Weekly Report 4 Nov 07

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Weekly Report 4 Nov 07

Post by Brad » Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:20 pm

Not many reports filtering in this week, due to the windy conditions which have greatly limited the opportunities for anglers to hit the water. Peel has been a popular spot for a quick trip due to its proximity to the boat ramp at Cleveland. A few decent snapper are still turning up for anglers fishing early in the morning and late afternoon. Plastics and baits have worked close to the edges of the reef on the western side, but some nice specimens have also been encountered on the northern side, along with a few large morwong. Mackerel have also been working this area and quite a few anglers have caught them on plastics whilst targeting other species. The houseboat wreck has produced a few better quality snapper for those anglers fishing at night and early morning. Boat traffic plays a bit part in whether this spot fires or not.

Speaking of wrecks, the Captain Nelson has been another that has fished well in recent weeks. A few quality snapper as well as the occasional cobia has fallen for live baits fished adjacent to it. Many anglers have also had the pain of landing large shovelnose rays, which have engulfed baits intended for other species. Scarborough Reef has also fished well in recent weeks with anglers doing quick trips in the mornings before the wind has become a menace. Snapper, sweetlip, bream, cod and several other species have been caught here, mainly by anglers fishing with plastics. Having an electric motor, or fishing under the stealth of paddle power will definitely increase your chances in these shallow waters.

Pelagic activity should be starting to increase quickly but unfortunately few anglers have been able to get out there lately. Good places to look when we get a good day are the Pearl Channel, Rainbow Channel, Sand Hills area, Lucinda Bay, Middle Bank and the Naval Reserve Banks. Both small chrome slices (slugs) and stick bait style plastics should be tried on these surface schooling species such as mackerel, mack tuna, longtail tuna, bonito and frigate tuna. Small surf candy style flies are probably the easiest to get hits on when pelagics are feeding on small baits at the start of the season. Mackerel numbers are on the increase and fishing pillies or jigging slugs around the beacons should put you in with the best chance of success if a few mackerel are in the area.

In the estuaries, the reports have been quite numerous, probably because few anglers have ventured any further. Flathead are still accounting for the majority of those reports filtering in, with most estuarine and creek systems being worth a try. Even suburban creeks such as Tinglapa Creek have produced flathead to well over the maximum legal size of 70cm. Slowly trolling minnow lures along the edges of the banks during the falling tide, or drifting small whole fish baits such as whitebait, frogmouth pillies and herring in the channels is a good way to catch a few flathead and other species. Mangrove jack numbers are on the increase with specimens being recorded from most canals systems and the creeks with better snags and cover. Live baits are a popular and productive way to fish around submerged structure with live offerings such as mullet, prawns and herring being worthwhile.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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