Report Wed 26th Apr 06

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Report Wed 26th Apr 06

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:40 pm

This week’s report is pretty much a repeat of last week’s plus a few additions. Not a lot has changed over recent weeks and it appears as if there is a good variety of fish to be caught in the bay and associated estuaries.

Whiting have been fairly prolific around all the bay’s banks and gutters. The top of the Rous Channel recently fished well for my neighbour Gavin and he caught a good feed of nice whiting on the Anzac Day holiday. Reports have also come in from the Rainbow Channel and edge of the Naval Reserve Banks.

The Hornibrook Highway area has been a popular spot for anglers targeting flathead from the shore with soft plastics and clouser-style flies working well around the lower stages of the tide. The Wells and channel leading up to Hayes Inlet have been two of the better places that are easily accessible for those on Shank’s pony. Boating anglers have the ability to cover a lot more water while trolling shallow divers along the banks.

Scarborough Reef has been worth the effort for anglers casting plastics and fishing fresh or live baits. Decent numbers of squire in the 35cm to 50cm bracket have been reported along with bream, sweetlip, Moses perch and several other species. There is the occasional school jew caught there each winter, as well as some quality specimens over 15kg.

The area around the Bribie Island bridge is usually worth a try at night during early winter, as schools of juvenile tailor often school here at night. This in turn attracts jew, trevally, cod and big shovelnose. There has even been the occasional cobia caught here. A few better tailor have also been caught around the bridge, and even further out towards the mouth of the passage around the Tripod Beacon.

The Jumpinpin area has a lot of options over the cooler months, with flathead, tailor, bream and jew being popular targets. The area around the bar often produces some good schools of tailor during the rising tide. Trolling the edges of banks will almost certainly be productive for flathead on the last of the run out tide and first of the run in tide. Try the tops of the banks during the higher stages of the tide. Drifting baits such as whitebait, frogmouths and fillets close to the bottom will attract a broad array of species.

The mouth of the Brisbane River is a good option at night, especially on a making tide as anglers are catching decent numbers of squire and large bream as well as flathead, grunter and the occasional threadfin salmon. Plastics have been very popular and productive but a live prawn will also fish well when drifted close to the bottom.

The pelagic activity has been varied in the bay but there is enough of it around to make the effort worthwhile. I will be spending the weekend of 29/30th along the front of Bribie while trying to catch a few fish in the Longtail Tuna Fly Challenge run by the Bribie Island Sport Fishing Club. It is a great competition to fish and everyone has a good time without taking things too seriously.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
Ph. 07 33986500

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