Weekly Report 23 Mar 09

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Weekly Report 23 Mar 09

Post by Brad » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:25 am

Longtails are still being caught throughout the bay however the best action seems to be in the southern end of the bay, especially around areas such as the Sand Hills, Harry Atkinson, mouth of the Rous Channel, Naval Reserve Banks, Rainbow Channel and as far south as Coochiemudlo Island. A broad array of slugs have worked, as well as baitfish profiled fly patterns and stick bait style plastics such as Zoom Flukes and Powerbaits. Further north in the bay there has also been longtails sighted and caught however they have generally been in smaller numbers and are more erratic in their feeding pattern.

Early last week, good numbers of small mack and frigate tuna were feeding in the area between the Four Beacons and Measured Mile beacons. There were also schools in the main shipping channel north of Tangalooma. We caught and released over 30 of these small mack and frigate tuna on Tuesday. They would hit slugs almost as soon as they landed and were a lot of fun on light line. An occasional school mackerel is still being caught around the beacons and along the edges of the drop-offs around the islands on pillies. The Measured Mile beacons have been attracting a lot of attention lately and have been producing a few schoolies along with the usual array of shovelnose rays, wobbegongs, sharks and the occasional quality cod.

Plenty of snapper were caught at Peel during the week, mainly along the edges of the reef on soft plastics. Whilst I had no reports of largish snapper, many to a bit over 2kg were tempted, especially by anglers fishing light with fluorocarbon leaders of around 10lb to 12lb. Several tuskfish, sweetlip, cod and others were also thrown into the fray and provided a welcome bycatch. Fishing with this lighter gear results in more bites but unfortunately also results in more bustoffs on the better quality fish. The Brisbane River has provided a few threadfin salmon on both live baits and lures, especially in the lower reaches. Night-time sojourns have produced better results however fish have been caught right throughout the day. Snapper, bream, cod, flathead and occasional other species have also been caught. Bream numbers have been great with many anglers catching double figures of quality fish for a few hours on the water. Blade style lures cast around the jetties have worked well for the bream as have a broad array of plastics.

Prawns have been patchy at times however the cast-netters who have managed to find good concentrations have been well rewarded in most cases with a 10 litre limit achieved in an hour or two. The mouth of the Logan River was one area, which produced good numbers of prawns during the week. Most of the major creek and river systems would be worth a shot, with the deeper holes worth targeting around the top of the tide. Some quality tailor have been taken in the shallows around Green Island over the last week. Most have been encountered by bream anglers working small surface lures such as Maria Wise Dogs and Lucky Craft Little Sammy. Specific targeting should see better numbers caught if they hang around. One would also expect to get amongst a few in the shallow areas close to the island on the northern and eastern side of Mud. An early morning rising tide would be a good time to have a scout around.

The Jumpinpin Bar area has been fairly patchy of late but a few anglers have reported hookups on unstoppable critters whilst jigging plastics early in the morning, even on 30lb braid. Flathead, bream, trevally and others have been caught in the area on both baits and plastics of late but expect to work hard for a few quality fish encountered. Hopefully we should see some better weather later in the week to allow some quality time on the water. I will probably be fishing in The Moreton Bay Game Fish Club’s Back To Tanga’s tournament on Friday and Saturday if conditions allow my 4.65m center console to venture out. This should be a great Tournament and I am looking forward to hopefully venturing out. If you want any more info then call Noel Webb on 3286 5762.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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