for most anglers but a few quality fish have been getting around, and often fairly close to shore around the bay islands, along the front of Bribie, especially around Skirmish Point and Gilligans on the falling tide. The Pearl Channel has held a few good schools and is definitely an area where live baiting will put you in with a good chance of connecting to one of those banquet sized sashimi models. Any of the beacons in the northern bay are also worth the effort with longtails, mack tuna and the occasional cobia being caught.

A few more school mackerel around this week, with anglers soaking pillies around the bay islands, some shipping channel beacons and in the top end of the Rous Channel getting onto them at times. Trolling spoons behind paravanes is also a good ploy in the Rous, as is jigging slugs around beacons. The Brisbane River has been producing reasonable numbers of snapper to about 50cm in length with the odd better fish at times. Most have been taken on smaller plastics, especially Atomic Prongs, Gulp 3” Minnows and Zoom Tiny Flukes. Bream have also been falling for the same approach as well as quality baits such as fresh prawns, mullet fillets, whitebait and hardiheads.

Working Jackal Mask and Gulp 5” Jerk Baits along the edges of the wharfs and the main dropoffs into the river basin has produced a few good snapper as well as threadfin, estuary cod, flathead, bream and the occasional mulloway. Live baiting these edges is a better option if mulloway are on your agenda. Use mullet, pike, large prawns and herring fished right on the bottom adjacent the drop-off. The snapper around the bay islands continue to bite well for most anglers with both baits and plastics working effectively. Snapper to a little over 5kg were reported to me this week with Peel and Mud being the best options. Green Island has produced a few quality sweet lip for anglers getting out and fishing the eastern side early in the morning with quality fresh or live baits.

The Curtain Artificial Reef is a good bet also with a variety of species including snapper, yellowtail kingfish, trevally, cobia, mackerel bonito and longtails being reported. Again, best results have come to those who use live baits or plastics. Tailor still lurk around the Bribie Island Bridge at night and are suckers for a lightly weighted pillie or hardihead. They can also be taken on chrome slices and baitfish profiled flies. A few snapper and quality bream have also been caught. Most of the estuarine systems have produced a steady array of flathead, whiting, bream, tailor and other species, especially around the mouth of Jumpinpin. Whiting numbers have been good throughout the bay, with the Sand Hills, Small Ships Channel, Browns Gutter, Manly foreshore, Naval Reserve Banks and Maroom Banks being a few of the choice spots.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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