Weekly Report 10 Sep 09

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Weekly Report 10 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:46 pm

Mackerel are still being caught in the upper Rous Channel at times however their numbers have thinned considerably. Occasionally there has been a few good numbers about but it has been a little hit and miss. I was up there last week and managed to get three drifting pilchards around the entrance to Brown’s Gutter but the fishing was fairly slow. The area around the inside of the South Passage Bar and further south into the Rainbow Channel has held some large schools of bait but there has not been a lot around it except for a few XOS mack tuna (I got one of 82cm fork length last week) and the occasional longtail. If this bait hangs around for a while it is sure to attract some better numbers of pelagics, so is worth a look if you are in the area. Snapper numbers around the bay island have slowed a little but there are still some good quality fish to be taken for astute anglers. Both plastics and baits will work when presented well however you will usually need to put in the hours and stay well away from congregations of anglers and high traffic areas. Peel has been worth a look early in the morning along the edge of the reef on the western side and also at South-West Rocks. Slowly working plastics over these areas whilst using an electric motor for positioning will put you in with a good chance at fish to over 5kg at times. I like to use Gulp 5” Jerk Shads on 1/4oz jigheads but there is a large number of offerings that will produce.

Mud has also been worth a look with those anglers willing to persevere in locales away from the normal angler congregation areas usually getting the best results. Quality snapper and also a few decent grass sweetlip have been caught as well as the usual array of pike, grinners, chopper tailor and others. A few school mackerel have been taken on pillies drifted throughout these areas. Cuttlefish and a few squid have also taken a liking to these pillies and if you retrieve really slowly and use a scoop net, you have a tasty entrée or some prime snapper bait. Jigging chrome slices or drifting pilchards around the bases of the beacons in the northern bay and also around the Measured Mile will likely produce a few school mackerel also. Baits have also produced snapper, sweetlip, cod and a host of other species in these areas. One angler reported having a huge cobia follow up a snapper he had hooked on a soft plastic at the M1 beacon. Specifically targeting cobia with large live baits is likely to produce the odd one around the beacons in the upper areas of the bay, along prominent ledges and wrecks and the Curtin Artificial Reef.

The Brisbane River has been a little quieter over the last week but there is still some decent snapper, bream, flathead and a few threadfin being caught. Try around the mouth of Boggy Creek and out to the oil pipeline for flathead, especially around the falling tide. The edges of the dropoff into the main riverbed, around the various jetties and also the pylons of the Gateway Bridge are good spots to cast a few plastics or blades for these species. Further upriver, around the Indooroopilly stretch, there has been a few threadfin caught at night in lighted areas and also around rocks and other structure. Most have been smaller fish under the metre mark but are still a lot of fun on baitcaster or light spin tackle. Plenty of flathead are still being caught around the estuaries with specimens to 96cm reported from the Jumpinpin area recently. Anglers who understand the habits of flathead have been achieving the best results which have usually come around the falling tide. Areas such as Whalleys Gutter, Gold Bank, Crusoe Island, Slipping Sands, The Aldershots and the mouths of creeks and Rivers have been prime areas to try. Anglers fishing large live mullet and pike around the beacons leading out of the Brisbane River have been hooking, and occasionally landing, some XOS cod to 10kg.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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