Weekly Report 24 Aug 08

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Weekly Report 24 Aug 08

Post by Brad » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:15 pm

Many anglers have returned from a day on the bay with good reports of quality fish being caught. Obviously this is not always the case but in general the fishing has been fairly good. Both demersal and pelagic species are about although good technique and often a little luck is involved in finding and catching these fish. Snapper continue to be caught around the bay islands in good numbers with both plastics and baits accounting for quality fish. Those anglers with good techniques with plastics have been managing snapper to over 6kg, even in the middle of the day. Larger stick bait style plastics such as Berkley Gulp 5” and 7”, Assassins, Guzzler 6” and Atomic Jerk Shads have all produced fish. Most plastics will work when fished well and the list of plastics that snapper will readily eat is almost endless.

Baits have also worked well with hardiheads, squid, pillies, mullet fillets and a host of other presentations working well when fished on a running sinker rig similar to that which you would use for bream. Using the freshest baits available and the lightest sinker possible will definitely increase your chances of connecting to those better quality fish. Getting away from the crowd is also a bonus. The snapper wander these shallow reef and rubble areas and are much more likely to be caught if you are fishing alone than anchored up with the crowd in the so-called “productive areas”.

Longtails are still fairly scarce but some anglers have managed to find a few in areas such as the Rainbow Channel, Pearl Channel, front of Bribie (especially around Skirmish Point and between 2nd and 4th Lagoon), shipping channels, Gilligans Island and Lucinda Bay to mouth of the Rous Channel. They have been easier to catch on slowly worked flies and plastics than the conventional metal slugs as they have been casually sipping bait from the surface instead feeding hard.

Drifting unweighted pillies out behind the boat while you are snapper fishing around the bay islands is likely to produce a few school mackerel at times. Peel has probably been the best of them however most of the islands have produced a few fish. The Rainbow Channel has been the best spot to try for a few school mackerel with anglers trolling spoons seeming to get the best results. The western bank of the northern end from the Amity township to almost Moreton Island has been the best bet. A few have been caught in the top end of the Rous Channel and while this has been a little hit and miss, the schoolies should move into this area in good numbers soon if past seasons are anything to go by.

Plenty of bream, flathead and whiting are being caught in most of the estuarine systems. The mouth of the Pine River and Hayes Inlet have been popular and productive spots for both land-based and boating anglers. Whiting and flathead have been the most common species taken however bream, pike, small trevally and a few other species have been encountered. Baits, plastics, minnow lures and flies have been worked successfully in this precinct. The southern end of the Pumicestone Passage from the Avon Wreck right out to the Tripod Beacon has been producing the usual bream, flathead and whiting as well as snapper, tailor, bigeye trevally, tarpon and a few other species. Drifting with plastics or whole fish baits such as hardiheads, whitebait, frogmouth pillies, herring or live prawns is the best bet.

The Brisbane River is another area worth a look, especially on those days when the weather limits offshore journeys. Snapper, threadfin, bream, estuary cod, sharks, rays, flathead and mulloway have been caught recently with the best of these taken on live baits of mullet, herring, pike, prawns and even squid. Anchor adjacent to one of the prominent ledges and fish these baits lightly weighted alongside these ledges and you are in with a good chance. Plastics, Jackal Mask and Trans Am as well as several other offerings have worked for the lure fishermen.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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