Weekly Report 21 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 21 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:02 am

Queenfish and trevally continue to provide entertainment to those fishing from around Lowths Bridge and Victoria Bridge. The top of the tide has been more productive, with small minnows and soft plastics proving effective. Night time has also seen good size tarpon cruising under the lights of both bridges. They sit neatly behind the pylons in the current waiting to ambush bait moving with the tide. These guys are acrobatic and fight to the death and are a much sought after sportfish in these waters. Tarpon prefer smaller presented lures and the marabou jig is one of the best lures for them. With its small lead head and white feathered tail, tarpon just can’t help themselves. There’s also a few blue salmon still patrolling Alva Beach although flathead and whiting are the most reliable catch in the area.

Many of the shallow creeks such as the Haughton and the Bohle were hard to fish early in the week due to the extremely low tide during the day. Although the high tide in the morning did produce a few hours of fun in the Bohle, with black bream and barra nailing live prawns in snags. The Haughton saw many boats also fishing the morning high before escaping the sand bars on the falling tide. Lure enthusiasts were relieved as legal sized barra were finally brought aboard, as apposed to rats that have plagued snags in previous trips. Those fishing with peeled prawn towards the mouth, told of good size black bream and the odd grunter up to 60cm starting to move through with the change of the tide. Morrisseys has produced yet another run of big black bream taking a liking to fresh local prawns. Amongst them has been the odd whiting and although they have lacked numbers, they have made up with size. Big tides and lack of bait has made fishing a little difficult in this system but next weeks tides should see things settle back to normal. From reports the crabbing has improved in the Haughton of late with more legal size crabs plucked from amongst the 15 or so undersize ones. It seems the crabs have bypassed Morrissey’s as well with a full day of crabbing only producing one or two legals.

Fantastic conditions over the weekend saw many anglers shooting out past the inshore islands and heading straight for the reef. From what I heard on the marine radio there weren’t too many eskies with space for coral trout, as Spanish mackerel were more than co-operative to take both lures and garfish trolled around the reef. Arab and Chicken reef by far were standout locations for coral trout with many boats departing early with bag limits no trouble to meet. Those fishing the deeper channels around the outer reefs found prehistoric red emperor up to 12kilo’s along with their sidekick the large mouth nannygai. Large fresh slab bait proved too much for the red species who fished well into the night for best results. 12 Mile shoals off the Burdekin held plenty of Spanish mackerel that were easily fooled with trolled lures and baits. Many found pilchards drifted amongst a constant berley slick effective and even chaotic at times. Maggie shoals produced some excellent Spanish mackerel as well with trolled gars out fishing all other techniques. Trolling garfish is one of the most effective ways to catch Spanish mackerel. Using a short wire trace accompanied with a wog head ensures your bait gets down deep in the zone and has enough flash to attract a bite. They can be worked dead slow or at high speed depending on where the fish are feeding in the water column.

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With the new moon upon us and the mercury on the rise, I would be packing the tinnie or backpack and walking up small creeks in search of Mangrove Jacks. Morning or evening sessions will start to be productive as the fish become more active in search for food.

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