Weekly Report 18 May 09

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Weekly Report 18 May 09

Post by Brad » Mon May 18, 2009 5:57 pm

Not a lot has changed piscatorially since the last report with a good mix of species being caught throughout Moreton Bay. Some decent weather has allowed anglers to get out and about with glassed out conditions being a welcome relief from the recent spate of bad weather. Bream numbers are on the increase with plenty of 1kg plus fish being taken recently. The eastern facing beaches and the mouths of the estuaries have produced the best numbers of quality fish although canals and further up the systems are also worth the effort. The shallows of the bay islands have been especially productive for quality bream for those anglers with a stealthy approach and good technique. In these shallow waters possessing reef and rubble bottoms, small diving minnow lures and topwater presentations have been the best option. Mid-sized stickbaits such as Maria Wisedog and Megabass Dog-X Junior allow long casts across the flats, even in windy conditions, and work well on bream as well as an array of other species. Small soft plastics will definitely produce results however you will have to be lucky not to snag up. The shallows around Green, Mud, King, Peel and Goat Islands as well as Scarborough Reef are good places to try.

Prawns are still being caught in reasonable numbers in the Brisbane River and other waterways filtering into the bay and are probably the reason why good numbers of threadfin have been caught in the river in recent weeks. Many threadies have been caught by land-based anglers using live prawns, mullet or herring for bait. Some anglers have managed to hook up to a dozen fish in a session with about half that landed. Spots such as the Colmslie Jetty and Pontoon, Newstead Jetty and any other jetties along the river have all produced threadfin in recent days. Apart from threadies, there has been quite a few school mulloway caught in the lower reaches of the river, mainly on live prawns. Most have not eclipsed the current legal limit of 75cm but the occasional keeper has hit the deck from areas such as Clara’s Rocks, Oil Pipeline, Caltex reach and from around the Gateway Bridge area. Lures such as plastics, blades and Jackall Mask have also been worth the effort. Many anglers targeting bream have found themselves hooked into better quality fish, which have really given them a challenge on light line.

The snapper numbers around the bay islands have been good except there has not been a lot of quality fish caught of late. I ventured out to Mud last Thursday afternoon at around 4pm and managed around 35 snapper in the next three hours but only seven were over the legal mark with the largest just 42cm. Hopefully some big snapper will be around in the coming weeks. Anglers who like chasing snapper on artificials may be interested in fishing in the Bribie Island Sport Fish Club’s Snapper Challenge on the weekend of July 4th and 5th. Call Jeff Sorrel on 3283 2632 for more details. Pelagic activity in the bay has been fairly quiet but there has been the occasional surface feeding school of fish around. A few quality longtail tuna have been caught by anglers live baiting around the beacons in the bay with yakkas and slimey mackerel. Cobia have been quiet although the odd one caught has generally been better than 20kg in weight. Live baits are the best option for these prime table fish, which are generally caught around the beacons in the northern bay and the various ledges and wrecks where bait fish and small reef species are found.

Tailor numbers have been patchy most of the time but some quality fish have been caught from the eastern facing beaches of the Moreton and Stradbroke Island and from around the Jumpinpin Bar area. Squid have been fairly consistent catches from areas such as the top of the Rous Channel, Browns Gutter, Amity Rock Wall, Manly Rock Wall and many other spots. Drifting a squid jag baited with a pillie behind the boat, whilst plastics fishing around the bay islands, is also likely to reward you with a tasty calamari treat.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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