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Fishing Report: Top Ten Species for Tenth Month 2010 15/10/2010

TOP TEN SPECIES IN THE TENTH MONTH 2010

 

What's with all this hype about the weekend which has just passed by - the special day Sunday was being the tenth day of the tenth month in the year 2010? I heard there were people demanding their baby is born at 10am, new product launches and couples worldwide saying ‘I do' at the same time... I guess there is something special about the date. We won't experience this sort of phenomena until, well, November next year! But if this was my wedding anniversary I would be much less likely to forget the date!

 

So to get on the bandwagon that went with the tenth of the tenth of the tenth, a top ten species for the tenth month of 2010 was in order. Spring is a great time of year for fishing as there are both summer species on the move and the tail end of the winter species are hanging around also. Queenslanders look forward to mild October weather to prepare for a long, hot summer ahead. As soon as this hits, I delve into the shed to dust off my best whippy beach rod, quick response pelagic stick and solid short reef combo. The top ten species for October fall into three categories: Beach, Estuary and Reef.

 

Beach species are getting far more popular in October as the temperatures increase and the amount of sunlight available is greater.

1. Sand whiting can be found in surf gutters all along the SE Queensland coastline as they're enroute to a river or inlet to spawn. Whiting like to search the sea bottom for tasty morsels on the shallower, cleaner banks, where the tide is not running so fast. Fish as light as possible, with just enough weight to keep the bait just on the bottom, a small 00 ball sinker is used on top of the bait. The swell should move your bait enough to look realistic but you can also create bait movement by a slow retrieve with the reel. When the initial nibbling type of bite is felt, be patient and pull hard once the weight of the fish bends the rod.

 

2. Dart are the other best beach species, both swallowtail and snub-nose dart frequent our waterways. They are primarily a surf species most commonly found from mid New South Wales coast to the northern tip of Fraser Island. Dart, although small and sleek looking carry a pretty big punch of power and tenacity far beyond most other species of fish of similar size. Dart are not fussy eaters and will take most things passing them by, but sand worm and fresh pippie are favourites. Look for deep gutters with heavy white wash from breaking waves on the outside bank for an ideal spot to cast for dart.

 

Estuary species are plentiful due to the transition from winter to summer.

3. Flathead can be caught year round, but really come out in force as the temperatures rise and often prior to the summer storms. Flathead are essentially daytime feeding fish and tend to get caught on a heavily weighted line with large wide-mouth style hook loaded with huge slab of fish flesh or whole pillie. Flathead are quite lazy, preferring to lie partially buried in the sand, awaiting food to come to them, this is why flathead anglers often hang on the same sandbank season in and season out. Try to convince the flathead that the bait is alive, but unable to escape, and it will rush the bait and take it in one gulp. The subsequent struggles throw pieces of bait around and arouse other flathead in the vicinity, making it a good policy to cast back into the same area as quickly as possible.

 

4. Trevally in a wide variety of species have been feeding up a storm since the September school holidays. They seek out small baitfish in schools which travel up the Noosa, Maroochy, and Mooloolah Rivers and also congregate in the canal systems at Minyama, Kawana and Pelican Waters. The species list includes golden, giant, big eye, diamond and cale cale trevally. Trevally are a great fun fish to temp, play and then land. If you can match the food that the trevally are feeding on with a lure or bait, your chances of a hook up are increased greatly.

 

5. Mangrove Jack - these fish are as comfortable around snaggy environments as any angler is with a fishing rod in hand. Their favourite habitats include rocky structures, bridge pylons, and fallen trees, under pontoons, deep holes and, as adults, inshore reefs. Live bait is generally the best, due to the appeal of a moving prey. Poddy mullet, diver whiting, prawns, gar, herring and hardy heads are all good locally found Jack food. When Jacks are really on a hot bite they will take most whole fish types of bait like W.A. pilchards, whitebait and even strips of mullet fillet.

