Report 16/7/18

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Report 16/7/18

Post by subeditor » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:16 pm

Plenty of mullet schooling at the river mouth!

The Offshore side of things it has been a little tricky, with the variable conditions anglers have had to stay in close. Good sweetlip and tuskies are still on offer around Old Woman Island, cobia and tuna are still on the scene with the water temps slowly dropping, the odd Spanish mackerel is still about hitting the big schools of bait that are moving up the coast. Snapper are also showing up in better numbers and size on the reefs with fish to 80cm. For the anglers that have made the run to the outer reefs they have been rewarded with larger snapper, Pearlies, bigger sweetlip and some larger sized cobia.

The Maroochy River has seen a number of different species being landed by anglers along its banks with its productivity increasing as the water cools. Big schools of mullet have been seen around the river’s mouth following the annual spawn bringing in predators such as Tailor, trevally and big mulloway. Anglers wanting to chase these fish can use lures such as the duo realis 110 mm surface pencil in colours such as micks mullet or hardbodies lures such as the atomic shiner 75 allowing anglers to cover all bases and match the bait profile which predatory fish and hunting. During the winter months big flathead tend to lay in shallow water in order to stay warm and has seen anglers fishing in depths between 1-2 metres of water. Methods that have been very effective has been drifting soft baits such as pilchards along the sand banks and flicking or trawling hardbodies such as the Daiwa double clutch 75 mm. Good size whiting have been taken along the stretches of goat island with freshly pumped yabbies or frozen beach worms proving the most effective. Fishing these baits with two, size 0 sinkers running straight onto a size 4 Mustad long-baitholder hook will allow anglers to attain the best results. The Stretch between Chambers Island and the cod hole has given anglers success on species including golden trevally, mulloway and large flathead with fish being taken on plastics around the 4 inch size in curly and paddle tails. Mangrove jack have still been caught around Dunethin Rock around the Cod Hole as well as the upper stretches of the river with live mullet and large strip baits accounting for the best results. Although these fish are slower to feed in the cooler months they still have to eat with persistence paying off.

The local beaches have been fishing well, with some good chopper tailor lurking around our local gutters. The swell has been up over the last week, making it difficult to get a bait to the bottom. Before the swell we saw some nice whiting coming from the Mudjimba area with freshly pulled live beach worms being the perfect bait. Big bream and tailor are still around the rocks and headlands with most reports coming from angler fishing early morning and just on dark around Yaroomba rocks and Pin Cushion Island. Best bait has been Pilchard on a 4/0 ganged hooks rigged with a quality tough leader. With the lead up to the new moon and water temperatures dropping, we should see some good catches of jew and tailor. When chasing jew around the new moon it pays to fish the tides, concentrate your efforts around the top of the evening tide.

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Davo's Bait & Tackle Northshore
938 David Low Way, Marcoola Q 4564
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