Joel Pukallus with a prime Example of a Lake Monduran Barra.
Lure of the week
Jackall 79 Hank tune
Specially designed magnetic weight moving system. Allows the lure to be cast farther and then when the lure hits the water the ball weight rolls back to the center and the magnet keeps it in place for the perfect balance.Slimmer body design increased hook set ratio – Barra/Hank Tune lures are the highest quality Japanese made lures on the market. Upgraded with X-strong rings and hooks for our biggest predators. Tuned to swim perfectly straight from the pack and handle big fish. Can be fished like a jerkbait or retrieved like a crankbait. You let the fish decide which technique it wants to be hooked on.
Toowoomba Regional Council has closed Cooby Dam to the public until further notice as a precautionary move due to elevated numbers of E.Coli bacteria. Council will close entry gates to Loveday Cove and the Cooby Dam wall picnic areas and signage will be put in place indicating the areas are closed to the public until further notice. All reticulated water within the Cooby Dam Wall picnic areas, including taps and toilets, are untreated and therefore poses a risk to human safety during periods of high bacteria levels. Council will undertake daily monitoring of these levels and will re-open both locations as soon as measured levels are below the recognised safety standards.
Still very confident reports from Cressbrook this week, Main Lake Point in the Basin has seen some good fish school up in these areas, targeting these fish with blades and spoons has worked very well. The 30 foot marks seems to be where the fish are most comfortable, also the trolling anglers have had success working the buoy line off Dear island for some good fish, trolling 5/8 Spinnerbaits worked wonders for some.
By far the pick of the local Dam at the moment, massive amounts of both Yellow Belly and Murray Cod have been caught, Both taking a liking to trolling or casting spinnerbaits around the large structured points, other anglers having great success getting there limit of Yellow Belly Vertical jigging Soft Vibes and Metal Blades like the EcoGear ZX40, The back end of the dam has produced some great Silver Perch as well mainly on live Blood Worms.
With Lac of Boat pressure this Dam has produced very good fish this past week, normaly finding these fish can be quite difficult, but with water levels dropping the fish have moved quite close to the Spit Boat ramp and have been easily located. Once finding these fish they have reacted well to spoons and heavily weighted plastics, the fish are suspended in deeper water so burning your lurethrough these fish has been the technique of choice to get that bite. Pelican Point and the Kirkliegh flats are still holding great fish, the afternoon bite has been the best bite time.
With the temperature heating up these fish have been on the move this past week, with the AYC Cod Classic held last weekend there was plenty of fish caught over the short period of time the anglers had, the stand out lure was the Faithful Jackall Gantarel or Gigantarel, casting these baits into the backs of bays in the main basin was the technique used by most successful anglers, the Yellow Belly Fishing has been hot aswell with good numbers being caught at the start of the river arm in the Deeper timber, casting Lipless Crankbaits to the trees accounted for some great fish.
Gold Coast Offshore and Jumpinpin
Snapper are still biting on most of the reefs off the Goldy at the moment. With some quality fish being caught this week on the 24 fathom reefs east of the Seaway and Surfers Paradise. Some nice sized Tusk Fish and Treg Jew were mixed on with them, On the 50 fathom reefs quality sized Kingies were caught on both Live Yakka’s /Slimmies. During the week with the glassed-out days wide of the Coast, there has been a good run of good sized blue marlin and dolphin fish being caught. The Jumpinpin has produced massive flathead of late, on the later stages of the high tide in very shallower water, some anglers have had outstanding success casting large plastics or hardbodies in these areas. The Bar has also fished well for Jew on the end of the runout tide, live herring or a well-presented cut bait has worked well on these fish.
A lake that is starting to get a lot of attention and is fishing well and truly back to its glory days, in the basin finding shallow weedy bays has been the stand out for the early morning or night time bite, casting lightly weighted weedless plastics in thick weed has been the most successful, during the day the fish move reasonably deeper and have been caught mainly on large jerkbaits like the Jackall Squirrels Hanktune79 or Lucky Craft Pointer 78XD casting these lures into deeper timbers banks or points accounted for some great fish during the weekend.