Weekly Report 27 Apr 09

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Weekly Report 27 Apr 09

Post by Brad » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:59 am

I managed to jag some nice weather on my day off last Friday and did a trip out into the bay. Started pre-dawn at Mud Island and although we caught and released a few dozen snapper and sweetlip on soft plastics we only managed to score one decent snapper of around the 2kg mark and one sweetie to take home. An added bonus was two school mackerel, one that was taken on the plastics and another on a pillie fished under a float and dragged behind the boat as we drifted around. Went over to the four beacons and caught several other fish but nothing of note. Didn’t see any surface activity however there are a few schools of small tunas further north in the main shipping channels.

Longtails have been few and far between of late but hopefully we should get another seasonal run within the next few weeks. The Bribie Island Sport Fish Club’s Longtail Tuna Fly Fishing challenge is on the 9th and 10th of May and although other tuna species score points, the longtails and yellowfin are rewarded with the most points so it would be nice if there were a few around to cast a fly towards. Call Jeff Sorrel on (07) 3284 2632 if you require any more information on this great weekend. Hope to see you there. Bream numbers are on the increase with the shallow rubble and reef areas of the bay producing some quality fish of late. Try the shallows of Scarborough Reef, Mud, Goat, Bird and Cochiemudlo Islands with small surface lures and plastics. The walk-the-dog style stick-baits such as Maria Wise-Dog, Lucky Craft Sammy 65, Megabass Dog-X Junior and Owner Zip’N’Ziggy have been especially popular and productive. Most of the canal and rock walls have also been fishing well but in this deeper water the plastics and blade lures have produced the goods. Bream to 1.7kg have been caught in recent weeks and if current results are anything to go by then we should have a good bream season with plenty of 1kg plus bream to make the effort worthwhile. Bream are scavengers so most baits will also work and they are probably one of the easiest species to catch for any angler from either a boat or the shore.

Quite a few flathead have been about but most have been smaller fish of less than 50cm. They have been more common around the mouth of the major creek and river systems but have been turning up right throughout the estuarine system. Whilst some have been caught on baits targeted at bream, the better numbers have been taken by anglers trolling small minnow lures or with plastics along the edges of the channels and flats on the falling tide. Land-based anglers can usually do well on baits around the mouths of canals, along rock walls, Scott’s Point and many other areas where there is a bit of structure. There has also been quite a few small mulloway around of late and anglers are reporting up to double figure catches of these schoolies to around 4kg, in a single night. Many anglers have been keeping these fish, as they are unaware that the new size limit is now 75cm and there is a bag limit of two fish.

Prawns have been patchy so far this season but good hauls were taken out from Woody Point over the weekend with many anglers getting their limit in under an hour. There were a heap of boats out chasing them and most anglers proficient with a cast net have achieved good results. The lower sections of the Brisbane River continue to fish well for threadfin, snapper, bream, flathead and cod for anglers fishing baits and lures along the edges of the channel and around the jetties. Live bait is usually not too hard to find in the Brisbane River for anyone with a good sounder and a cast net.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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