Report 28/12/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 28/12/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:35 pm

Cooby Dam
Cooby has been keeping most anglers happy over Christmas with plenty of nice sized yellowbelly being picked up in the mornings. Fishing close to the edges on the northern banks of the lake has been the most popular. Trolling shallow diving lures and Jackall tn60’s in around 10 ft of water has had good success on the yellowbelly and some small cod around the 55cm mark. There are still fish out in the deep and saltwater yabbies and ZX blades have had their fair share of success also out from the Reflections boat ramp and around the buoy line.

Coolmunda Dam
The warm stormy weather has really bought the yellowbelly on at Coolmunda with good schools sitting just out from the boat ramp on the flats in around 25 foot. Jigging or hopping blades and soft vibes have worked really well along with live shrimp and salt water yabbies. The odd big cod has been landed in the old creek bed trolling large deep diving lures. Keep an eye on this lake as I think the cod fishing will be really good once the barometric pressure lifts up.

Bjelke Petersen Dam
BP like most of the bass lakes around is fishing really well. Locating the schools of bass on the flats and out from some main lake points in around 25-30 ft of water with anglers mainly using spoons, tailspinners and soft plastics. Basically anything that sinks and you can keep it down in the fish face. The schools of bass are spread out all over the lake at BP and are relatively easy to locate unlike some bass lakes where they are small schools in specific locations.

Moogerah Dam
Again another bass lake that’s doing great but Moogerah has the small problem over the holidays with the masses of people and skiers makes the fishing a little more difficult just like Somerset.Although the weekday fishing has been really good with good schools out from the Spit boat ramp and other main lake points while there is also a good reaction bite in the timbered areas trolling diving lures and Jackalls has worked great while the schooled fish have been loving the spoons.

Condamine River
Plenty of good fishing to be had close by at the moment with the Condamine clearing right up in some places. Areas like Condamine, Allora and Pratten have shown clear water and some nice cod and yellowbelly for kayak and landbased anglers. There has been a good surface bite early morning and late afternoon for decent sized cod while the yellowbelly have been keen on a Jackall or spinnerbait through the day.

Gold Coast fishing
Inshore the flathead have again been active up in the Pin. Fishing high tide around Crusoe island and the surrounding sand flats with heavy weighted soft plastics. Fishing the drop off of the sand flats into the channel has had most success with a few big flathead around also. The recent northerly winds have turned the mangrove jack fishing on with some quality fish caught up the Coomera River fishing deep diving hardbodies to the edges early in the morning.

Offshore has been crazy this week as Gold Coast is a renowned pelagic fishery this year, it has lived up to its reputation with huge numbers of marlin, dolphinfish and wahoo being landed in close off the Goldy.The marlin ranging from 20-70kg the dolphins around 5-10kg and some big wahoo over the 20kg mark. Trolling small skirted lures around 4-5inches long and preferably with holes in the nose to create a good bubble trail.

Tip of the week
Locally the bass and yellowbelly are both loving this hot weather and are really firing. Unfortunately some of the best fishing lakes are plagued by skiers and holiday makers which is slowing the fishing in these locations. Try fishing midweek or selecting locations that aren’t as busy ie Wivenhoe, Maroon and BP are less busy then the likes of Somerset, Moogerah and Boondoomba.

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340 Alderley St, Toowoomba, Q 4350

Tye Sheather with a nice 94cm river cod.

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