Report Wed 10th May 06

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Report Wed 10th May 06

Post by Brad » Thu May 11, 2006 6:07 am

Good reports are still filtering in of tailor being caught along the eastern facing beaches of Moreton and North Stradbroke islands. Some have been better than 3kg in weight and are being caught on pilchards as well as chrome Raiders and Flasha spoons. A few good dart and bream have also been caught by anglers fishing the gutters with pipis.

Odd reports have been coming in of mackerel, with the Rous and Rainbow Channel being the main areas. I even caught a couple at the Jumpinpin Bar last week. They were only small ones but a bit of effort should produce a few keepers.

The Jumpinpin area has been a little quiet during the day over the last week, possibly due to the approaching full moon. Sometimes at this stage of the month you will do best while fishing at night, as this is when the fish often feed the hardest. There have been a few small tailor around the bar area at times, as well as small mack tuna. The flathead and jew have been very quiet lately but should improve soon.

The front of Bribie still has a few scattered schools of longtails and mack tuna but they are not in their usual numbers for this time of the year. The area between 2nd and 3rd lagoon has been fairly consistent. The shipping channels and Rainbow Channel are also worth a look.

Good numbers of juvenile snapper have been caught lately but anglers have found that the quality fish have been a little scarce. A few big sweetlip have been caught, with Green Island being one of the gun areas for anglers fishing pre-dawn.

The Curtain Artificial produced a few good snapper last week for anglers staying out overnight. A cobia around 12kg was also caught here on a live whiptail.

Jigging the beacons in the shipping channel should produce a few school mackerel but most have been borderline size-wise.

The mouth of the Brisbane River has been a little hot and cold of late but anglers are finding a few good quality squire and the occasional school jew. Flathead, estuary cod, grunter and large bream have been taken by anglers working plastics through the deeper holes and along the ledges.

The shallow waters between Dohles Rocks and the Hornibrook Bridge have been worth a try if you like to target diver whiting and flathead. Most of the flatties are in the 35cm to 45cm bracket but the occasional specimen to 70cm also shows up. Trolling small diving lures along the edges of the channel will produce a few quality flathead. Try Micro Mullets, Micro Mins and Rebel Crawdads in brighter colours such as orange, pink or chartreuse.

Scotts Rocks has been good for bream at night on a rising tide. Pillie cubes fished over the shallow rock ledges has been a good option with bream to over 1kg being caught at times.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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