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Report Wed 17th May 06

Post by Brad » Wed May 24, 2006 5:49 pm

17/5/06
A few tailor are around the Pin Bar area with the best catches coming from around the mouth of Swan Bay on the falling tide. The tailor have been feeding on the bait, mainly hardiheads, which are flushed out of this area on the receding tide. An occasional flathead has also been caught but they have been unusually quiet for this time of the year.

The Woody Point jetty has been worth a trip, especially at night when numbers of quality bream and a few chopper tailor have been caught. The occasional legal squire has also been tempted with one angler catching two around 40cm on fresh pike fillets.

Scotts Point is also fishing well for bream at night, but you will need a westerly to fish it in comfort. An occasional chopper has been caught here also.

The tailor have been fairly consistent along the front of Bribie Island with early morning anglers fishing the gutters around Skirmish Point and further north doing well. Not a lot of exceptional specimens but plenty of decent choppers in the 38cm to 45cm bracket.

Anglers fishing around the Dunwich Jetty at night and early in the morning have scored some good quality trevally and a few rat kings. The trevs have regularly been taking surface lures worked around the lighted areas at night.

The flats around the mouths of most creeks and rivers have been worth a fish for whiting with a mix of summer and winter whiting being caught. Obviously where there are whiting you will find flathead and bream also, therefore a mixed bag is highly likely while fishing baits of worms or yabbies in this area. The mouth of Cabbage Tree and Burpengary creeks, as well as the Logan, Pine and Caboolture rivers have been worth a try.

A few school mackerel are still around the beacons in the northern bay and the upper reaches of the Rous Channel. Drifting pillies and jigging slugs are two highly successful methods of scoring a feed.

Pelagics have been a little hit and miss but the shipping channels and the front of Bribie are the best spots to have a look. Quite a few frigate tuna have been around and some anglers like to catch these to use for snapper or bream baits.

Reports of snapper have come in from all the bay islands but it appears if anglers really have to work for the better quality fish. Not a lot of snapper over 50cm have been reported as yet but they should improve in both numbers and quality over the coming weeks.

An occasional cobia has still been around in the bay but captures have been few and far between. Longtails are a definite possibility at this time of the year for those with live baits fished around the beacons and ledges.

A few school mackerel were around the Harry Atkinson during the week but anglers needed to berley to get them in the mood. Some were quality specimens to 3kg.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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