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Post by Brad » Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:04 am

I spent three days out around the Trench, Hutchies and Cape Moreton last weekend for the Redcliffe Billfish Challenge. The fishing was a little slow for many, including us, but we did manage to tag a black marlin, three yellowfin and weighed a dolphinfish. We won this tournament last year but could only manage eighth place this year out of the 45 boats that fished. The full results should be in the tournament section soon. The black marlin we caught was tiny and I doubt that it would have given 5kg a nudge. It was only around 90cm in length - the smallest I have ever caught or seen. Many of the billfish caught were in this pre-school category and would not have been any older than three months. Many teams called them for juvenile sailfish due to the dorsal which extends the full length of the body when black marlin are this young.

Anglers fishing the bay have found it a little quiet lately, possibly due to big tides and a fair bit of dirty water in close. The snapper around Mud Island have not minded and anglers using soft plastics are still getting a few decent fish. Drifting a pillie on the northern end may even produce a mackerel or two.

Peel Island has been in the same condition, although a little colour in the water here is better than really clear water. A few small cobia of around 4kg to 6kg have also taken a liking to soft plastics and live baits along the edge of the reef and outlying beacons.

The Curtain Artificial produced a few nice squire for one angler last week. He did an all-nighter and returned home with six snappery-squire to 2.4kg and an 11kg cobia. He also got bitten off twice on his floating pillies, which could have been a shark or mackerel.

Sand crabs are still worth chasing and a few pots set along the edges of the ledges or contours should produce a feed. The ledge out from Scarborough Harbour has also produced a few mud crabs for anglers leaving pots out overnight.

The estuaries have been a little quiet due to the fresh, however mud crabs are being caught in good numbers by anglers setting pots in the deeper holes at the mouths of creeks and along mangrove-lined banks.

The Jumpinpin Bar has had a few good flathead and school jew for anglers jigging plastics on the last of the run in tide.

The mouth of the Brisbane River is a good spot to be working a few plastics, with anglers catching snapper to over 60cm on slowly drifted offerings. A live prawn will also do the trick but the local bream population will probably drive you crazy.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
Ph. 07 33986500

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