Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Choose the Right Rod to Suit the Conditions

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Choose the Right Rod to Suit the Conditions

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MOOGERAH DAM

GREAT reports from Moogerah this week with some big bass being taken on Jackall TN/60, cast and slow retrieved from the edges and all in the timber.

Trolling these lures and other rattling hard bodies has also been successful.

Bait fishing has been good too, especially on live shrimp in the timber.

This lake is fishing quite well and worth the trip for some big bass and probably some of the hardest fighting bass in Queensland.

MAROON DAM

THE sister dam to Moogerah, just up the road, has also been fishing quite well. It's renowned for its surface bite in the mornings and it hasn't been disappointing.

Real early, working walk-the-dog type surface lures over the weed mats at point or across from the boat ramp has been successful.

Once it heats up a bit, the surface bite goes off and again they have been feeding on Jackall TN/60 and spinnerbaits to the edge and trolled through the middle of the dam.

Unlike Moogerah, most of the bass are small around the 35cm mark but there are plenty of them.

As for catching big numbers here, a well presented live shrimp dropped down amongst the standing timber will give best results.

LESLIE DAM

STILL a few yellowbelly on the bite with lots of smaller ones being landed and a few undersize cod being taken mainly on frozen salt water yabbies and live shrimp.

Also plenty of catfish caught on worms.

Trolling hard bodies up the creek bed has had some success along with vertically jigging small blades like the ZX35 ecogears but bait has been the most productive.

HERVEY BAY

PLENTY of school and spotted mackerel getting around the Bay can be easily targeted by trolling hard bodied lures around. My rule is the bigger, the better when choosing lures for mackerel.

The reefs have been fishing well for snapper, sweetlip and coral trout, especially the reefs around Rooneys Point. …

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