Report Wed 8th Mar 06

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Report Wed 8th Mar 06

Post by Brad » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:33 pm

Due the recently atrocious conditions and rain, there are only a few reports this week. One area which did fish well in the days after the deluge, was the mouth of the Brisbane River. Snapper were the main species caught but estuary cod, bream, trevally and flathead were also tempted. Most anglers were fishing soft plastic offerings but a few also caught quality squire to 50cm on live prawns drifted close to the bottom with a minimum of lead. Plastics such as Squidgy Wrigglers, Atomic Bass Grubs and Fat Grubs, Zoom Flukes and several stick bait style plastics were successful. Jigheads around 1/4oz would put the plastic close to the bottom in most situations.

The beacons leading out from the Brisbane River would definitely be worth targeting with plastics, as school jew to around 8kg are often caught there after rain.

Setting a few crab pots around the mouths of the creeks would be worth a shot this weekend, as the rain has probably flushed a few muddies out from further up the estuaries.

Prawns should also be worth targeting in the deeper holes and ledges in most of the creeks and rivers if there is not too much fresh around. The flats at the mouth of Nudgee Creek should definitely be worth a shot.

Good numbers of whaler sharks will be found close to shore around the mouths of the creeks and rivers, as well as the bay islands because they love a bit of fresh to wash the food around and also kill some of the parasites they sometimes harbour. A whole dead bait drifted into a berley slick of tuna oil should do the job. Most will be in the 6kg to 12kg bracket but I have caught sharks to over 100kg, which have been hooked in water as shallow as 2m when it is a little dirty.

The pelagics in the bay should hopefully have spread out a little during the rough weather to avoid them being ring-netted. While spotted mackerel cannot be targeted with ring nets any more, school mackerel and most species of tuna and bonito are still fair game.

The fishing up the creeks will probably be a little quiet for a few weeks but the mouths should still fish well towards the top of the tide.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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