Weekly Report 18 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 18 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:12 am

Again this week, there have not been a lot of opportunities to venture far on the briny, blue, due to windy conditions. The reports that have filtered in have been very positive with good action both inshore and further afield. I managed a quick trip in the kayak to the Aquatic Paradise canals where I cast small plastics around the various jetties and pontoons and trolled a few lures along the edge of the channel at the mouth. Managed a few small flathead and bream as well a couple of pike. It was a bit a fun on a morning when the wind had prevented me going to any of my usual haunts.

More than a few anglers have managed the occasional early morning stint around the bay islands, and although the action has slowed considerably, trips have still been worthwhile with a few snapper and sweetlip falling for soft plastics and well presented baits. Other species such as school mackerel, morwong, bream, tuskfish and others have also been tempted.

Still a bit of pelagic activity in the bay with schools of smaller tunas, bonito and the occasional mackerel being found. No solid reports of spotties yet but good bait school activity early in the season in the bay is a good sign. Hopefully water temperatures will drop in the coming weeks to heighten the chances of the larger schools of spotties filtering into the bay.

Longtails have been around at various locales throughout the bay. Try areas such as the Naval Reserve Banks, Rainbow Channel, Lucinda Bay, Pearl Channel and most of the shipping channels. The bait they are feeding on at the moment is very small and you will generally have to match the hatch with small plastics, slugs or flies no longer than 1.5cm in length. The fly fishermen have the decided advantage in this situation as they can more accurately copy the bait on which these sashimi torpedoes are feeding on with a well-tied fly. A good fly caster can easily lay out better than 35m of line which will generally allow you to lay it on their nose, so long as they are not exceptionally spooky. Four stroke motors are a definite advantage whilst stalking schools of tuna and other pelagics.

A few mangrove jack have started to show up in the creeks and canals lately. The really hot days with a rising barometer (as is often the case when a thunder storm is looming) are definitely best times to be casting your lures to the various forms of cover that mangrove jack like to inhabit. The closer you get to the structure the better your chance of a hookup however it also puts the ball into the jack’s court increasing the chances of him wrapping you around the structure and busting you off. Live baits are a good option for those who like the more relaxed approach and these can be fished close to structure and also in deeper holes around the change of the tide. The various canal systems provide a good habitiat for the jacks and allow you easy access in most cases, no matter whether you have some form of water craft or are a land-based angler. Live baits are the key to success however, with mullet, prawns, herring and small diver whiting all working well. This provides a good option for those times when the wind will not allow you to access more open waters.

Flathead are still around in numbers throughout most of the estuarine systems. Reports have filtered in this week from areas such as Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel, Slipping Sands, Pine River mouth, Deepwater Bend, Donnybrook and the mouth of Elimbah Creek. They have been taken on all manner of baits and lures and as is often the case with flathead, you just have to put it in front of them to get the rod bucking with a hook up. The mouth of the Pine River and the flats at the mouth of Tingalpa Creek are good spots for those land-based anglers who like to cast and retrieve lures and small whole fish baits such as frogmouth pillies, whitebait and hardiheads.

Reports of threadfin are coming in from all areas of the Brisbane River. Anglers working their lures (Jackal Mask 70, Manns George’n’Shad, Atomic Prongs and various other plastics) along the ledges in the river have been doing exceptionally well at times. An hour either side of the change seems to be the key time however results have been forthcoming during all stages of the time for those who persevere. Apart from threadfin, many of which have exceeded a metre in length, there have also been snapper, flathead, estuary cod, jacks, grunter, bream and other species caught.

Hopefully we will have some good weather over the coming week to allow anglers to venture out into the bay and further offshore. The fish are definitely out there and are just waiting to be caught. May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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