Weekly Report 13 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 13 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:54 pm

A few positive reports have filtered in this week although the northerly winds have limited the opportunities for many to get to their favorite spots. Results have been mixed, however plenty of quality specimens have been caught by dedicated anglers who put a little thought into their fishing approach. There has still been a few quality snapper taken around the bay islands with at least one specimen over 80cm caught at Mud on soft plastics during the week. However, there has not been numbers of snapper caught, but the quality of those taken by anglers who persevere definitely makes the effort worthwhile. Anglers are also experiencing bite offs from mackerel and even sharks whilst casting plastics around the bay islands. The scented varieties such as Gulp and Slam seem to attracting the most attention from sharks. Grass sweetlip, cod and a few other species are also being caught at times.

Keep your eyes peeled when in the vicinity of the bay islands as there has been the occasional surface bust-up from longtails and school mackerel a little wider of the islands. One angler had a longtail crash on some bait close to the reef edge at Peel and managed to quickly change his cast direction to put his Zoom Fluke right on the nose of a longtail around 18kg, which promptly sucked down his offering. After around an hour of fighting the fish on 10lb braid, his 20lb fluorocarbon leader parted. There has been a few mackerel cruising along the reef edge so it should pay to float out a pilchard under a float if you are anchored in this vicinity. Mackerel have been jigged on chrome slices and baited with pilchards from around the beacons in the northern section of the bay. Anywhere from the Four Beacons north is worth a look. A few unstoppables, probably cobia, sharks or shovelnose rays, have also been hooked in this vicinity on baits and large plastics.

Offshore anglers have been starting to get a little action whilst trolling lures. In around Hutchinson Shoals, The Trench and off Point lookout there has been dolphinfish, wahoo, yellowtail kingfish and the occasional billfish. Out a little wider there has been some larger black marlin to around 150kg and a few blues to over 300kg caught. You will require heavy tackle for blue marlin, which can drain a reel of almost a kilometer of 37kg line in less than a few minutes. If your reels do not have this capacity then you are going on an elephant hunt with an air rifle. These adolescent black marlin can generally be landed on any quality reel that holds around 600m of 24kg line with good boat driving. Sometimes, even 15kg line can produce success, however the degree of skill and luck required will increase considerably.

The light-tackle black marlin are generally less than 40kg, and can usually be caught on 8kg to 10kg line with careful boat handling and a relaxed, yet sensible approach. These can be caught from the average 4.8m boat, when weather conditions allow access to the grounds. Increasing your chances of success will come from putting in time on the water and getting the right gear, lures, rigs and teasers to start with. Talking to someone with a few seasons of practical experience is better than someone who is just regurgitating second-hand information. Getting the right start can easily fast track your success and will heighten your chance of success once a billfish strikes. Watching the direction, location and troll speeds of other boats trolling skirted lures and baits can be useful. Often good numbers of experienced and dedicated anglers will be on the water during gamefish tournaments and this often produces good opportunity to see the kinds of areas they are working. Practical on-water experience is definitely the best way to gain confidence and sharpen your skills, so get out there.

The estuaries are still fishing consistently for flathead, bream, cod mangrove jack, trevally and a several other species. The canals have some exciting lure casting targets in the form of mangrove jack, however tussles with larger estuary cod can also be an adrenalin rush. Live baiting and casting lures will produce results on these fun sports fish. The area around the mouth of the Brisbane River has definitely been worth a look and provides a good sanctuary when the winds make travel in the bay uncomfortable. Estuary cod, school mulloway, threadfin, flathead and bream are a few of the more highly prized targets however several other species can also be hooked on both baits and lures.

There has been a few decent mud crabs around in Boggy Creek, Tingalpa Creek, Aquarium Passage, Breakfast Creek and many other systems. A few sand crabs have also been taken around the mouths of systems feeding into the bay. Jacksons Creek, Brisbane River, Caboolture River and Burpengary Creek would be worth a try.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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