Weekly Reports 6 Jul 10

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Weekly Reports 6 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:16 pm

Not a huge amount of reports filtering in during the week with minimal opportunities for anglers to get out and about onto the water. Many have been limited to the estuaries because windy conditions have made it a little uncomfortable in the bay for those in smaller craft. The estuaries have been fishing well for flathead with good numbers coming from most parts of the Pumicestone Passage and Jumpinpin areas as well as all creeks filtering into Moreton Bay. Anglers have caught these on baits and many different lures. Most offerings put in front of a flathead will be mouthed, making them a fairly easy species to catch. Drifting baits in the channels is any easy way to get the kids onto a few flathead during the school holidays. Whole fish baits such as frogmouth pilchards, whitebait, hardiheads and pilchards usually work a treat, however flesh baits from mullet, pike, bonito and others can also be used. Those who are a little bit more adventurous can try trolling small minnow lures or casting soft plastics along the edges of the banks during the falling tide. Jumpinpin anglers can try areas such as the main channel leading out to the bar, Kalinga Bank, Whalleys Gutter, Gold Bank, MacKenzies Channel and the bottom end of Short Island.

Tailor have been a little sporadic but quality specimens have been around for those who persevere. Most have come from the eastern facing beaches of Moreton and Stradbroke however a few nice fish have also been caught from Bribie Island. The Skirmish Point area has been an easily accessible spot for land-based anglers, even those without 4WD vehicles. Various gutters further north along the Bribie Island beach have also been producing some decent tailor as well as dart and bream, but you will need a 4WD and a permit to fish these locations. Anchoring your boat at The Bedrooms in from the Jumpinpin Bar and then walking across the sand spit to the beach may also be highly rewarding at times. Late afternoons and early mornings are usually the best times. If you are specifically targeting larger tailor then try pencil gar or salted bonito strips as they often work better than the humble blue pilchard.

A few longtail tuna have been caught along the front of Bribie Island by boating anglers casting chromed slugs or baitfish-profiled flies. They have mainly been in schools of less than ten fish and have been a little flighty at times. Several have been better than 15kg in weight, giving a good account when hooked on light spin tackle or a fly rod. Squid numbers have tapered off a bit but there are still a decent numbers around for those who put in the effort. Most of the land-based spots, including the Manly Rock Wall and Manly Point have still been worth the effort. The upper Rous Channel, Goat Island, Rainbow Channel, shallows around King Island, Mud Island and Green Island are all worth a try.

Offshore anglers have been getting some decent pearl perch, snapper, kingfish and amberjack from areas such as Shallow Tempest, Square Patch, Hutchies, Brennan’s Shoals, Robert’s Shoals and the various offshore wrecks. Baits (pillies, squid, yakkas and slimey mackerel), soft plastics, swing jigs, octo jigs and many other offerings have been working. Brisbane River anglers are still getting a few threadfin salmon, cod and snapper whilst live-baiting in the lower reaches. Lure fishing with plastics, blades and reaction baits has been a little slower than in the summer months, however there has still been a few fish caught. A few school mackerel have been caught from the Amity Point Rock Wall by anglers cast and retrieving pilchards. The Dunwich Jetty has held a few GT’s, bigeye trevally, juvenile yellowtail kingfish and estuary cod for anglers working plastics, poppers and stick baits around the lighted areas at night.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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