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Report Wed 29th Mar 06

Post by Brad » Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:30 pm

A week of beautiful weather, with predominately 10 to 15 knot winds, encouraged a lot of anglers to hit the water. As per usual there were a lot of mixed results, with some anglers doing well and others poorly.

Pelagic action has increased in the bay with quite a few longtails found schooling in the northern bay. The Tangalooma to Comboyuro stretch across to the Pearl Channel has been where a lot of the action is. An occasional school of mackerel and plenty of bonito, small mack tuna and frigates have also been around.

Jigging slugs at most of the beacons in the northern bay has produced a few school mackerel and occasional spotted mackerel. One angler even managed a 14kg longtail tuna while jigging the M4 beacon.

Most of the ledges and rubble grounds in the northern bay have produced a few quality snapper for anglers plying their trade with soft plastics.

Mud Island has produced decent numbers of snapper for anglers with both plastics and baits. An occasional quality fish has been caught, with the majority being under 1.5kg.

Peel has also fished well for anglers with plastics, with a by-catch of sweetlip, parrot morwong and plenty of pike. A 6.4kg cobia was also taken from one of the beacons near Peel on a soft plastic during the week. The houseboat wreck would also be worth a try.

The estuaries have been a little quiet but are getting better by the day. One angler caught a quality 50cm plus jack at Jumpinpin on a soft plastic last weekend. Good numbers of school flathead and whiting have also been encountered. An occasional quality bream has already been caught and these guys should get more numerous over the coming months.

Whiting have been caught in good numbers in Pumicestone Passage, with the area around the Avon Wreck being one of the popular areas. The weed beds near the W’s also produced some quality whiting for anglers with worms and yabbies. Flathead, grunter (javelin), bream and the occasional school jew has been caught in the deeper channels by anglers with quality fresh baits, especially prawns.

Prawns are still being caught in good numbers around the many popular areas such as Deepwater Bend, Caboolture River, Nudgee Creek and flats, Deception Bay and the Woody Point Jetty.

The flathead numbers should increase over the coming months and trolling a lure along the edges of prominent banks towards the last of the falling tide would be a good ploy. Remember that dusky flathead have a bag limit of five fish, with a maximum size limit of 70cm and a minimum of 40cm. Jigging deeper gutters and channels with soft plastics is productive for larger fish but remember to release them carefully, preferably without taking them out of the water.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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