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Weekly Report 21 Jan 13

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:39 pm
by Brad
When the weather permits there is a stack of options offshore and the news is all good as the fish are in close so long trips are not necessary. Murphy's and the Gneerings Shoal are worth a troll for spanish and spotty mackerel on the change of the tides. Slow trolling with pilchards or live baits at around 3m depth will get you a good feed. We use a rig with a 6 ball sinker on a double hook rig which holds a pilchard perfectly. A rig with a bean sinker on it just to get a little depth will surfice. Reefies are also available around the traps with pearl perch and tuskfish making up good numbers. Tuna schools are easily targeted and a smaller spin stick around 5-7kgs with anything from a 2500 to 4000 spin reel is ideal. All you need is a 20-30 gram chrome slug attached to a small leader of flurocarbon and you are right amongst the winning combination.

Area's like Bray's Rock, the spoil grounds and Currimundi Reef are worth a troll in close and of couse you can decide to head further north and fish Coolum right through to Noosa. Live baits are one of the best to use for best results but frozen pichards in a large size will catch a few. Cobia on the wrecks and around the channel markers for those that like a feed of cobia. Big kingfish around the deeper pinnacles and there are plenty of wahoo and mahi mahi in the same areas at the moment. This is one ofthe best years I have seen for a while on mahi mahi.

The estuaries have seen a good run of bream and flathead and along the beaches. Whiting are plentiful, the art is a matter of finding the bigger ones and they are around. Blades are still the best options and are also taking their fair share of trevally. Poppers worked along the Caloundra Bar area earlier in the morning ae also a good option for bigger trevally. The pontoons and jetties are all good places to start and move to the sand flats as the wears on. Plenty of places to drop a line and one of the best to chase is the mangrove jack. Lake Currimundi, the canals around Kawana right through to Twin Waters all hold strong numbers of these hard fighting fish and they are top sport on lighter tackle. Have a good week at the end of the rod.