 

6. Mud crabs have been on the move big time after the recent offering of rain from the weather gods. Bucks are averaging 1.5kg and are full of sweet, succulent white flesh. Be vigilant in checking your pots on the hour and you will have greater chance of success. There are many feisty females around which are cashing in on the whole mullet baits on offer in pots, once a female is in your pot, no male in 100m radius will go in there while the female protects her territory. If you are quick enough to remove the female, there's more chance of a male getting potted. Just remember male mud crabs must measure 15cm from spine to spine on the spines closest to the back swimmer legs.

 

Offshore fishing is hotting up, providing the wind stays down so you can get out amongst the action!

7. Grass Sweetlip are in excellent numbers at present on most local reefs between Noosa and Caloundra. The warmer months are always best to target them on the inshore reefs and their size and power when caught is what temps most anglers. They are predominantly found in larger population at both Inner and Outer Gneerings, Murphys, Coolum Reef and Sunshine Reef. Pillies, whole slimy Macs, yakkas and well-presented whole squid are their preferred diet and presentation goes a long way with Grassy's as they do tend to be finicky at times. Grass Sweetlip fans on the coast swear by the floating style of rig due to the fact the most common catch areas are shallower inshore reefs.

 

8. Venus Tuskfish are a beautiful looking fish which packs a punch when hooked up. Anglers revel in the fight with a Tuskfish and have to be prepared to fight hard the second the run begins as once you give a Tuskfish an inch they will duck and hide which will only leave you with a snag. They are mostly found in warmer Queensland waters and weights around 1-3kg are common. Parrot as they are more commonly known as (for their small parrot-like mouths) feed on small crabs, prawns and baitfish. Very rarely will a parrot hit a lure. You will find a parrot around the edges of shallow reefs, gravel patches and drop-offs surrounded by coral and reef.

 

9. Pearl Perch are certainly one of the most prized of all table fishes. The flesh is pure white, moist and very sweet to taste. They are a sought after offshore species on the Sunshine Coast with popular zones of rock, reef or rubble seabeds, particularly near pinnacles and major reef structure being their habitat. Pearlies are found in water depths from about 30 to 120 meters, so anchoring and berleying over offshore reefs will produce good catches. The secret is to present your baits amongst the berley - this might mean using berley bombs when there is any substantial current. The other effective method used often on local feeding grounds is drifting reefs and gravelly areas. Baits such as squid, fleshy slab baits, pillies and whole yakka are good, plus metal-bodied deepwater vertical jigs and crystal ball/octo-jigs are highly popular at the moment. Allow all jigs to sink to the bottom and then very slowly retrieved for 5-10m before being dropped back to the bottom and the process repeated.

 

10. Mackerel in all varieties including spanish, spotty, school and dog are on the move along the Sunshine Coast beaches in search of food.Rock walls, spits and points, local close inshore reefs, bays like Mooloolaba, Laguna and even reefs out wide from Caloundra and Noosa are stomping grounds for mackerel. When trying to locate where the mackerel are feeding, first look to sky and to the water surface for the tell tale signs. These signs include birds hovering and circling over a particular area and birds diving into the water to feed. It is also important to always keep one eye on the water looking for splashing, fish surfacing and chopping or bait fish skipping. If you can find the bait, hopefully the mackerel shouldn't be far behind. Some days lures work better and other days troll baits, so it always pays to try your luck with both. A lure that is always a sure-fire hit with mackerel is the Berkeley Frenzy Mungo. These deep diving minnows are about the same size as a big slimy mackerel and have a great tight action when trolled. They come in a variety of good mackerel colours and will be a sure winner this season, so why not give them a try.


LOCAL FISHING REPORT


Noosa: Bream whiting and a few dart from the mouth. Mangrove Jack and grunter bream from Harbour town and woods bay. Flathead and grunter bream along the Tewantin reach. Flathead and whiting in the Frying Pan and from Munna point. Good numbers of  trevally in Woods Bay and Noosa sound. Plenty of mud crabs in the lakes.

