Weekly Report 14 Nov 09

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Weekly Report 14 Nov 09

Post by Brad » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:03 am

Not a lot has changed in the bay and filtering waterways recently, however the fishing has been steady for most anglers. Pelagic action is still a little light on, however anglers willing to travel have been finding the occasional surface bust-up. This is often just frigate tuna or small bonito, however anglers have occasionally struck gold by finding longtails. Trolling the edges of prominent banks has occasionally produced a few school mackerel, especially for those willing to go to the effort to rig pilchards to swim. Small minnow lures, and spoons trolled a few metres aft of trolling boards or planing boards, have often yielded results. Usually once you find one mackerel you will catch several over the next hour or so. The last few hours of the rising tide often produces the goods but this varies from location to location. Drifting pilchards, suspended a few metres below a float, will tempt the odd mackerel around the bay islands, especially Peel and Mud. Jigging the beacons with chrome slugs and slices, or dropping pilchards adjacent them will also produce decent results at times, however these sign-posts often receive a lot of attention on the weekends.

Cobia numbers have been dismal this season however the odd one shows up now and then. Dropping large live baits such as whiptails, yakkas, slimeys and crabs around the beacons, especially those in the NW and NE channel, will provide your best opportunity. Hit each beacon a few times and then move on to the next. Snapper are still being caught around the bay islands, however numbers have dropped off considerably. However, there have been some quality specimens to over 6kg caught at times by those who persevere. Fishing at night with baits, and late afternoons with plastics, seems to be the best bet, but anytime you have a bait or plastic in the water you are a chance, especially when boat traffic is at a minimum.

The Curtain Artificial has received a lot of attention, especially on the weekends but continues to produce a few quality fish for those with good live-baiting and plastic-fishing technique. The main catch has been snapper, but an occasional cobia, XOS trevally, yellowtail kingfish and sweetlip has also been hooked. Those live-baiting have also encountered quite a few large sharks to over eight feet in length. Sharks have also been around in numbers adjacent the bay islands and will eat almost any thing you put in the water, including soft plastics. Specific targeting will increase your odds and provide you with a bit of fun. Line classes between 4kg and 10kg will suffice for the average sharks, which are less than 20kg in weight. A large gar, pike or mullet, pinned with snelled circle hooks on nylon-coated wire leader will put you in with a great chance of success. Drop in and see me if you want any more details on this fun way to target a few noahs.

The estuaries are really starting to produce a few jacks in recent weeks. Most of the creek and canal systems have produced jacks with the best recorded this week being 56cm. Plenty of jacks in the 40cm to 50cm class have been taken on live baits (predominately mullet, prawns and herring) as well as lures. Many anglers have been having success in the canals on blade lures, which are worked around prominent vertical structure such as pylons, rock walls and jetties. Plastics rigged on light jigheads will also do the job well in this situation. Threadfin numbers are either increasing or there are more anglers out successfully targeting them, as reports of captures seem to come in almost every day. Anglers fishing from the shore and from boats have accounted for several specimens to over 120cm in length on live baits. Newstead Jetty and Colmslie Jetty are popular spots however anywhere along the river that you can access is worth a try, especially at night. Boaties also have the advantage of being able to work lures successfully along the edges of the drop-offs into the main riverbed. Jackal Mask, George-n-shads, Jackal Trans Ams, blades and many different plastics have been working in this situation. I have also heard of a few anglers trolling up threadies by working deep diving lures along the edges of the major banks that drop into deeper water. Remember, the only way to guarantee the Brisbane River threadfin fishery for the future is to release the majority of the fish you capture.

I managed a trip out wide with a few mates in the Blackwatch 34, Estiva, last Friday in almost millpond conditions. We jigged two spots in over 150m of water off Moreton with metal jigs as there was almost 4 knots of current running and we could not keep jighead-rigged plastics near the bottom for long. Minimum 300g knife jigs were the order of the day and we managed six snapper between 3kg and 7kg and three kingies to around 5kg, which were hard work in such deep water. We then headed north for a troll, zig-zagging between the 200m and 300m lines and hooked a blue marlin around the 200kg mark on a Bahama lure which managed to spit the hook during the first run. We also had a couple of other strikes from smaller fish but failed to connect. It was a positive sign of things to come, with water temperatures hovering around the 24degree mark. Another angler fishing off Point Lookout managed to raise two solid blacks between 80kg and 100kg the next day but failed to convert them into captures. Hopefully there will be some more good reports over the coming weeks.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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