Weekly Report 12 Mar 12

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Weekly Report 12 Mar 12

Post by Brad » Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:50 pm

Over the last few weeks and months the South Burnett region has had persistent showers and rain events that has meant that all dams around the region have been affected in one way or another. Fortunately all dams were previously at 100% capacity or near enough to that which has helped to ensure that any in flow of water has not affected the fishing in any major way.

This dam has seen some inflow of water recently but despite that the fishing has still been fairly consistent. The first round of the ABT was held at Boondooma a fortnight ago with some pleasing results for most anglers. There were over 200 fish (bass) weighed in with the largest tipping the scale at 1.90kg. There was some heavy rain leading up to this event and some decent rain squalls during the event but the pleasing thing was, that in lieu of the inflow of water and the slight water discolouration the fishing was still fairly good. Most anglers chose a few different spots to land their fish. Leisegangs Ledge was very popular and has been for most anglers over the past month or so. There are good concentrations of fish in the area and the fish here have been of good quality. The most effective lures for this area were little max blades in 3/8oz, plastics (slider grubs, atomic ripperz, keitech) on 1/2oz or 3/8oz jigheads and jackal mask vibes. These lures were used in a variety of ways from slow roll to hopping and burn and kill.

I used little max blades 3/8oz in gold and the technique that was working best was more of a constant quickish wind. When I slow rolled or hopped a lure I was getting tentative half taps and tugs but when the lure was quickened up the take was more aggressive and the hook up rate increased also. It was also important to work the lure all the way back to the boat as the take would often be late in the retrieve, hitting hard not far from the boat. The other area of interest is Pelican Point. Pelican Point is holding good patches of fish also but not to the same consistent quality. There are some good fish in the area but much smaller just legal type fish are the norm at the moment. The same lures of blades, plastics and masks will do the job here. It is interesting that in different parts of the dam the fish will react and behave differently. The fish at Pelican Point were taking the lure when it was either moving very slowly or if it had stopped altogether. There were many times where a fish was hooked or a bite was felt after the lure had sat on the bottom of the dam for a moment or so.

If these two areas are not firing it is worth a shot down the river arms as there have been some real quality fish landed, up to 58cm. The fish have been sitting in around 15 – 20 feet of water in most parts of the dam so this would be where I would start to try and locate some solid arches. Using jackals and blades have been the most common and effective approach, casting in and around structure (trees) that line the banks and are submerged throughout these areas. If times are tough and you can see the fish on the sounder and they are just not interested try using ice jigs (smak or rapala) or even use small blades (strike pro cyber vibes) and vibes (River to Sea galssie vibe) in a jigging action. This will annoy the fish into reacting, you just need to be ready to set the hooks as it is common to lose or miss bites with this technique. During the ABT there were a heap of yellowbelly landed with some absolute crackers amongst them. I managed to land a 62cm monster on a gold blade and there was talk of people catching up to 20 yellas in a session while chasing bass.

Bjelke Petersen Dam
The reports from this dam is that the fishing is slowly getting better as far as quality goes. There have been plenty of smaller undersized fish caught but recently more legal fish have hit the deck. These fish are being located in 3 main areas, these being Bass Point and the bay across and the banks below the winery. Once again the lures of choice are blades and jackals cast to the edges and through the concentrations of fish. These lures are great because with minimal winding of the reel the lure still gives off a good vibration at a very slow roll. Trolling lures in these areas should also get you some fish and often when the fish are not biting while casting towing a lure behind your boat can be the answer. This is also a great way to pick up some yellowbelly which have been caught throughout the dam with some reasonable quality.

Somerset Dam – Somerset has seen another large intake of water over the past week and subsequently has been closed for a few days. If you were heading out there check with SEQ water before taking off as your day may be cut short. Before the inflow there were some fishing being taken off Pelican Point, the mouth of Bells creek and in and around Bay 13. Using blades once again and mask vibes are the go to lures that most anglers are using to good effect. Last time when Somerset was over the 100% mark the fish were found in quite deep water so the use on 1/2oz weighted lures was important as it allowed the lure to get down in front of the fish and stay there for as long as possible. Trolling in Bay 13 is always a good option when the fish are around. Deep diving poltergeist, Vikings and smak lures are all very useful lures with this technique.

Lake Cressbrook
Cressbrook has suffered the same fate as other dams in the region which is they have been closed due to the volume of water they have taken. Fortunately Cressbrook was reopened on Thursday for anglers and with fine weather predicted over the weekend this dam will be worth a crack. The areas to check out first will be out from the boat ramp and along the buoy line. With the dam having water flow in and out of it there is a likelihood that the fish may not be where they were previously so the use of a sounder will be vital in finding the fish. When choosing a lure in a dam with discoloured water think about colour (something the fish can see), vibration (if the fish can’t see it they can sense it nearby) and finally noise (something they can also sense). I feel the first 2 are more important than the 3rd but change your lures, techniques and locations until you find something that will work.

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