Weekly Report 11 Feb 10

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Weekly Report 11 Feb 10

Post by Brad » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:33 pm

If you haven’t been down to Aplins yet, you may have missed the big fish for 2010. It’s been another successful year for Aplins with lots of big fish caught with live baits by far proving the key to metre plus fish. With the dirty water still struggling to clear from Townsville’s foreshore a lot of good fish have been found hugging the rock walls and headlands. In particular the casino rock wall continues to impress with anglers both land based and in boats managing to find good fish. Over last weekend big live mullets sent out first thing in the morning tempted hungry queenfish up to 5kg’s. With this weeks big tides I’m yet to hear any more reports from Pallarenda but I’m sure they won’t be too far away. In RossCreek there is still good numbers of trevally around 2-3kg schooled up under VictoriaBridge and Lowths Bridge. These great sportfish can be seen smashing small baits on the surface and are taking small plastics particularly at night.

The crab reports have come in and it seems you can’t really go wrong at the moment. In particular the flats in Cleveland bay have produced some excellent crabs of late, and with the big tides around the crabs are well and truly on the move. Other spots like the Haughton and Bohle haven’t failed as well with everyone pleased with the numbers and how full the crabs are. Haven’t heard much about the crabs from the mangroves off Maggie Island, but this time of year can produce some excellent clean crabs. On the fishing front the Haughton River and Bohle have both been unbelievable for barra at present. Both trolling and live baiting has been effective with few missing out on capturing a good barra. While the rock bar at the mouth of the Bohle has looked like a McDonalds’ of late, many are still finding good fish willing take live baits. Further up stream I’ve heard a report of oversized mangrove jacks beating barra to live baits. The bag consisted of 4 jacks caught amongst 2 barra with the smallest jack measuring 47cm and both barra’s in the 70’s. Further north I have heard a few locals have been tormenting some big fingermark from around the Lucinda loader jetty. Even the brute of 80lb braid has struggled to turn these fish out of the pylons. Live squid is definitely drawing more attention, but live herring don’t last long either.

The weather held off long enough for many to get out and fish the reefs over the weekend. In general the fishing was slow but there were a few that managed to snare a good feed. In particular the coral trout were slow but red throat and spangled emperor saved many from disaster. Grub and chicken reef were consistent producers with inshore reefs like keeper fishing well for spanish mackerel during the day and nannygai at night. Night sessions around Keeper Reef found plenty of small mouth nannygai in deeper water with only a few large mouth with them. The large mouths that were caught were of good size around 6kgs. Fresh slab baits were consistent producers of good fish with all the action starting once a fillet hit the bottom.

Overcast conditions and new moon approaching should see the excellent barra fishing continue and reef fishing improve. Early morning high tides should make fishing Pallarenda and all the northern beaches like Toomulla a great option. Big barra, grunter, salmon, trevally and queenies patrol these beaches on big tides.

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