Report 4/3/16

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Report 4/3/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:49 pm

The weather seems to have settled down a little over the last week and anglers have jumped on the opportunity to wet a line.

The recent water releases from Wivenhoe Dam seem to have spiced the river up a little and the bass are back on the chew. There are plenty of land-based options to with plenty of bass being caught around Twin Bridges and Mount Crosby. During the day worms are a great option if you are chasing bass, make sure you use a small sinker and fish near snags and structure as these are favored hangouts for bass.

If you have access to a kayak you can get away from pressured waters and try chasing bass with lures. The Jackall Geronimo or Keitech Spinnerbaits have been claiming a few fish lately. Early mornings and late afternoons seem to be the better times but if you allow your spinnerbaits to sink deeper before you retrieve it you can still pick up fish through the middle of the day.

The bay is looking like it will be fairly good this weekend and reports of squire being caught around the lower half of the bay and the presence of longtail tuna getting around is getting a few anglers excited.
The snapper are falling for lightly weighted soft plastics worked around the reef edges and drop offs around the bay islands. The run out tides seem to be offering better results. Scented soft plastics worked well for us and the stand out was the Keitech Sexy Impacts and the 3inch Jackall paddle tails.
Baits of squid strips and larger prawns will also catch squire however you will need to pick your way through smaller fish before you get a few keepers.

The longtail tuna have been spotted harassing baitfish between Green Island and Harry Atkinsons reef. These speedsters are very smart and driving up to them with the motor running and casting a metal slug at them might not be the best method to catching one. You will have better results if you watch them and try to predict the direction they are travelling. Once you have an idea position your boat and wait for them to come to you, casting soft plastics or small stick baits can be very successful at certain times.

Prawns are in numbers at the mouth of the rivers at the moment and if you are heading out it might pay to pack the cast net. By learning how to use your sounders you can find them quite easily and if you are one of the talented ones out there that can cast a net you could be snacking on prawns for days. Good spots to start are around Jacobs Well and Nudgee Beach. Keep an eye out for the boats as its one of the worst kept secrets.

Have a great weekend and hope everyone can get stuck into them.

Matthew Osley

Charlton's Fishing
07 3818 1677
18 Kerwick St, Redbank Q 4301
Ph: 07 3818 1677
Dave got a few bass and a nice yellowbelly while kayaking in the Brisbane River.

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