Weekly Report 30 May 10

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Weekly Report 30 May 10

Post by Brad » Sun May 30, 2010 7:54 am

Not a lot of reports have filtered in over the last week, mainly due to ordinary weather that has hampered angler’s chances to get out onto the water. Trips to the bay islands have been popular for a few hours of effort, between the wind and rain squalls. Snapper have been the main target however many species have been encountered by anglers with soft plastics and baits. At Peel, the South West Rocks area has been producing quite a few decent snapper for anglers floating out lightly weighted baits, especially around the change of the tide. Berley in the form of cut pilchards and tuna oil soaked pellets has also been worth using. The western side of Peel is worth a look with a good array of species being taken from its waters, especially by anglers fishing plastics along the edge of the reef. Stealth is extremely important for good results, so an electric motor is a big advantage. Tailor, trevally, sweetlip, pike, bream and tuskfish have also been caught in this precinct. Between Peel and the Naval Reserve Banks there has been a few schools of tuna at times. These have predominately been frigates and small macks but an occasional longtail has also been sighted.

The Rainbow Channel is a better option for longtails but they are still fairly sporadic. Mud Island has been a popular spot for those chasing snapper but has also produced some quality grass sweetlip, tuskfish, tailor and an occasional school mackerel. Squid and cuttlefish have been attacking all manner of baits and plastics and specific targeting should produce a good feed of these tasty cephalods. Drifting out a squid jag baited with a whole pilchard under a float or cast and retrieve conventional squid jigs, and you should get a few for a feed. Squid numbers have been awesome over the last two months and land-based anglers have easily managed a few on most trips. I have been doing a fair bit of squid fishing around the Manly Harbour area of late and have managed at least two large squid for each trip. Spent a few hours down there last Wednesday night and caught seven big tiger squid on a gold Daiwa squid jig with rattles in it. The attraction of the sonic rattles in the jig definitely seemed to make a difference in the dark of night, after using a silent jig for a period with no result.

Most jetties, rock walls and canals are worth a look at the moment providing the water is fairly clear. Prawns are still being caught in the Brisbane River, however the numbers are dropping off considerably at the moment. The mouth of the Logan River has been worth a look with cast-netters scoring some decent hauls from this area. Threadfin numbers in the river have been a little sporadic however anglers have taken a few whilst live baiting along the edges of the main river channel down near the mouth. Live mullet, prawns, herring and pike will tempt these awesome sportsfish as well as many other species. Live baiting is also highly effective for land-based anglers fishing from spots such as Newstead Jetty, Colmslie Pontoon and Jetty and Mowbray Park, as well as any other spots that you can cast a line from. Night sessions casting surface lures, plastics and blades around the Dunwich Jetty has been worth the effort with trevally, tailor, cod and the occasional yellowtail kingfish being hooked. Longtail tuna have been hard to find for most but the occasional fish has been caught along the front of Bribie Island, Pearl Channel and in the major shipping channels. Mack tuna, frigates and bonito have been easier to find but are fairly flighty most of the time.

May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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Re: Weekly Report 30 May 10

Post by Tamakka » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:35 pm

Hi guys,

new to fishing moreton bay by boat and i was wondering if anyone could give me an idea as to where to catch a few legal sized fish please?

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