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Report 22/4/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:56 am

With a long weekend coming up people are looking to wet a line, however the weather may not be playing the game. A South Easterly change looks like it will be pushing through Saturday morning. Even with the weather there are still many options for the anglers if they want to get out for a fish.

If anglers want to hit the bay the lower half will provide a little shelter and options when the wind picks up. Mud, Peel and Green Island are offering anglers mixed bags or squire, jew fish, cod and other mixed reef fish.
Anchoring up near reef drop offs or artificial reefs can offer anyone with a boat access to some great fishing. If bait fishing is your thing, get to your spot before sun up and start the burley trail as soon as possible to help attract the larger predators. By using similar baits to what is in the burley trail will increase your chances of hooking the big one. Baits of pilchards or whole squid seem to offer consistent results for larger squire and jewfish. Try using the lightest sinkers possible to allow movement in your bait to help attract the fish.
If you are closer to the reefs try lightly weighted strip baits of mullet or bonito for the cod and sweet lip.

Maroon Dam offers areas where anglers can get out of the wind either in a boat or off the bank. Lucky for the holiday goers as Maroon Dam’s edge bite is on fire at the moment and this overcast weather will only make it better. A variety of techniques are working well at the moment. The most productive method for anglers fishing it recently were diving minnows like Ecogear sx40s, Daiwa Double Clutches or the Imakatsu Killer Bills. These all seemed to be favoured over other baits. Cast towards the weed edge and allow plenty of pauses during the retrieve. If you get there at daybreak try surface lures like the Megabass Dog-X or Soft Shell Cicadas worked close to the weed edge.

The Sea Way down the Gold Coast is producing some really good fish at the moment and there have been some mixed bags of jew fish, small kingies and GT are being reported. The Sea Way is a very popular destination for both boat and shore anglers as there are a host of fishing spots available and the quality of the fish down there can be very good at times. Most of the kings and jew and being caught near the Pipeline using either live baits or lures. Live pike or small poddy mullet are favoured by both. Lures of choice down there would be the 20g Jackall Transams or micro-jigs. You will need to be prepared to loose a bit of gear if fishing here as the pipeline is home to some big fish and they know how to use it to cut you off. If you are fishing off the rocks throwing poppers into the wash at the end of the rock wall can see you tangling with some large GT.

I hope everyone can get out over the long weekend at some stage, remember to keep an eye on the weather though and keep you options open if the weather turns bad.

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