Report 14/12/18

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Report 14/12/18

Post by subeditor » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:45 am

Big Swells offshore over the weekend!

Offshore has been a little quiet due to the weather, if you do get a window I would certainly recommend heading for Sunshine Reef, the Gneerings, and Murphy’s Reef in search of some nice coral trout. These fish tend to feed that bit harder after rains. Live yakka’s on a running sinker rig works well as this will put the bait right in the strike zone.. Currimundi and Coolum Reefs are also worth a try with snapper, sweetlip and pearlies also present. If you have a chance to head out wider to the Banks there should be snapper, maori cod and red throats available in the 35 to 45 metre mark. Using baits such as pilchards and local squid will land you a nice feed. The pelagic’s are in good numbers with both spotted and spanish mackerel reported before the swells jacked up. Tuna are also on the chew with the mack and long tails feeding on smaller baits, casting slugs like the Halco Twisty or the Shimano Raider in the 20 to 40 grams around the edges of the schools has been productive.

With the larger swells we are seeing an increase in the amount of gutters along the open stretches. Areas south of Peregian have been responsible for good whiting with most fish taken on the run out tide. Worms and peeled prawns have shown the better response. Dart are appearing in numbers with the top of the tide the most productive. Pipis, yabbies and worms have been the better baits on the bait keeper style hook, these hooks give the bait longevity while being washed around. Tailor continue to be taken around the North Shore, Pin Cushion island area. Fishing the night high tide seems to be the most productive times. Good quality pilchards or fresh mullet has been the most productive.

The river has changed as we see yet another influx of fresh into the system. With the fresh in the system the bigger whiting tend to head towards the lower parts of the river in search of more saline waters. Good areas to target are the shallow sand bars where the fish can hunt for yabbies and soldier crabs. Good examples include front of Chambers Island, back of Goat Island and Picnic Point. Perfect baits include live yabbies, soldier crabs, and worms. Make sure you use a light fluorocarbon leader as this has less light refraction and will present the bait in a more natural fashion. Reports of mud crabs are wide spread with catcher reported in the main river and the tributaries. Checking your pots every few hours and make sure they well baited will result in a good size feed. Don’t forget to mark your pots with an ID tag and your float should be no smaller than 150mm. Flathead numbers continue to be good with plenty of fish around the Oyster Bank road area as well as Bradman Ave, for the boat anglers fishing the banks between Goat Island and the Motorway Bridge has seen some nice table fish taken. Soft plastics slowed rolled off the bank into the deeper sections has been productive along with drifting small pilchards. Trevally numbers are also good with plenty of fish taken around Twin Waters and the mouth of the river on the high tide, surface walkers and poppers are an exciting way to fish and the trevally are happy to take them off the surface.

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