Maroochydore: Bream, flathead and grunter bream from Petrie creek and the Cod Hole. Mangrove jacks from the upper reaches on live bait. Whiting from Channel Island to the river mouth. Good numbers of mud crabs from the upper reaches and in the creeks.

Kawana: Whiting, bream and flathead around McKenzie’s bridge. Trevally on soft plastics and poppers in the canals. Jacks throughout the upper reaches on live bait. Plenty of bream around La balsa Park and the boat moorings. Large numbers mud crabs moving throughout the river.

Caloundra: School Jew in the lower reaches of the river on live bait. Bream off the board walk and in the canals. Whiting and grunter bream in Bells creek. Mangrove Jacks in Coochin creek on live bait. Mud crabs from Bells and Coochin creek.

 

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The best month for catching big female dusky flathead is October. Generally you can find a big female with several smaller males hanging together in the same spot.

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As the water temperature rises, mangrove jack will become more active feeding on bait and lures that is casting into their territory.  Check out Shadow's nice specimen.

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Summer and golden lined whiting are starting to school in the lower reaches of the most rivers and will continue to increase in numbers as the weather warms up this month.

 

Fishing Report: Whiting Anglers Look Forward to Summer 07/10/2010

WHITING ANGLERS LOOK FORWARD TO SUMMER

As the sunrises get earlier and sunsets are getting later; temperatures are creeping up to the high twenties making it standard practice for the three following things: a) dusting off the widebrim hat and locating some zinc, b) chilling down beers in the freezer to maintain that cool, crisp taste upon opening and lastly c) tuning up the long whippy whiting rod in preparation for a long summer targeting one of Queensland’s most sought after succulent-tasting, sporting species!


Most whiting anglers get excited after the September school holidays as this marks the start of the whiting season.  Anyone who fishes the beach over this holiday period will vouch that whiting are usually seen in the gutters along surf beaches on the coastline as they are enroute to rivers and estuaries for their major spawning period which occurs in September in Queensland.


If you need a reminder of what to look for in a summer/sand whiting, then read on.  Sand whiting (Sillago ciliata), also known as summer whiting and bluenosed whiting is mostly silver in colour with an olive green to light brown back.  They have 15 to 17 soft rays on their anal fin and a conspicuous black dot at the base of the pectoral fin The ventral and anal fins are light yellow in colour, but this is not to be confused with the golden bands along the body of the Golden-lined whiting which anglers often misidentify.   Sand whiting have been known to grow to a length of over 50 cm and a weight in excess of one kilo, however in local waters weigh-ins range from 300g to 750g most commonly. The minimum legal length is 23 cm and there is a combined bag limit of 30 across all whiting species.


Where to go:  Whiting tend to forage for crustaceans and worms in water from a few centimetres in depth to the edge of a deep drop-off.  Sunshine Coast waters are plentiful in structures and natural formations which appeal to the hungry sand whiting.  Sand whiting feed in areas where the tide current helps them burrow for food and likely spots are working sand ripples, tailing sand banks, shallow and deep weed beds, over yabby beds, over sand flats where soldier crabs are found and even up under the mangrove roots. Any shallow beach gutter with an incoming tide can also fish well for whiting especially in times when the swell is quite calm and the water is crystal clear.  Don't expect too much action from a whiting in dirty, weedy water or if the wind is up.


In Noosa, try the Frying Pan, Munna Point, Tewantin stretch, between the Lakes and those beautiful gutters that stretch as far as the eye can see from the first cutting northwards along the North Shore.  Heading down the coastline; Marcus Beach to Stumers Creek at Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola and Mudjimba Beaches all provide nice gutters for whiting fishing during the day.  In the Maroochy River; Cotton Tree, the Black Bank by Twin Waters jetty, shallow banks between Channel Island and Picnic Point, Godfreys Road and the mud flats found in Eudlo and Petrie Creeks are all notorious hot spots for this silver-coloured sortafter species.  Further south in the Mooloolah and Kawana areas; the stretch along La Balsa Park to the canals works well during the week when there’s less boating traffic, along the yabbie banks upstream of McKenzie’s bridge and throughout the upper Mooloolah River are all highly recommended.  Lastly in the Pumicestone Passage, hit spots like Coochin Creek, ‘The Skids’, Pelican Waters and Golden Beach are worth heading.


