Report 5/2/16

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Report 5/2/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:50 pm

The South Burnett dams have continued to fish quite well this week, at Boondooma, trolling hard bodies and working Silent TN60 Jackalls and spinnerbaits in and around the timber and weedy edges has worked well from the junction into both the Stuart and Boyne arms. At Bjelke Peterson, casting Blades and plastics to the edges has been successful; while trolling hard bodies around Bass Point and Treasure Island has also produced some reasonable fish. Cressbrook Dam has been pretty quiet this week, working the edges with spinnerbaits early morning/late afternoon has produced a couple of fish, and working the rock wall at the Eagles Nest with spinnerbaits and smaller profile hard bodies has picked up the odd fish as well. Somerset Dam has produced good quality Bass again this past week; Pelican Point and the start of the timber at Kirkleigh have been the areas to target, rolling spinnerbaits and blades through suspended fish in the deeper water has been effective and working the same lures tight to the bottom has worked well in 25-30ft of water, while afternoon has been the better time to target these fish. Moogerah has fired up as well, the flats out from the timber on the western end of the dam and the ridge out from the camp ground boat ramp have been holding good numbers, while tailspinners and Wasabi spoons have been the best lures to use and Maroon has again seen good numbers landed on spinnerbaits and surface lures worked around the weed edges.

Cooby Dam has seen the odd Yellowbelly being caught off the steeper banks running out from the dam wall buoy line, while jigged blades, Jackalls, worms and live shrimp have all been effective. Boondooma and Bjelke Peterson continue to produce pretty good numbers of Yellowbelly, working the same areas and using the same tactics as with the Bass, will see you pick up some quality Yellowbelly also. Glenlyon has been a bit quieter this past week, trolling hard bodies and spinnerbaits have picked up a few Cod, with a 110cm fish caught last weekend, while shrimp have been the best option for Yellowbelly. Coolmunda is still a bit patchy, with the odd fish taking frozen saltwater yabbies and live worms on the drop offs to the old creek beds, while working green and yellow lures around the timber has produced a couple of Cod. Leslie Dam has seen low numbers of fish landed over the past week, due to the windy weather conditions. Bait seemed to work a little better than lures, with live shrimp working the best, but trolled hard bodies did pick up a few Yellowbelly and a couple of Cod. There were also reports of a few quality Silver Perch taking worms, fishing from the bank towards the northern end of the dam. As for the rivers, the Condamine produced fairly good numbers of Yellowbelly and Cod on bait and darker coloured spinnerbaits, the Macintyre and Dumeresq had flows through them this week; this has made them pretty quiet; the best bet would be targeting back eddies with live baits, as the natural bait would be accumulating in these areas.

The Gold Coast has been fishing quite well when conditions allow, Black Marlin are on the 50’s, while Mahi Mahi, Spotty and Spanish Mackerel are getting about the 24’s as well as Palm and Mermaid Reefs. Inshore fishing has seen the Seaway producing School Jew and smaller GT’s on live bait, a few Whiting in the Nerang River, Jacks around Sovereign Island and Flathead at Kalinga Bank and Crusoe Island, while at the Sunshine Coast; those lucky enough to get out in a window of fishable weather have been rewarded with good numbers of Spanish mackerel around North and Sunshine Reefs and the rain has stirred up numbers of Coral Trout on Sunshine Reef. Inshore has seen Whiting taking live worms and live yabbies throughout, the sandbanks near the river mouths have produced flathead on the run out tides. Jacks have been firing at night on fresh mullet, along the rock walls and the rain has stirred up plenty of Mud Crabs.

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David Barrett landed this nice Murray Cod on a recent trip to Coolmunda Dam.

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