Weekly Report 19 Oct 12

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Weekly Report 19 Oct 12

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:43 pm

Bjelke Petersen Dam – No real change at BP with bait being the preferred option and the most effective. The timber is still the area to target but some have caught silver perch around the spindly sticks off bass point. Once again the bass have been very small and few and far between. Those that are having success are trolling deep divers up to 8m.

Boondooma Dam – Boondooma has been under a fair bit of pressure for the past few weeks, however at present it is standing up to the test with some good fish being landed. It seems as though the word got out that the fishing had been good many weeks ago and as a result it has been flogged. Over the weekend a Bass Grand Final was held at the dam with some nice bags of fish being weighed in. From all reports the fish were not easy to entice but with some thought it was possible to put together a solid bag of fish. The first area where there are fish schooling is at Pelican Point. There are plenty of fish in the area but they are quick to move when the pressure is on them. The fish here are of good quality but at times they’re very hard to tempt which some anglers found out on the weekend. The teams that had success here were using mask vibes and ice jigs.

Just around the corner in the Boyne arm of the dam there were some very good fish caught in and around the start of the timber and out in the bay just before the timber on mask vibes. The biggest bag of the tournament came from this area but they had to work hard for their fish. The timbered area is now becoming much more active and many of the fish in the tournament that were weighed came from up in the timber. A good area to start in around 1-1.5km into the Stuart where there is a rock wall on your left. This rock wall has some scattered shows of fish at both ends of the wall. These fish were targeted with spinnerbaits, ice jigs and mask vibes. It is an expensive exercise throwing mask vibes around in the timber but if you are game then the rewards are there.

The fish are not yet up on the banks and are still sitting in 25 – 35 ft of water of these areas. The vines were cast in the direction of the banks and then hopped along the bottom all the way to the boat. The small bay just back from this rock wall is also holding fish and are responding to similar techniques. Further up into the sticks is also a good option with reports of big fish tacking care of some tackle. Spinnerbaits cast towards the bank but still in deeper water was effective but the bigger fish were very difficult to get back to the boat. As the weather warms up the fish will begin to head toward the banks but at the moment if you were to hunt for fish along the banks you will find that the fish you get will be on the smaller side. Find some likely looking banks but just head out a bit deeper as the fish are still holding there and you should have some success.

Toowoomba Region 18/10/12

Cressbrook Dam – Cressbrook is still a consistent dam to fish at present with some quality fish being snagged. The reports are that there are some scattered fish moving back into the area just at the front of the boat ramp. Due to the fact that they are scattered and harder to target, switched on anglers have been trolling deep divers such as the smak 16’s in a purple colour. This has accounted for at least 1 fish around 50cm.
Around Deer Island is still an area to prospect but the schools here are thinning out and much harder to target. Trolling lures would once again be a good option and if you were to come across a school or a better show of fish soft plastics and ice jigs are worth a shot.

Cooby Dam – Cooby has been fishing fairly well in the last fortnight with some nice yelllowbelly being caught. The fish have been around the pontoon and the point nearby. Most fish have been taken on live shrimp but frozen yabbies and trolled hard bodies are starting to take a few fish. In the most part the deeper areas off points have been successful but fishing off the bank and casting to the bank with jackals and mask vibes have accounted for some fish. No sign of cod just yet.

Somerset Dam – The fishing at Somerset has tapered off a little in the fortnight as the pressure has mounted on the fish and as the conditions have become much warmer than they have previously. Having said that there have been days and sessions where the fish have come on and produced some excellent fishing.
What is happening at the moment is that the fish are being found fairly easily and have been easy to tempt straight up but after a few captures or a lost fish here and there they are shutting down. When they have shut down they have taken refuge on the bottom in around 30ft of water.

Ice jigs and slow rolled masks and plastics have been able to snag a few of these fish. These shut down fish at Somerset are renowned for their stubbornness and it is more than likely you just won’t get any interest. In this case it is better to find other fish and alternate between the schools to keep the bite period happening.
The fish are still holding at Pelican Point, Eagles Nest, Bay 13 and now around Poly Point where the flat drops from around 15 – 20ft down to around 50ft. Take a look along this drop off as it is an area that will hold some scattered fish right throughout and if they are switched on it will be a great days fishing.
Hope this helps,
(If fishin’ was easy, everyone would be doin’ it.)

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