Bait to use: Favorite foods for a hungry whiting include yabbies, crabs, solder crabs, mussels, worms and prawns.  Fresh or live is always best, however whiting can be likened to bream in the way they will snack on anything dead or alive.  A variety of small hard-body poppers, minnows and prawn-shaped resin lures have been successful substitutes to bait.  Soft plastics are also very much tailored towards whiting fishing these days with the likes of Berkley PowerBaits in bloodworm and sandworm varieties plus 2-inch Berkley Gulps in natural brown colours or fairly clear grubs varieties as well.


Use the tide current or a slow wind to keep the bait or lure moving so there is less chance of being taken by a sneaky bream. Fish any of the sand/mud banks (especially those that have many yabby holes) at the lower end of the river at the start of the making tide and work your way up stream as the tide floods in. Start on the edge of the sand banks and work your up onto the top of the bank with the tide. Work your way up to the top of lower or mid way up the middle reaches and once the tide turns work your back down towards the mouth on the ebb tide. If you can fish when the tides running strong at dawn, dusk or overnight your chances of catching big whiting increase greatly.


If fishing from a boat, anchor in shallow water and move often to follow the rising tide over the shallows. Cast the bait up current and allow the current to sweep it back past the boat and out to the full length of line which was originally cast.Drifting is another option providing there is not too much wind. By its nature drifting keeps the bait moving and gives good area coverage if looking for the fish.  When drifting, always note where the fish are caught as the school may be feeding within a limited range and the drift can be shortened to concentrate on the most productive location.

So get out on the next making or fallinig tide and take a nice cold beer, wide-brim hat, zinc and of course your whippy whiting rod and welcome the whiting to take a bite!

 

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT


Noosa: Dart, whiting and tailor from Rainbow Beach. Trevally and chopper tailor in the lower reaches on the top of the tide. Mangrove jacks in Woods Bay. Tailor and trevally along the Tewantin reach. Large numbers of whiting in the Frying Pan. Mud Crabs in the canals.

 

Maroochydore: There is still a few tailor around the cod hole on live bait. Yaroomba has been producing a few big jew at night and bream and tailor at dusk. Good numbers of dusky flathead around Goat and channel Islands. Whiting to 35cm from Bli Bli. A few mud crabs in the creeks.

 

Kawana: Flathead to 65cm opposite Minyama Island. Jacks from the weir. Trevally from La Balsa. Bream to 1kg and tailor to 1.7kg from the boat moorings. Good size bream and a few whiting around McKenzie’s Bridge. Sand crabs in the lower reaches.

 

Caloundra: Mangrove Jacks in Bells creek. Golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally and queenfish in the Pelican Waters canals. Flathead up to 60cm from the inside of the bar. Bream from Military jetty. Whiting and bream from Golden Beach.

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Summer whiting are a key bread and butter estuary species that provide anglers with hours of fun on light gear. Joseph, Sam, Thomas & Lachlan caught these summer whiting on live worms in the lower reaches of the Maroochy River.

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A couple of Maroochy River elbow slapper caught on live blood worm from the bli bli flats

Fishing Report: Spring Storms Stir Up Succulent Crustaceans 30/09/2010

SPRING STORMS STIR UP SUCCULENT CRUSTACEANS

 

Spring came on suddenly and almost had us thinking that Summer was early even. After a long dry winter in hibernation, a spring storm to stir up the rivers and creeks is just what we need to flush those tasty mud crabs out and into our pots.  It is about time they came out of hibernation and gave into the temptation which we have offered in the form of a juicy piece of rotten mullet. Usually the humid summer months are the best for crabs, but Queensland’s storm season is notoriously good for crabbing also.

