Report 7/2/17

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Report 7/2/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:50 pm

February 4
The Barwon Banks have been picking up some solid reef fish over the last 2 weeks with tuskies, snapper and Pearl Perch (in 50m+ for perch). The best baits are the Jumbo Pillies squid and Slimy Mackerel fillets. Parrot and tuskies have been fished well with mullet fillets also. The Jumbo Pilly and Slimy floated in a burley trail or slow trolled have picked up a few mackerel but the Spanish have been picked up in the bottom 3rd of the water column. Schoolies and spotty mackerel are in good numbers at Coolum, the blinker and inside reefs off caloundra and currimundi. They are chasing small pillies/whitebait so small lures and even floated small pilles are best options if you find the schools. The weapon of choice is small pillies and 20gm chrome lures.
The rivers have been increasing with prawns so I would have to say that the prawns are the better bait at the moment with other trusty favourites like whitebait, small baby pillies and beach worms. Bream have been quiet this week but the whiting are everywhere and are hard to pick up a large one due to the sheer numbers. There have been a few small queenfish around the river mouth and school mackerel off the river mouth rock walls. Chrome slugs and pillies are the better option.

February 5
Offshore has seen plenty of bait balls, mackerel and tuna. The reports have kept flooding in all day with consistant levels of mackerel being caught right up and down the coast. Spotties are the number one species with plenty being picked up. The grassies are getting better in numbers on the inside reefs of old woman and currimundi. Parrot, Tuskfish and snapper are in good numbers at the Northern end of the Barwon Banks. Pearl Perch and bigger snapper are between 80-100m.
The rivers and estuaries have been fished a little less and the families are opting for a swim inbetween wetting a line. Labalsa Park gives you the best of both worlds. There are a few bream still getting caught along the edge of rocks and pontoons. The river mouth has had a few school mackerel and small queenfish picked up on chrome slugs. The beachfront has some good sized dart and lures have picked up the larger size.

February 6
We have alot of bait balls out there and it seems that the spotties are in the biggest numbers with small bonito and mack tuna. Get a hold of the small tuna and when the spanish arrive it will be the perfect troll bait.
The rivers were a little quiet over the weekend with plenty of people swimming and staying out of the heat. The beach was holding some good sized dart and a few whiting up at top pocket of Buddina beach at Pt. Cartwright.
Here we have a photo of chris Arnold holding onto a beautiful spotty. These guys were ranging from mid 70's to mid 80's and was consistant on the double hook ups with his old man. The biggest was caught on a stick bait and the guys had a blast with the bite not letting up. Spinning shiny bright slugs was the choice and it worked brilliantly.
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February 7
The Banks holding some solid reef fish at the momnent with tuskies, snapper and Pearl Perch and around the 80m is working a real treat at the Hards. The best baits are the Jumbo Pillies squid, Squid, Slimy Mackerel fillets and Tuna Fillets. Parrot and tuskies are fishing well with mullet also.
The Jumbo Pilly and whole Slimy floated in a burley trail or slow trolled have picked up a few mackerel but the Spanish have been picked up in the bottom 3rd of the water column. There are a few perfect table sizes spanish around. They are generally sitting in the deeper water column under the spotties. Floating small pillies into bait schools are working a real treat. Small 20g chrome slugs are the go to lure and the Rapala X-Raps are best for trolling. There are plenty of bait balls out there and its a matter of finding which one holds the most mackerel. Spotty mackerel are in good numbers at Coolum, the blinker and inside reefs off caloundra and currimundi. They are chasing small pillies/whitebait so small lures and even floated small pilles are best options if you find the schools. To get that big Spanish we have super big Slimy Mackerel in stock for a good troll bait.
It's a good time to fish the rivers. The river mouths will be my choice or the upper reaches chasing big whiting, flathead and mangrove Jack. There are still Barra getting caught locally and the Maroochy holds a few with the pumicestone passage and Pelican waters canals.
Our pic: Damon recently caught this Spaniard at 1.2m which is approximately 10kg. He caught a few Spaniards trolling gar on gangs and skirts.
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