Weekly Report 3 Nov 07

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Weekly Report 3 Nov 07

Post by Brad » Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:19 pm

There was a few mangrove jacks and barra caught prior to the closure on Thursday in and around town with most of the bridges and causeways producing fish on the change in the tides. Also prior to the closure there were some nice barra caught at the base of Aplin's Weir on soft plastics, with the bass trix soft plastics producing some great fish.

The Hinchinbrook channel has been on fire over the last couple of weeks with some great catches of barra. There has also been plenty reports of quality mangrove jacks in the area also. Mullet slabs seem to be the pick of the baits in that area at the moment when chasing jacks. There have also been plenty of reports of quality mangrove jacks being caught on lures in the Bohle, Crocodile and the more Southern creeks like the Haughton, Morrissey and the Barrattas. The grunter catches have continued with plenty of good grunter still being caught in most of the creeks and Rivers in the area. Plantation Creek and Philips landing in the Burdekin area have been producing some very nice flathead. Soft plastics and small minnow lures worked along the gutters towards the bottom of the tide seem to be getting the job done. The Haughton has been producing some exceptional threadfin salmon over the last couple of weeks with fish over a metre not uncommon. These fish can just show up anywhere on your sounder so if you mark a feeding school make sure you through a lure on and try trolling through the school a few times. Finger mark reports have continued also with not much change to last weeks reports with fingermark coming from many of the deeper wholes in Morrissey and the Haughton River. As per last week this still seems to be quite a few mud crabs getting caught by line however the quality of the crabs seems to have slipped with a high percentage being floaters (empty).

Last weekends weather was quite favourable for offshore anglers and as a result the reports where very good with some great catches of large mouth nannygai and red emperor. Most of the coral trout were good quality but the numbers were not consistent with varying reports of success. One over riding similarity in most reports however was the number of sharks that have turned up at the moment with some anglers just going home unable to get any fish past the men in the grey suits. There was also the odd spanish mackerel around however reports suggest that they seem to be a little wider around the shoals and reefs with very little to report on Spanish mackerel catches in close. All that aside the coral reef fin fish are off limits for the next 9 days with the 2nd 9 day "Coral Reef Fin Fish" closure starting at midnight tonight and ending midnight on Sunday 11th November 07. Two weekends of no coral reef fish, I bet you it will be calm too. In saying that there are plenty of other options in this great place, with the multitude of species we have in North Queensland. There has been some great GT popper action around Palm Island, with the North Eastern Bay producing some great fish recently.

With the barra and coral reef fish of limits this weekend and the weather shaping up to reasonable on the water why not head out around the Palm Island Group chasing giant trevally on poppers or try jigging a few soft plastics for fingermark. If bait is more your cup of tea the try getting yourself a few live squid on Saturday night and soak them around cape Cleveland around the bottom of the tide early Sunday Morning.
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