Report 20/7/15

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 20/7/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:08 pm

With the temperatures dropping over the last week the tailor have been the main target species on everyone’s mind.

Tailor are still being caught along the exposed beaches on the Gold Coast from Narrow Neck to the Sea Way. Casting baits of pilchards into the back side of the surf gutters seems to be the most common method and highly productive with a few fish being shown off at the shop pushing over 50cm. These tailor should come on thick now the temperature is dropping and hopefully it is a good season. If you are fishing further up the coast reports are starting to filter through from Redcliff so fingers crossed they come in there thick too.

The cooler temperatures also affect the bass in the dams and as a result we now can see them actively schooling up in Sommerset and Moogerah Dams. Both of these dams are fishing well and the bass seem to be making the most of the schooled bait. A boat with a sounder will increase your chance of hooking onto a bass as they are sitting very deep in Moogerah around the 50-70ft mark and40ft in Somerset. Once located on the sounder dropping sinking lures like ice jigs, blades or soft vibes down to them will work. The new Jackall Mask Gene is doing some real damage on both dams and resembles an injured boney bream which is what the bass are feeding on.

The wind may be a little breezy this weekend so if you want to get out for a quick flick the sheltered upper reaches of the Brisbane River are still producing some good sized bass and the odd yellowbelly on deep crack baits or slowly working soft plastics along the bottom. Baits of worms, prawns and shrimp will also work but they work better for catfish than bass it seems.

Further down the river systems bream and flathead are still fattening up before breeding season so there are some aggressive fish out there. Bream can be caught around man-made structures and parks and thus are great for parents wanting to take kids for a quick fish. They will eat a wide range of bait but favor the trusty prawn or mullet gut. They will take lures at the moment and ive done really well casting small diving lures like the Ecogear SX40 along the rock walls and around pylons at this time of year.

Flathead are more associated with a bit of current and drop offs and Boggy Creek in Brisbane or any of the creeks and rivers towards the Gold Coast will hold good numbers at the moment. Best baits for flathead would be white pilchards or hardy heads as they will be looking for injured baitfish to ambush.

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