Weekly Report 17 Apr 10

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Weekly Report 17 Apr 10

Post by Brad » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:06 pm

Reports have been varied over the last week or so with a good range of species being caught from a variety of locations. Not all anglers have reaped the rewards of the ocean, however most have returned home happy for their efforts. Snapper numbers are increasing throughout the bay on a daily basis and many anglers have reported full bags of fish in the 45cm to 60cm range for a few hours on the water. Plastics have fished exceptionally well, even in the middle of the day and it appears as if fish are being caught anywhere, providing you get away from the crowds and find some quiet water. In addition to snapper, there have also been sweetlip, tuskfish, mackerel, tailor, trevally and other species caught on plastics. Plenty of pike have also been hitting smaller plastics and these make great live or fillet baits. Mud has been fishing the best from all reports but Peel has also been worth the effort, especially early morning and late afternoon. A few good schools of tailor have been working the edge of the reef on the western side of Peel so it pays to have a spin rod ready for when they bust up near you.

Tailor have also been taken around Mud Island, especially the shallow reef on the northern and western sides. Specific targeting with surface stick-bait style lures will generally produce better results however they have been caught on minnow lures, plastics and slugs. The mouth of the lagoon is also worth a look on the falling tide. Green is still producing a few good sweetlip for those anglers out well before dawn. The eastern side has fished the best but a few have also been taken along the drop-off into the channel between Green and St. Helena. Fresh baits of squid, mullet fillets and gar fillets have worked well. Soft plastics have produced a few for anglers silently working these areas under the power of their electric motor. Snapper have also been taken here.

Tailor have also been found in decent schools around the mouth of the Brisbane River however most have struggled to reach the legal size limit. A few threadfin have been caught, mainly on live baits and occasionally on lures. Live baiting for snapper has also been working for those who have used small mullet and larger prawns. A few estuary cod have been taken around the jetties and Clara’s Rocks. Quality bream have been located in these areas as well as the Sunken Wall and Boggy Creek. Jumpinpin has produced the occasional legal mulloway for anglers drifting plastics and baits in the main channel. The coming weeks should see some quality specimens caught and an all night live baiting session could pay dividends for keen anglers keen on their first thirty pounder. Some quality tailor have been taken here, with the rising tide the best time to locate some surface action. Hopping plastics down the mud bank at the mouth of Swan Bay on a falling tide is likely to produce tailor, large flathead and the occasionally mulloway and trevally. Trolling the banks further up the system towards the last of the run out would be beneficial for flathead.

Longtials have been very hit and miss for most. A few have been located around the western end of the Pearl Channel, Naval Reserve Banks, front of Amity and in the major shipping channels. However, they can pop up any where at any time. Squid numbers have been sporadic but anglers who search have regularly been rewarded with some big tigers and a few arrow squid. The top end of the Rous, Amity Rock Wall, weed beds along the western side of Moreton, back of Goat Island and many other shallow water locales have been productive. Even the Manly Jetty and Manly rock wall have produced a few.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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