Weekly Report 13 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 13 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:38 pm

It has been a while since my last report as I have been away for several weeks. However, not a lot has changed since my last report. The amount of rain we have received in recent weeks has often dampened angler’s enthusiasm to venture out. The rain has hindered opportunities in the short term however it will promote better fishing in the future. The nutrient flushed into the system, combined with the decrease in water clarity will provide food and cover for many baitfish species. This will entice all manner of species closer to the coast, well within reach of the average angler.

Crabbing has been good in recent weeks, especially for mud crabs. The rain has flushed many of the better specimens out of the drains and gutters and into the main systems, making them accessible to most crabbers. Setting a few pots in the channels, at the mouths of feeder creeks and adjacent collapsed mangrove banks will put you in with a great chance of some tasty mud crabs. Setting pots closer to the mouths of major rivers filtering into the bay will also produce a few sand crabs. If these are your target, further out into the bay will usually reap more consistent rewards. The contours around the bay islands, various ledges and deeper gutters are all worth trying. School mackerel continue to be caught in limited numbers around the bay islands and adjacent the beacons in the northern bay. Jigging with chrome slugs or drifting down lightly weighted pilchards will usually produce if they are in attendance. The Measured Mile is also worth a look. Berleying with small slices of pilchard is recommended for a better strike rate.

The estuaries have received a good flush in recent weeks however as the water begins to clear you will find the fishing fairly consistent, especially around the mouths of major estuarine systems and rivers. Towards the upper limits of the rising tide there will be a blend of clean and dirty water that will harbor baitfish species. Usually, predatory species such as mulloway, trevally, threadfin and others are usually in these zones. Flathead numbers have been good of late and continue to get better every year now that we have a 40cm to 75cm size slot for taking of fish and a reduced bag limit. Trolling lures along the edges of prominent banks is a highly successful technique that allows you to cover a lot of water and thereby encounter more flathead. For those with a good knowledge of this species, specific targeting of certain areas will often produce some of the larger specimens. Drifting in the main channels with baits will also produce good numbers of flathead at times and is great way to get the junior anglers onto a few fish during the school holidays.

There has been a few threadies caught in the Brisbane River over the last few weeks by serious anglers. Lure casting and live-baiting are highly productive methods that will take threadfin as well as bream, cod, snapper, mulloway, flathead and many less desirable species. Shark fishing in the Brisbane River can be as easy as live-baiting with a large mullet or small catfish, especially around the lighted bridges at night. Suspend baits a metre or so under a float with a twin-hook snelled rig on nylon-coated wire. Even dead baits such as mullet fillets, whole fish and pilchards will produce a few fish but will also results in increased numbers of pike eels, rays, catfish and others.

In the bay there is always huge numbers of sharks and you can expect to catch several for a few hours on the water. Drifting a whole garfish or mullet back into a tuna oil slick will put you in with a great chance. Use a similar rig as used for the river however drift areas such as the spoil grounds and the channels between the bay islands. There has been a few schools of surface-feeding pelagics in the bay at times however most are smaller tunas and bonito, not the prized longtails or spotted mackerel. Better concentrations of these should historically turn up any day, so it is worth keeping your eyes open for wheeling birds and surface disturbance whenever traversing in Moreton Bay.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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Re: Weekly Report 13 Dec 10

Post by robbo1 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:04 pm

gday trying to get a feed of sweetlip or squire in the southern end of the bay if you could help would be appreciated

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