Weekly Reort 30 Mar 09

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Weekly Reort 30 Mar 09

Post by Brad » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:50 am

Several days of gale force winds over the last week has greatly limited angler’s opportunities to get out onto the water. I did manage a short trip to Peel on Friday morning with Kym Lynch and we managed to catch some good numbers of snapper on plastics, however most were just undersized. We landed three keepers to 48cm fork length, which made a nice dinner that night. We tried the back of Goat and Bird Islands for some squid, which was fruitless, although we had several large bream attacking our jigs repeatedly. Could be a good place to throw some small minnow lures or lightly weighted soft plastics for bream if you are into that sort of thing. The pelagics were a little quiet also and apart from a few schools of small bonito we saw nothing of interest although I know there has been some decent numbers of longtails in the area at times of late. Anglers fishing the Moreton Bay Game Fish Club’s Back to Tanga Tournament did it tough over Friday and Saturday with strong winds and limited results. There was only one marlin caught which gave Gold Coast boat Allure the win for the weekend. Several other species were tagged or captured although it appears as if anglers did not let the bad weather get in the way of having a good time.

Threadfin have been fairly active over the last week or so in the river. The recent bout of high winds will push more baitfish inside this system, which should further heighten their activity. Snapper, cod, flathead and especially bream have also been caught with regularity. Try areas such as Clara’s Rocks, The Oil Pipeline, around the Gateway Bridge pylons, and the dropoffs into the main river-bed towards the mouth and you should be in with a chance. Offerings have been varied with anglers achieving success on live baits, dead baits and artificials including Jackal Mask, TN60 Silent, various plastics, blades and others. Fishing live baits along the edges of the main river-bed is usually a productive ploy at night. Prawns, herring mullet and pike will all produce results. There has been a lot of school mulloway around and anglers have been getting these on artificials as well as live baits, especially around the deeper holes adjacent the upstream bridges at night. Occasionally mulloway and threadfin can be seen boofing bait on the surface around these lighted areas.

The Jumpinpin area has also been fishing well with bream, flathead, tailor, trevally, mulloway and others being regular captures for persistent anglers with good technique. Drifting baits in the main channel has been a good ploy with flathead and bream being the main species caught. Some anglers are also jigging plastics in these deeper sections and have been catching the occasional mulloway. Schools of surface feeding species such as trevally, tailor, mack tuna and frigates have occasional been smashing it up around the bar area on an early morning rising tide.

Some anglers are still getting a few mud crabs whilst setting pots in the deeper holes up in the creeks and rivers. Prawns have been a little hit and miss, although I have heard that there has been some decent catches from around the mouth of the Logan River at time. Most other creek and river systems are producing decent numbers of prawns for those who are willing to work at it.
Hopefully the weather will improve over the next few days and allow us to get out into the action.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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