Report Wed 14th June 06

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Report Wed 14th June 06

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:45 am

Not much has changed in the bay from last week with plenty of clean water in close, which has slowed the fishing a lot during the daylight hours. The night period has been the best option with most of the prominent areas giving up a good catch of snapper, bream and others such as morwong, sweetlip and the occasional small parrot.

The Brisbane River has been producing a few good snapper down around the mouth but very few other species have been caught. I would expect a few mulloway to be caught around this time of the year but as yet there has been few reported to me. Perhaps there are some lucky anglers out there trying to keep their success a secret whilst busting to tell their mates at the same time.

With the big winds during the week there have been virtually no reports from within the bay, except for a few school mackerel on the northern side of St. Helena for anglers drifting pillies early in the morning last week.

The estuaries have been fishing fairly well, however with the water getting cleaner by the day due to the westerlies, this could dissipate at any time.

The Jumpinpin Bar area is still holding good quantities of bait on the rising tide and this in turn is coaxing a few tailor, school mackerel and small tuna in close enough for small boat owners to get a crack at them in safety. The main channel has produced a few good flathead, tailor and small trevally for anglers drifting whole fish baits close to the bottom.

The hole near the yellow marker at the tip of Crusoe Island has produced some nice bream for anglers drifting baits through it. It may even be worth prospecting with a live bait or larger soft plastic, as mulloway are a certain possibility at times.

Trolling small minnow lures along the edges of prominent banks on a falling tide could be productive for flathead as there have been quite a few around. Most have been in the 30cm to 45cm bracket but a few quality ones to 89cm have been encountered.

Setting a crab pot in the estuaries still seems to be worthwhile with anglers getting a few muddies that fit the three criteria- legal size, male and full.

There have been plenty of prawns in the Brisbane River and I expect others as well. Anglers casting nets as far up as the city reaches have been getting good hauls of up to 10kg for a few hours casting.

Hopefully we will have some good weather during the week and there will be some inspirational news to give you in the next report.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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