Weekly Report 24 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 24 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:43 am

Clean, clear water around the bay islands has meant that the going has been tough, especially during the daylight hours. Fishing a little wider of your usual marks will often pay dividends as snapper and other species are still be in the vicinity but are a little more cautious of coming into the shallows. A stealthy approach and quality bait and lure presentation will go a long way in tempting these more cautious fish. Other options would be to fish deeper areas such as the Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, Curtain Artificial, Benowa Track Grounds and any of the various wrecks in the bay. Some quality snapper have been caught at these spot over the last week with one angler managing a full bag of 2kg plus snapper with the best going a shade over 6kg. All fish were taken on plastics at Green Island and the Harry Atkinson and he also managed to release at least another six fish over legal size. He had sized down his leader to 12lb fluorocarbon and fished Gulp 5” Jerk Baits in several different colours for this great result late in the day.

Flathead numbers are definitely getting better every year and more anglers are realizing what a fun fish these are to target at this time of the year. They can be caught at a wide array of land-based and boating locations and once you understand their habits you will quickly realize that there are a lot of spots they like to inhabit. Many anglers think they have to cast as far as possible to the deep water to tempt a few flathead however most are in shallow water close to shore, especially when it is a little discoloured or conditions are overcast. Casting small, jighead-rigged plastics to around 10cm long is one of the more enjoyable and easy ways to catch them as you explore new areas. Keep your retrieves slow so the plastic regularly hits along the bottom, stirring up puffs of mud and sand like a crustacean or baitfish as it feeds. Try around the mouths of the canals, the shallows around Boat Passage, mouth of Lota Creek, Jacksons Creek and anywhere else you find shallow sand and mud banks. The falling tide generally produces the best results and easiest fishing.

A few anglers live-baiting in the canals and creeks have reported mangrove jack starting to show up. Best fish reported to me so far this week was a 46cm model from the Newport Waterways canal however there are plenty of larger specimens out there just waiting to smash a lure or live bait. Other reports have filtered in from most of the other canals, the rock bar in Glasshouse Mountain Creek, Tingalpa Creek, Manly Boat Harbour and even from the rock wall at Fisherman’s Island. Live mullet and prawns are best but any live or fresh offering is better than frozen bait. Threadfin are still showing up in the Brisbane River with most of the reported action coming from the upper reaches in the Indooroopilly stretch this week. Anglers have been casting plastics, Jackal Mask and a selection of minnow lures around the lighted areas at night for results on threadfin to 90cm. This area also holds a lot of smaller fish around the 60cm mark, which make great fun on lighter tackle or fly rods. The lower section of the Brissie River has also produced threadfin, as well as snapper, bream, cod and a few school mulloway. Flathead have been caught around the mouth of Boggy Creek on the falling tide.

A few squid are still being caught from locations in the area. The Amity Rock Wall, Brown’s Gutter and Bird Island seem to be the best bet however land-based anglers should try around the canals and from the manly Rock Wall. Night sessions from the manly Public Jetty are also sometimes worthwhile. There has been the occasional report of pelagics busting on the surface in the bay but there appears to be no consistency in the reports, with just the occasional sporadic bit of activity. It could pay to have a spin rod ready rigged with a small chrome slice or jerk-shad style plastic when traveling throughout the bay as you never know when some action may pop up near you. An occasional cobia has been caught however there has been a lot of live-baiting time between hookups. Try around the beacons in the NE and NW Channels, the Curtain Artificial or the Kaptajn Nelson wreck. I will be doing a talk on catching cobia in the Moreton Bay area at the Brisbane Boat Show on this Friday the 28th at 4.45pm if anyone would like to know more about catching this species. Later on at 7pm I have another talk on fishing plastics in deep water. Hope to see a few of you there.

There is some decent weather coming up in the latter half of the week so get out and enjoy the angling options whilst you can.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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