The rain will bring jew, jacks, cod, catfish and even some of the bigger flathead out of hiding as well.  Similarly to the king tides we had shortly after Christmas, a big downpour means many anglers will be avoiding the upper parts of the river, choosing to fish the dirty water mark instead. Remember, crabs caught during months with the letter ‘r’ tend to be much fuller than those caught during the winter months (we have just started the ‘_________ber’ months so bring on those fat crabs).

Local crabbers have recommended we keep our eyes peeled for partially full crabs which tend to have a greenish tinge to their shells and full crabs have a darker more browny-blue colour.  These are not worth keeping and should go back in to fatten up!  The other way to tell how full a buck is, apart from observing its colour, is to press down on the underside of the crab’s carapace, beneath the point. If the shell indents then the crab is only partly full, and if it does not, then it should be full of meat.

The trick with crabbing is to be observant and pedantic about checking your pots – this way you can get every crab which sneaks in and out of your pot.  Of course there is always the chance that a crab may still be in your pot if you leave it without checking on it for hours on end.  But the greater the frequency of checking and rebaiting, usually means the greater number of crabs for you to take home.  Reports at present is that the ratio of males:females is close to 50:50.  If you have a pot with a dominant female trapped inside, most male crabs will stay clear from fear of losing an arm or leg.  Wise move that perhaps we humans should consider occasionally…. So removing the female and throwing her back in the water means a hungry male will then enter the pot to feed on the delicacy of mullet frames or rotting chicken carcass that you have on offer.

Being able to distinguish between male and female crabs is a very important way for anglers to play a role in sustainable fisheries. The mud and sand crabs though very different in appearance, both have the same protective cover on their under body. On male crabs this cover is in the shape of a long narrow, pointed flap. The females have a broad, more rounded flap that covers more than half of their underside. All female crabs must be returned to the water after capture. Male mud crabs must measure 15cm from spine to spine on the spines closest to the back swimmer legs. Male sand crabs have to measure 11.5cm from notch to notch on the notch closest to the spines. Currently each angler can keep 10 male mud crabs and unlimited male sand crabs, but it is important to stress the need to only take enough for your own immediate use and leave some there for the future.

According to the DPI Fishweb, “In tidal waters, when fishing for blue swimmer crabs, mud crabs and spanner crabs, no more than four crab pots or dillies (or a combination of pots and dillies) may be used per person. Also a person must not possess more than four crab apparatus per person, on a boat on the water.  The use of inverted dilly apparatus (witches hats) is to be phased out. The use of this apparatus will be prohibited from 2 April 2010.”

Fisheries Officers do enforce this rule and it has been positive to see their presence over the busy school holiday period, not just making sure rules and regulations are being followed, but also spending time with the younger anglers to help educate and encourage.

If you are lucky to hit your bag limit of four crabs, clean your crabs well to have good quality flesh for eating.  To clean a mud crab make sure you take the following steps:

1.     Clean the outside of the mud crab with a brush under running water.

2.     Turn the crab upside down and halve with a knife as pictured above right.

3.     Remove the legs and claws from the body.

4.     Remove the guts and feathery lungs from the body.

5.     Brush out any muck from the inside of the crab.

6.     Crack the shells of each portion before cooking to let the flavours in.

Mud crabs may be boiled in salty water or steamed whole for about 15 to 20 minutes. The mud crab can lose its delicate texture and flavour when it is not consumed immediately after cooking.

 

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT


Noosa: Snapper from North Reef. Snapper, coral trout and sweetlip at Sunshine reef. Mangrove jacks around the lakes and Harbour town. Tailor and trevally in Woods Bay. Large numbers of whiting in the Frying Pan.


Maroochydore: Jacks in the upper reaches on live bait. Grunter, jewfish and trevally at the cod hole. Whiting up to 35cm and flathead from Chambers Island through to the river mouth. A few mud crabs in Eudlo and Petrie creek.  Diamond scale mullet to 4kg in the lower reaches.


