Report 15th Dec 05

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Report 15th Dec 05

Post by Brad » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:36 am

Fishing in the bay has been a little hot and cold, with some anglers doing well and others having a miserable time. Pelagics are being reported from all corners of the bay but they have not been caught consistently anywhere. The area around the Four Beacons and north up the shipping channel has held some good schools of bait, however this has not always meant that the pelagics are in attendance.

School mackerel have been caught around the bay islands on drifted pillies and spoons trolled behind paravanes. The front of Green has been one of the better spots for this pursuit with several fish being caught last Sunday. This area is still producing a few good snapper and sweetlip at times, on bait.

Mud Island has received a flogging lately but still keeps producing a few quality snapper, estuary cod and others. It is usually harder to fish plastics in this area on the weekends as the anchored boats can really clog things up. It is a wonder anyone can catch a fish with the noise some of them make as they shift spots every 15 minutes.

A few small cobia to 6kg have been caught on soft plastics around Peel Island and the surrounding beacons. Along the edge of the reef, plastics are still producing a few good snapper, sweetlip, parrot and morwong, especially on the bigger tides.

Live baiting the beacons in the northern bay is still producing a few cobia but most anglers have put in a lot of hours for the few fish caught. Longtails and larger mack tuna are also definite possibilities.

The Curtain Artificial has produced the occasional pelagic for anglers with live baits. The night period is definitely the best time to be there. A few snapper have also been caught.

Jigging the beacons in the northern bay will still produce a few school mackerel at times.

The estuaries are fishing reasonably well after all the rain with good numbers of flathead and whiting being caught. Most have succumbed to good fresh baits drifted along the gutters on the run out tide and on top of the banks on the higher stages of the tide.

I will hopefully squeeze in one more column before Christmas to give you some options for the festive season. Now is the time to check the runners on your rods, service reels and make sure the boat and trailer are in good working order, as it will be a little harder to get these things done over the next few weeks. We are only closed for Christmas day at The Tackle Warehouse, and will be open again on Boxing Day for those things you forgot.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
Ph. 07 33986500

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