Report 21/8/15

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Report 21/8/15

Post by subeditor » Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:57 am

Bass have begun to move around in Somerset Dam finally and large schools are showing up. Many anglers are taking advantage of these schools while they are there as fishing can be red-hot at this time of year. To find the schools a sounder is very useful however some anglers are trolling deep divers like the Smak Blitz Baga or Brolga until they catch a bass. Once you catch one bass you can drop a marker float and change your lure to a sinking one like Jackall tn60’s or soft plastics to see if there are any more bass in the area. If you have never been to Somerset Dam before Pelican Point and the Queen Street are great places to begin looking for bass and the odd yellow belly.

The Brisbane River and other rivers of the South East are fishing well for bass in the non-tidal waters and quite a few of the customers have been reporting good sessions. If you are fishing with kids try live worms and thawed prawns as they are easy to use and will keep the bites coming in. lightly weighted soft plastics have been a favourite of late and have produced some good bass. The new paddle tail from Jackall and the Z-man 3inch Minnowz are standout performers. Most lure anglers are using kayaks as it can allow you to get away from the pressured areas and find more productive spots. As the weather warms up it might pay to throw a few crank baits in the tackle box if you are fishing hard up against the edge ‘wink wink’.

With the masses heading up to Fraser Island lately reports are coming back all the time and they are mostly positive. Tailor have defiantly arrived and people are catching their limits in a session. No greenbacks yet with the average fish being 35-40cm but still a lot of fun.
If you are heading to Fraser and want to try something a little different why not try the Slider Rigs. These rigs allow you to cast a heavy sinker into the gutters and attach a large live bait to your line later. By using 40cm tailor as bait people are catching record Spanish mackerel, huge jew fish and even 20kg plus giant trevally in the surf gutters, not to mention sharks. If you want more information on these rigs pop into Charlton’s for a demonstration and grab a few before your next trip.

With the warmer weather the Coomera River has started producing some mixed bags of bream, flathead, mangrove jacks, trevally and even a few jewies moving up the system. Shore based anglers are having good success around the numerous bridges and overpasses using baits of prawn, mullet gut and bonito for the bream and jewies at night. Others are using lures in the same area to target the jacks and trevally. Deep diving lures are working will for the jacks but surface lures at night are getting the trevally fired up.
If you are fishing out of a boat fishing in the canals along the rock walls is producing jacks, flathead and the odd estuary cod but random casts into the open water had a customer hook up to a few 40cm+ trevally. Nories Spoontails and Imakatsu Killer Bills were working for them.

I hope everyone can get out this weekend and hook up to a few fish.


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