Weekly Report 15 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 15 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:02 am

Conditions for fishing have been excellent for most of the last week, due to light winds that have allowed anglers plenty of chances to get out on the water. Although conditions have been very cold in the mornings, the westerly winds have allowed anglers to venture out to the bay islands and even further away in relatively calm seas. The westerly winds have also been perfect for the beach fishermen and catches of tailor and bream have been good from North Stradbroke, Moreton and Bribie Islands.

Mud has been a popular and productive spot for anglers with the extremities of the day, dawn and dusk, being the prime times to be out there. Both bait fishing and plastics have worked well with snapper to 6kg reported to me. Plenty of specimens to around 2kg have been caught and many anglers have returned home happy with mixed bags of snapper, cod, sweetlip and occasional other species.

Peel has also been rewarding for anglers with plenty of snapper and other species including tuskfish, sweetlip, cod, bream, pike and morwong being caught with regularity. Again, snapper to over 5kg have been landed and some anglers have reported losing larger fish. A few yellowtail kingfish have been caught around the Houseboat wreck along with snapper and moses perch.

Dunwich has been a good option for a few casts at night when the lights attract baitfish, which in turn attract species such as trevally, yellowtail kingfish, snapper, cod, bream and occasional mackerel. Casting lures such as soft plastics, poppers, stick baits and small minnow lures has produced good results. Even on fairly heavy tackle, anglers have been getting dusted on the pylons by better quality fish. Live baits have also produced the goods when you can acquire them.

Squid numbers are still good around the bay with arrow and tiger squid being prominent catches for those anglers who target them. There has even been a few squid caught on pilchards and other baits, by those targeting snapper and the like around the bay islands. Even a few large cuttlefish have been encountered with one specimen of around 4kg taken from the channel between Mud and St. Helena Island.

Bream numbers have been good of late with most creek, river, canal, shallow reef and rubble grounds throughout the bay, and its filtering waters, producing quality fish. Most baits, even frozen, have produced results however there is no denying that quality fresh baits usually produce the best quality bream. The shallows around the bay islands and Scarborough Reef have continued to produce results on big bream with most anglers using lures in these waters. Whilst surface lures are still producing a few fish, the bite is not as good as that experienced during the summer months with this technique. Sub-surface presentations such as plastics and shallow diving minnow lures will produce the best results during the cooler months for the majority of anglers.

The Brisbane River is still fishing reasonably well with threadfin, snapper, cod, bream, flathead and other species being caught with regularity. Live baits, especially prawns, have come to the fore as the numero uno producer of quality fish, especially when presented close to the bottom with a minimum of lead. Those with good luring techniques have found that offerings such as Jackal Mask and Trans Am, most lipless crankbaits, blades and a broad array of plastics have produced results. Snapper to around 2kg show up with regularity and the occasional better fish to 5kg show up at times, but are far from common. Some large estuary cod can be caught, however they are tough to pry from many areas on lighter tackle due to their close proximity to structure and dogged fight. Large live mullet and pike fished on tackle of at least 10kg will be required for consistent results on larger estuary cod but will also attract the attention of threadfin, sharks, mulloway and large rays. Plenty of school mulloway are also being caught in the river lately but most have not eclipsed the 75cm minimum size, so must be returned to the water.

May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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