Report Wed 12th July 06

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Report Wed 12th July 06

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:02 pm

Quite a few whiting reports have filtered in over recent days, with areas such as the Amity Banks, Pelican Banks, Banana Banks, Rous Channel, Rainbow Channel and many other spots being productive.

Quite a few snapper have been caught around all the bay islands with the best catches being recorded by anglers fishing at night. Soft plastics and baits have both worked and I have even heard of a few snapper being caught on minnow lures by anglers trolling the shallower rubble and reef areas at night.

The shallow reef areas around Scarborough have been worth a try also, with early morning and late afternoon efforts rewarded with at least a few quality fish. Tailor and estuary cod have also featured heavily in angler’s catches, as well as several unstoppables, probably larger cod. Anglers have even had squire around the just legal size eaten by cod at times.

Tailor can be caught with regularity around the front of Green, St. Helena and Mud islands, as well as the foreshore along the front of Redcliffe. They have been most prominent at night but anglers drifting pillies in the late afternoons have also been rewarded with a few quality specimens.

Live baits fished around the ledges and beacons in the northern bay have been well rewarded at times, as the occasional cobia is still around. Longtails and larger snapper have been a very welcome by-catch at times.

The estuary systems are still fishing well, with bream, flathead, tailor, school jew, whiting and several other species being caught with regularity. Both the Jumpinpin area and Pumicestone Passage have been worth a trip with good catches often coming towards the lower stages of the tide, further up the system and near the top of the tide around the mouth. Tailor have regularly been feeding along the current lines to the north of the tripod beacon at the mouth of Pumicestone Passage on the first few hours of the falling tide, especially in the late afternoon.

The Harry Atkinson has produced a few big snapper with the late afternoon and evening sessions producing the goods for some. Most catches have centred around snapper of various sizes, with a few good sweetlip (one of 5.2kg), morwong, juvenile Maori cod, bream and several other species being caught as well.

The mulloway have been conspicuous by their absence over the winter but a few have been caught around the shallows of the bay islands at night and further south in the Long Island to Macleay Island area by anglers fishing the deeper holes on the change of the tide.

A few snapper are in the Brisbane River at times for anglers working soft plastics down towards the mouth. The holes around the Gateway Bridge have also been worth a try at times. No reports of threadfin over the last.

Quite a few reports of squid have been filtering in, with the shallows around the islands in the southern bay being a good place to try. Land-based anglers can have a go from any of the jetties at night or other areas where lights are shining on the water, such as canal developments.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
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