Weekly Report 25 Jul 10

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Weekly Report 25 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:57 am

Fishing has been fairly consistent within Moreton Bay and the filtering waterways over the last few weeks. Prominent species have been located with ease by those specifically targeting them. Although there has not been any exceptional captures reported to me, it seems as if most anglers have achieved good results. The Peel Island area has received a lot of attention but has been worth the effort, especially for those fishing around the extremities of the day, dawn and dusk. These periods often produce a good bite, regardless of tidal phase. Snapper to over 4kg have been reported from this area by anglers fishing with soft plastics along the edges of the reef, mainly on the western side. Bait fishing in this precinct, and at South-West Rocks, has produced decent results, however anglers getting the best quality fish have endured the cold nights in their pursuit.

Mud Island has been a little less productive than in previous seasons however there still seems to be a few quality fish to be caught for those who persevere. Some of the better snapper caught on plastics have been taken pre-dawn or during periods when boat traffic is at a minimum. Grass sweetlip, flathead, trevally, tuskfish and several other species have been encountered in this precinct. An occasional school mackerel has been caught around the bay islands by those floating out pilchards while at anchor or whilst drifting and fishing plastics. Schoolies have also been caught up in the Rous Channel, mainly on the higher stages of the tide. Their numbers should increase over the coming month or so.

Squid are regularly being caught at most of the usual haunts throughout Moreton Bay. Most of the shallow reef and rubble areas surrounding the bay islands are worth a try. The Manly Harbour area and Manly Rock Wall have been a popular spots for land-based eging. Casting squid jigs at night around any lighted areas will often reward you with a few tasty cephalods. Bream numbers have been fairly good throughout the creeks and estuaries and anglers have achieved results on lures such as plastics, blades, minnow lures, surface stick-baits and poppers. Bait fishing offers a more relaxed yet productive approach. Squid, mullet strips, chicken fillet, fowl gut, mullet gut, worms and green prawns all make good offerings for bream.

Fishing around the Bribie Island Bridge at night has been worth the trip, with bream, flathead, snapper, trevally, tarpon, tailor and snapper being caught. Anchoring upcurrent from the bridge and floating back baits such as small pilchards, whitebait, frogmouths, hardiheads, fresh prawns and yabbies will produce the best opportunity. Use a minimum of lead and allow the baits to drift back naturally into the lighted areas on a slack line. Be ready to wind and set the hook when you get a take. A few mulloway have been caught around the Bribie Bridge, Jumpinpin Channel and around the lower reaches of the Brisbane River. Some have been caught on lures, mainly soft plastics, but live baits are generally more productive. Live mullet, prawns, herring and squid make prime offerings. Don’t forget that mulloway now have a minimum legal-size limit of 75cm.Apart from mulloway, the Brisbane River has yielded threadfin, trevally, flathead, snapper, bream and cod for anglers with live baits and lures. Casting blades, lipless crankbaits, plastics and Jackal Mask and Trans Ams along the edges of the drop-off into the main river channel will generally produce a few fish. Casting around the fronts of the jetties is popular and productive, although you must stay at least 30m from the jetty to avoid a fine.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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