Weekly Report 14 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 14 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:26 am

Not a lot of reports this week due to fairly ordinary weather with strong winds, occasional storms and fairly mixed conditions throughout. Many anglers have been fishing in the estuaries to satisfy their piscatorial itch, with fairly consistent results for most. A few have snuck out to the bay islands early in the morning for a few hours but there has been very few days when venturing much further has been worthwhile.

Flathead numbers are still fairly healthy throughout most estuarine systems and as a result they have been popular targets. Anglers fishing baits at anchor have caught a few but those who drift have been getting better numbers due to covering more area. Whitebait, frogmouths, hardiheads and small pilchards are ideal for this approach when presented on a twin-hook snelled rig. Trolling small, brightly coloured minnows lures along the edges of prominent banks and channels on the falling tide has been another good approach. In some areas, such as the mouth of the Pine River, between the Hornibrook Bridge and Dohles Rocks, this can be done via Shank’s Pony. Wading the shallows and casting small plastics and minnow lures on the last two hours of the run-out tide and first hour of the run-in can produce some quite good numbers, mostly school flathead up to 50cm. An occasional better fish also gets caught here with my personal best a 77cm lizard taken a few years ago. Bream, whiting, stargazers, pike and a few others specimens may also be caught at times.

Other areas worth investigating on foot are the mouths of Lota Creek, Jackson’s Creek, Aquatic Paradise Canals, Boggy Creek and areas around the Scarborough foreshore. A light spin rod and backpack with a few lures, leader, de-hooking pliers, line cutters, water, a little food and some sunscreen is all that you will need. Make sure you also have a hat and some protective footwear such as wading boots or sandshoes. There is a myriad of creeks and rivers to explore in a small tinnie and as kayak anglers have an unlimited number of places to launch their craft they have even more options. Many anglers just catch and release flathead however remember that if you do wish to keep one that there is a size slot of between 40cm and 75cm for dusky flathead.

A few snapper are still being caught around the bay islands however the fishing has been fairly slow of late. Some quality snapper to over 5kg are being caught but only by those anglers with lots of perseverance who can get out onto the water when it is a bit quieter boat traffic wise. With the few decent storms during the week there could be some better crabbing for muddies over the next few days as a few would have been flushed out of the small creeks and gutters into the main system. Set your pot in the deeper holes, along collapsed mangrove banks and the mouths of these small gutters. Fish or poultry frames will work well as bait in your pots and don’t forget to have them adequately labeled and stay fairly close to avoid having them stolen or raided.

The Brisbane River has been fishing fairly well with quite a few threadfin being caught on live baits from boats and the shore. Mullet, prawns and herring seem the best offerings. Casting lures along the ledges and drop-offs into the main river and around the various jetties has been worthwhile for some. A few small school mulloway were taken at Clara’s Rocks last weekend on live baits. A few legal snapper have been taken but they have been fairly quiet in the river of late. Hopefully the wind will drop out giving anglers some better chances at getting out onto the bay and further offshore, so reports will hopefully be better next week.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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