Weekly Report 2 Nov 10

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Weekly Report 2 Nov 10

Post by Brad » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:44 pm

I am penning this report aboard Huntress 11 enroute to the greener pastures of the reefs around 400km east of Gladstone. We are off to fish reef systems such as Kenn, Frederick, Sumarez and Cato for a week or so. Moreton Bay is a millpond this morning as I head out past The Cape. There has been plenty of good opportunity over the last week for anglers to get out onto the bay with a good degree of favorable weather. Reports have been great of late with several species coming to the fore.

The snapper fishing over the last month has been the best of the season with plenty of quality fish coming from all the usual haunts. Mud and Peel have been heavily fished but continue to produce plenty of quality specimens. Snapper to 7.2kg have been reported from Mud with anglers getting most of the quality fish using soft plastics and a stealthy approach as they drift the various patches of reef and rubble surrounding the islands. Getting away from the main concentrations of anchored boats goes a long way for success with better quality snapper. A few good fish have also been taken on bait, mainly during the darkened hours. Plastics have again ruled supreme at Peel with anglers working the edges of the reef on the western side and at South-West Rocks with good results on snapper, sweetlip, tuskfish and many other species. The pike have been a little annoying at times for plastics aficionados, but if you are after some prime fillet baits then they are a welcome addition.

School mackerel numbers are excellent for this time of the year with quite a good numbers of fish been taken by anglers jigging slugs around the beacons. Drifting pillies around the change of the tide is also productive at times. Add a little berley to the equation in the form of cut pilchard pieces and you will heighten your chances. Try the beacons in the northern bay and the Measured Mile beacons at the mouth of the Brisbane River. An occasional school of mackerel has been located surface feeding and anglers have generally scored good results on fish up to around 70cm in length.

Cobia numbers in Moreton Bay have been fairly good but it has been the quality of fish that has been impressive, with specimens nudging 40kg being reported. Most anglers are live baiting around beacons, rubble grounds and isolated patches of coffee rock. Large live baits are ideal with bonito and whiptails producing great results on larger specimens. Crabs make ideal baits also but remember to adhere to any relevant size and bag limits. Flathead numbers have been excellent in the estuaries for some months now and will remain that way for a while yet although numbers will decrease slightly as the water warms. Trolling small minnow lures along the edges of prominent banks on a falling tide is probably the easiest way to get connected to a few for those new to the sport. Drifting in the major channels with whitebait, frogmouths and hardiheads, especially on the first of the rising tide, is another great way to score a few quality flathead. Casting plastics, targeting drains, small gutters and the edges of banks will also pay dividends, with many of the better fish often being caught using this method.

There has been a few small numbers of longtail tuna throughout Moreton Bay so have a spin rod rigged and ready for a cast whilst traversing its waters. The Brisbane River has been fishing well for threadfin, flathead, cod and bream for anglers with baits or lures. Try areas such as Clara’s Rocks, The Caltex Reach and around the fronts of the major jetties. Cast netting live bait is usually not that difficult in Boggy Creek or around the sewerage shoot. Several anglers have been getting quite a few mulloway eclipsing the minimum legal size of 75cm in the Brisbane River and adjacent the leads beacons, mainly on live mullet. A few have been caught on lures such as Trans Am, Threadie Buster and a variety of soft plastics.

Mud Crabs have been a little more consistent of late but you still need to work fairly hard to get a few legal bucks for a feed. Sand Crab numbers have been sporadic but should improve a fair degree in the coming months so check that all your crabbing apparatus is still legal and get ready. Well I will be out getting stretched on dogtooth tuna, GT’s and other tropical dwellers with a few mates for the next ten days or so. Hope my arms don’t get stretched too much and take pity on me when I return home with a sore back.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald

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