Weekly Report 4 May 12

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Weekly Report 4 May 12

Post by Brad » Fri May 04, 2012 7:36 am

In the next few weeks the dams will begin and in some cases already have started to go through a transition phase as we move into the cooler months of winter. Within these cold periods you will find that the bass will begin to head toward the dam walls and the backs of dams trying to find their way down stream to the brackish to breed. As a result fish will begin to cluster up in big schools as this is a natural, instinctive behaviour of the native Australian Bass. As a rule of thumb it generally means easy to find but harder to catch. This isn’t always the case as it can depend on weather conditions, the dam being fished and the tackle or technique. Some dams at certain times in winter will fire and large numbers of fish will hit the deck.

SOUTH BURNETT REGION
LAKE BOONDOOMA – Boondooma has continued to be a good bet in terms of locating and landing fish over the past fortnight. Boondooma has started to see some evidence of fish movements as there are schools being located more often in the main basin and around the dam wall. Leisegangs ledge is still producing good numbers of fish and some nice size fish amongst them. The fish here have begun to move out into much deeper water but are suspending in 30ft of water. Most anglers are searching in around 40 – 60 feet of water but in most cases the fish are still hanging around the 30 feet mark. The technique that has been most effective is casting 5/8 oz and ½ oz weighted plastics and counting them down to get to the desired depth and then varying the speed of the retrieve until fish take a fancy to it. The go to plastics have been ripperz and sliders in natural colours and in white.

The second and third yellow marker buoys have also been holding fish recently and these fish have been receptive to most offerings. Once again they are in deep water up to 70 ft but they are suspending in around 30 ft. When this is happening plastics are a good option but using blades can also be very effective. Similar to working plastics, cast and then count down your lure until you are at the depth the fish are and then wind so that the lure stays in the face of the fish for as long as possible. You can also drop the lure through the fish and then wind up back through them before dropping it back to the fish again. This technique can be a good option to slow rolling as the fish will often react on the drop.

Bjelke Petersen Dam – BP has begun to show further signs of life but is far from its glory days of yester year. It is possible to go out and catch a few fish but 90% of anglers are just wetting a line rather than catching fish. On a recent trip I was lucky enough to land a couple of small bass in deep water in the bay adjacent to bass point. The fish were nestled in the bottom of the river in around 60 feet of water however others were up a little higher but they were close up to the drop off of the river bed/channel. 5/8 and ½ oz weighted plastics were the go to lure but it was many casts between enquiries and solid bites. Bait fishos area finding it a little more joyful with knowledgeable anglers being able to get some good silver perch and some nice yellow belly around the twigs at bass point and in amongst the timber. Live shrimp and frozen saltwater yabbies have proven a winner in these areas.

TOOWOOMBA REGION
Somerset Dam – The water clarity at Somerset is definitely on the improve and will only get better over the next few weeks. Somerset is one of those dams that will come into its own over winter with dirty big bass a regular and prized catch for those anglers who are willing to brave the cold. Once again Pelican Point is the place to be with some large schools being found across the flats in around 25 – 35 feet of water. These fish are in the most part on the smaller side but are fairly keen to play the game and strike at most offerings. The bigger fish have been in more shallow water, no more the 15 feet. These fish can be sounded up but are moving around and can often be found in a different area than the day before.

If you are lucky enough to hook up to one of these you will remember it as more than one report has come in of fish over 55cm. Blades from 3/8 to ½ oz as well as plastics have been the most effective.
Like other dams Somerset is seeing fish begin to make their way down to the wall. This week was the first sign of this with fish being taken on the flats off the picnic area of the Spit. This fish here are not schooling considerably but they are there you will just need to sound around. Some keen trollers through the week were using 5 – 6 m divers, making their way back and forth from Poly Point to Queen Street dragging their lures close to the bottom. For a days effort they landed 22 fish with the biggest being 44cm taken off Pelican Point.

Lake Cressbrook – There are some varying reports of success and failure coming from Cressbrook at present. Some blokes are killing it while others are coming back to the boat ramp scratching their heads.
The buoy line out from the boat ramp is still holding fish but they are finicky due to the fishing pressure they have been put under. It is still worth a try as this is a reliable place to locate fish. Bull Creek up past the pump tower has a good school of fish and they are responding fairly well at the moment. The fish are holding in about 8 – 10 m of water and are taking blades and plastics that are moved quickly through them and then pausing. This will trigger the bite and most often it will be on the pause. Some of the fish out of this school have hit the 45cm mark, so if you put in the effort the rewards are there. The other area that has been producing some fish is to the right of the boat ramp in the bay where the picnic area is just as the fence line meets the water. In this area the fish are taking a smaller presentation with ¼ and 3/8 oz blades and jigheads being most effective. Smaller Keitech plastics and sliders cut down to a slimmer profile have done the job.
Hope this helps,
Brendan
(If fishin’was easy everyone one would be doing it.)

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