Report Wed 19th Apr 06

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Report Wed 19th Apr 06

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:50 am

I haven’t been out over the last week as I try and avoid public holiday crowds like the plague. Plenty of anglers anchored up around the beacons and either floated out pillies for mackerel or live baited for cobia and longtails.

An occasional cobia is still being caught around the beacons with the Four Beacons, M4 and NW12 all producing cobia recently. Not many longtails have been caught, but those that were have mainly been quality specimens better than 15kg.

Good catches of flathead have been made by anglers casting small plastics and minnow lures around the channels under the Hornibrook Highway bridge on the lower stages of the tide.

A few chopper tailor have been caught at night from the Woody Point jetty and Red Beach. They have mainly been small but about one in six has been legal according to reports.

Quality bream have been caught at Scotts Point on the evening high tides. Casting small lures or bait fishing with pieces of pillie should produce results.

Scarborough Reef has produced plenty of quality bream and pan sized squire for anglers bait fishing at night towards the top of the tide. One nice snapper of 5.5kg was also caught there last week on small fresh squid. Plastics have worked well in the early mornings on the larger tides.

A few school mackerel continue to be caught in the upper reaches of the Rous Channel and also around the South Passage Bar. Drifting pillies or trolling spoons under a paravane seem to be the best bets.

Schools of frigate tuna and small mack tuna to 2kg have been popping up all around the bay. Many anglers are mistaking them for mackerel from a distance.

Reports of school flathead have been filtering in from all over the place, which may indicate an early run. We will just have to see if they continue over the coming weeks.

The snapper activity has increased a little but many have still found the going a little slow with plenty of small, undersized fish, but few keepers. The sweetlip should fire over the next few weeks with early morning trips to any of the bay islands being worth the effort if you have quality fresh baits or a handful of plastics and a good rod.

The mouth of the Brisbane River has been a great place to be drifting a few plastics with snapper, bream and an occasional school jew and grunter being caught. Live prawns fished close to the bottom will also yield results.

A few chopper tailor have been caught around the Jumpinpin Bar by anglers casting slugs to surface feeding schools. Bait fishing from the beach with whole pillies has also been productive in the evenings and early morning.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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