Kawana: Dart and whiting from the northern end of  Kawana Beach. Jacks from the weir. Trevally from the moorings. Bream and school mackerel from the rock walls on high tide. Good size bream and a few whiting around McKenzie’s Bridge.


Caloundra: Trevally and queenfish in the Pelican Waters canals. Flathead up to 60cm from the inside of the bar. Whiting and bream in the lower reaches. Sweetlip around Brays Rocks. Mackerel and snapper at Currimundi. Snapper at the 5 mile.

 

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Brad Young was fishing with herring from Chambers Island Bridge when he caught this 1.4kg flathead.

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Duncan McMillan was fishing with live worms around the river mouth when he caught a couple of quality whiting.

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Solid buck mud crabs like these being held by Mark Planck are in reasonable numbers in the upper reaches of the Maroochy River at the moment and feeding on the lead up to the full moon.

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report: Spring Sports Fishing Comp 23/09/2010

SPRING SHOOTOUT - ANOTHER FISHING COMPETITION FOR SUNSHINE COASTERS!

What better way to kick off the game fishing season on the Sunshine Coast than with a fishing competition. But not just any fishing comp, the Sunshine Coast Game fishing club spring shootout.

This competition is for the serious sports fisherman only and they must be willing to target big billfish on light line classes. Could you imagine being hooked up to a 100kg black marlin on 8kg mono line. In this situation you need to have silky smooth preset drags and plenty of stamina to battle it out with your worthy opponent.

It seems like the short lived winter with warmer than usual water temperatures, in conjunction with the east coast current pumping warmer than usual seawater in close off the Sunshine Coast waters has fired up bait, sailfish and marlin.

The Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Clubs Spring shootout will be a good way to showcase the healthy billfish stocks that call the coast their home over the warmer months of the year. It is being held next week  between the 30th of September and the 3rd of October.

For further information on the shootout visit the Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club on www.scgfc.com.au.

This competition gives the average punter a chance to have perve on some pretty nice game fishing boats. Its worth going to the rock walls either side of the Mooloolah River mouth Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd mornings to watch the procession of beautiful game boats heading out to the fishing grounds.

 

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT


Noosa: Dart and Whiting long the North Shore. Tarpon on fly and poppers from Weyba Creek and Make Peace Island. Plenty of bream from 25-30cm throughout the river. Tea leaf and cale cale trevally on fly and poppers from Munna Bridge and Noosa Harbour. Flathead throughout the river.

 

Maroochydore: Tailor from Mudjimba and Marcoola. School jew to 84cm and a few flathead in Maroochy Waters Canal. Flathead from Petrie creek to Bli Bli bridge. Mangrove jack to 2.75kg and School jew above bli bli bridge. Whiting up to 34cm from lower river and to 37cm from Minti Street. Mud crabs in Eudlo creek and Petrie creek.

 

Kawana: Tailor, bream and a few dart along Kawana Beach. Trevally and whiting on the banks just past McKenzie’s bridge. A 4.5kg golden trevally, plenty of chopper tailor and school mackerel from the rock walls. Tiger squid from the eastern rock wall.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and trevally around the bar. Whiting on poppers along Golden Beach and near the power boat club. Bream around the 30cm mark from the Military Jetty over night.

 

 

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This 90kg black marlin was caught and released on 8kg line by Jeff Oates about 18 miles off Mooloolaba. (photo by David Granville)

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Conor Lynch was fishing a bait ball out from Coolum when they tagged and releases this healthy sailfish on a recent trip.

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Dan Smith fishing onbboard Ymer on the 08/09/2010 at the Mooloolaba 18 mile. It weighed 23.8kgs and is a pending Australian Record for Male 8kg line (photo David Granville).

