Weekly Report 17 May 11

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Weekly Report 17 May 11

Post by Brad » Tue May 17, 2011 6:42 pm

Well, with the temperature on the decline, now is the time to give the fishing locally one last chance before it is too cold to get your feet wet. Both of our local dams are producing some quality fish. If venturing to Leslie, frozen shrimps are worth a try. Most fish are sitting in deeper water than normal – around 20 feet. This is still in reach from the bank with a good cast. The lure fishermen are working hard at the moment. However, the fish that have been landed are above average size. Small lipless crankbaits seem to be the best option. Colours to try are the darker ones, with black and purple being the most popular at present.

Connelly Dam is also worth a shot, with some great fish being landed over the past few weeks. Try fishing the points on the eastern side. There are some healthy weed patches established in Connelly which provides great cover for the fish. However, they can cause some problems for land based anglers. The rivers around our local area are the standout spots at present. There have been some great Yellowbelly and Cod caught out of the Condamine near the Mill hole using shrimps, worms and lures. In the southern rivers, spinnerbaits are the stand out lure with good amounts of Cod falling victim to them. Purple and brown are the colours to start with. Don’t retrieve too fast as the fish have started to slow down due to the cooler water temperature.

The local Bass dams, Moogerah and Maroon, are still worth the drive with most anglers getting their bag limits in one session. Most Bass are holding close to the weed banks. Bass love the weed as they are ambush feeders. Try using a weedless rigged plastic. They will keep your lure in the strike zone for longer. The annual “Take A Kid Fishing” day was held at Connelly Dam last month. What a huge success this event continues to be. There were 197 children registered for the morning, with approximately 30 fish caught and released back into the dam. There was over $700 worth of prizes donated from sponsors such as Andrew Gale, Warwick Outdoors and Sports, Angler Rods, Saga Tackle, River 2 Sea, Kookaburra Worm Farm and Shimano together with 200 sample bags (from Sunfish) given away to the children. The morning was finished off with a free sausage sizzle with food and drink supplied by Warwick RSL, Westside Foodworks and IGA. A huge thank you to all of the sponsors and the Warwick & District Fish Stocking Association for their help in making this day a huge success. I am sure that we will have no trouble in exceeding 200 children next year.

That wraps up the month’s fishing report. Don’t forget to drop your favourite photo in to go into the monthly prize draw. Now is the perfect time to call in and see Wayne and John at Warwick Outdoors and Sports for expert advice on all your fishing (from kids combo to tournament rigs), boating, hunting and camping requirements. Talk to the boys who actually fish!

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