Weekly Report 27 Jan 09

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Weekly Report 27 Jan 09

Post by Brad » Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:47 am

Plenty of anglers made the effort to get out onto the bay over the last week to get the most out of their holidays before work and school starts again next week. The fishing has been varied with great results for some at times, whilst other anglers have struggled. Mackerel have been very patchy and only about one in three anglers have managed to score on spotties or schoolies whilst trying several methods at a variety of locations throughout the bay. Occasionally surface feeding mackerel have been found however more often than not results have been achieved by drifting pillies or small live baits around the beacons. This has been best around the change of the tide with the addition of other species such as snapper, small cobia, sharks and shovelnose rays getting in on the act. Drifting pillies or trolling spoons behind paravanes or trolling boards in areas such as the Four Beacons, top end of the Rous Channel and along the edges of the shipping channels has accounted for a few schoolies. Knowing how to use and interpret the data your sounder provides, will often fast track you in finding these deep schools of mackerel.

Squid have been around in great numbers with the majority of reports coming from the Rous Channel and Brown’s Gutter area. Many anglers are getting more than fifty quality squid for a few hours of trying on either the classic prawn style jig or a squid jag baited with a pillie or other whole fish bait. Other reports have filtered in from the Goat Island area, north-eastern side of Peel, Amity Wall, Blue Hole and around the Timbers at Moreton. Sand crabs have been plentiful at many areas throughout the bay and most crabbers are returning home with a good feed for a day’s effort. Setting the usual witches hat style dillies or a safety pot along the contours and ledges out from the bay islands, along the edges of the shipping channel and around the mouth of the Brisbane River should see you with a tasty dinner. Fish frames, chicken carcasses and whole mullet all make great baits to put in your crabbing apparatus. Mud Crabs have also been caught around the mouth of the Brisbane River as well as most other creek and river systems feeding into the bay. Safety pots are best for these guys however they can be taken in dillies, especially with 12 ply mesh, however they can also make a bit of a mess of them at times.

Some good numbers of whiting have been caught in recent weeks at all the usual banks and gutters throughout the bay. The shallows out the front of Manly have been one consistent spot that is not too far from the ramp. Naturally, live or fresh baits are best however they will eat a broad array of frozen offering as well. One angler drifting for whiting in this area during the week put out a whole pillie on ganged hooks in hope of a shark but was pleasantly surprised to land a 52cm school mackerel. Sharks have been plentiful throughout all areas of the bay. A little bit of tuna oil for a berley trail and a larger bait such as a whole gar or saurie is all that you need to get connected to one of these great fighters. Use a larger landing net to secure them once at the boat and be careful, as even the smaller whalers have the ability to inflict life-threatening wounds, if you are careless.

There have been a lot of reports of grass sweetlip being caught around the bay islands. The two best spots appear to be Green and St. Helena, the latter will be closed in a few weeks to fishing when it becomes a green zone under the EPA’s (Empowered by Political Agendas) new closures. St.Helena is another spot close to major ramps that is soon out of bounds to fishing, forcing small boat owners to travel further afield to chase snapper, sweetlip and other species. As some areas are closed to angling, others will receive more fishing pressure. Logically this just doesn’t add up on a scientific basis and one wonders when there will be any sensible decisions made by the EPA that aren’t just politically motivated.

Most of the estuaries have been producing the usual steady stream of bream, flathead and whiting but the mangrove jack have been the species that are the target of keen sports fishermen at present. These are being caught around structure on live baits and lures with regularity. Most of the canal systems as well as prominent rivers all hold these crimson assassins and they can provide a lot of fun for anglers who land them and frustration for those that don’t.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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