 

Fishing Report: Warm Spring Days Bring Whiting on the Chew 16/09/2010

WARM SPRING DAYS BRING THE WHITING ON THE CHEW

 

Summer and golden lined whiting move into our water ways between early October and late April and will provide anglers with good sport fighting fish on light tackle that school up in good number on the sand and mud banks throughout the river. These fish are probably the best quality eating fish in the river, with delectable sweet fillets. The warmer than usual weather that has graced us during the first few weeks of September has had direct influence on the water temps in the Sunshine Coast rivers. This increase in water temperature is as good as  waved the checkered  kicking off our annual whiting season.

 

These whiting move in schools throughout the rivers of the coast, travelling up and down with the daily tide. They forage on yabbies, worms, small soldier crabs and small shellfish in the sandy banks as they move throughout the river. To catch good numbers of these great fish we need to replicate what the whiting are feeding on and present the bait in such a way that it looks natural.

 

Blood worms can be purchased at your local bait and tackle store and yabbies can be pumped from the flats on low tide, so as anglers we have top quality bait at our finger tips. Blood worms should be rigged on the hook so that they lay flat in the mud with a small section of the worm hanging off the end of the hook.

 

Pumping live yabbies is still very productive and cost effective for most anglers. The only problem with yabbies is that when sitting on the bottom stationary, the big whiting can literally suck them clean off the hook. The best way to combat this is to lash the very end tail section of the yabby onto your hook using elasticized multi strand bait cotton called ‘bait cotton’. There are no knots required, just wrap the cotton around the tail several time tightly and this means the whiting have to work a lot harder to get it off the hook and hopefully it will get hooked up I the process. At $3 a spool bait cotton is a cheap way to increase your catch rate. The other way to ensure a better hook up rate using yabbies is to drift fish with them. Summer whiting are more like to swallow the yabby whole on the drift, where as they will pick at it when stationary.

 

Fish any of the sand/mud banks (especially those that have many yabby holes) at the lower end of the river at the start of the making tide and work your way up stream as the tide floods in. Start on the edge of the sand banks and work your up onto the top of the bank with the tide. Work your way up to the top of lower or mid way up the middle reaches and once the tide turns work your back down towards the mouth on the ebb tide. If you can fish when the tides running strong at dawn, dusk or overnight your chances of catching big whiting increase greatly.

 

We can look forward to many months of good whiting fishing ahead with more and bigger fish on the way.

 

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT


Noosa: Coral trout, yellow tail kingfish, amber jack, snapper and sweetlip from northern end of Sunshine Reef and the Jew Shoal. Jewfish up to 75cm on soft plastics along the Ski run. Large numbers of whiting in the Frying Pan. Snapper, jewfish, dart, bream, trevally and tailor from the rocks at Double Island Point.

 

Maroochydore: School mackerel, snapper and sweetlip from Old Woman Island and the Inner Gneerings early in the morning. Golden and giant trevally at the Cod Hole on the top of the tide on soft plastics. Whiting from the Black Banks and Bli Bli bridge on live worms and nippers.

 

Kawana: Good number of pearl perch, snapper, amber jack and sweetlip from the Barwon banks. Good numbers whiting and flathead around McKenzie’s bridge on the incoming tide. Plenty of bream still around the boat moorings. Chopper tailor, whiting and dart along Kawana beach and from Currimundi beach.

 

Caloundra: Snapper, pearl perch, parrot and school mackerel from Currimundi and Caloundra wide. Flathead from the river mouth to Bells Creek on live herring. Bream in the blue hole and off the board walk at night. Whiting between 25cm to 30cm from the Power boat club on nippers.

 

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Andy Gunn was out in some pretty bumpy conditions yesterday morning when he boated quality spangled emperor and a 4kg snapper on caloundra 12 mile.

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Dave loves working surface lure over the flats behind Chambers Island from his kayak on his days off and came up with a 35cm whiting for his efforts.

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Scott Arnall was drifting on his kayak through the cod hole when this 3.2kg golden trevally smashes his peeled prawn.

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Reece was fishing with live worms from Chambers Island bridge when he caught this 32cm whiting.

 

 

 

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