Weekly Report 21 Sep 07

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Weekly Report 21 Sep 07

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:01 am

Reports this week have not differed from last week with the fishing being reasonably good from most corners of the bay. With the degree of wind we have been experiencing over recent weeks, many anglers have only opted to fish in the estuaries. The fishing has been great in most cases with a broad array of species being taken.

Once again this week, reports of flathead have been fairly prevalent especially as many anglers are out practicing for the upcoming Flathead Classic. Jumpinpin has been one of the more productive areas however all the way down to the Broadwater there have been good captures reported. A few big flathead over 80cm were taken on small minnow lures such as Knol’s Native Minnows, Micro Mullets, Attacks, Micro Mins and a selection of others in the Aldershots area and down to Crab Island. The Kalinga Bank area, Neverfail Creek, Whalleys Gutter, Slipping Sands, Short Island, Mckenzies Channel and a variety of other locales have featured in reports from successful anglers. Anglers fishing baits in the main channel at the ‘Pin have done reasonable well on bream and trevally with occasional tailor still being caught around the extremities of the day and at night. Mangrove Jacks have also started to fire a little with several reports of fish to 54cm coming in over the week. Most have been taken by keen lure anglers with a good knowledge of the area they are fishing and an electric motor to provide the stealth factor. Live baits would also be worth a try in both the creeks and the various canal developments throughout the area.

A few longtails have been caught along the front of Bribie by anglers with slugs and flies. They have been a little skittish but if you can get a cast within cooee then there is a good chance of hooking up. A few smaller mack tuna and bonito have also been patrolling the area. Some of the beacons out off Bribie have still been producing the odd school mackerel for anglers jigging with chrome slugs. A live bait may be productive for a longtail or cobia as well. Snapper continue to be caught on plastics and baits from all corners of the bay. Early morning sojourns to the bay islands have been a worthwhile event for many anglers as snapper to over 5kg have been caught. Some anglers have been easily getting their bag of 5 legal fish for an hour or two of effort.

The north eastern corner of St.Helena and eastern side of green have produced a few school mackerel for anglers floating out pillies, fished unweighted on a ganged hook rig. Using a bit of chopped pillie for berley has definitely paid dividends for anglers, with those fishing on the drift getting the better results. The eastern end of the Rous Channel is definitely worth a go as well with both drifted pillies and No.3 drones trolled behind a paravane doing the trick. If you want a bit of fun with the kids over the school holidays then try casting small bream style soft plastics around the edges of the reef on the western side of Peel. Big numbers of pike to over 45cm in length have been caught there recently. Once you locate them then it is usually just a case of dropping the plastic over the side to get a ferocious strike. These guys are great fun for the kids (and adults) on light gear and can provide a tasty feed or a good supply of bait for future trips. Don’t forget the crab pots if venturing up in the estuaries or out in the bay as the crabbing has been pretty good and will only get better in the coming weeks.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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