Weekly Report 12 Nov 10

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Weekly Report 12 Nov 10

Post by Brad » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:43 pm

With all the rain around and winds stirring the water up it has been less than ideal for land based fishers. Only a few reports of tarpon working around many of the drains and water courses in the Burdekin area, with the faster running water the areas to concentrate on. Tarpon are not considered table fish but they are a heap of fun on light line. Small soft plastics and the humble marabou jig would have to be my tip when it comes to catching these fish. Another tip they tend to respond best to a simple slow roll rather than jerking the imparting action into the plastics and jigs. The Herbert River is producing good numbers of sooty grunter and jungle perch on the new Koolabung cicada fizzers although there is likely to be a lot of water pumping through that system at the moment. Also if you are thinking about fishing the upper reaches of the Herbert do keep your wits about you as there are quite a lot of snapping handbags in the area. It is there breeding season and there is nothing worse than an angry female. Sorry about that I forgot the “croc”, let me re-phrase that: There is nothing worse than an angry female croc protecting her nest.

Although the rain and winds have slowed up a lot of anglers up there has still been a few good reports of flathead around the mouth of the Haughton, Morrissey and the Barratta creeks. There has also been report of big lizards in the Burdekin area with Phillips Landing probably the pick at the moment, put do consider the depth of this creek if you are thinking of giving it a go, it is a very shallow system and knowledge of the channels is a must to get around this creek. Further south around Groper creek there has been a few nice fingermark taken around the mouth of the creek. Closer to Townsville the Threadfin Salmon reports are on the improve with some very nice fish caught on live mullet recently from Crocodile Creek. There has also been a steady stream of reports from the Hinchinbrook with some good threadfin also being caught on live baits. If you enjoy a spot of light line fishing for fun like the 4lb club then there is some very nice tarpon around the 60 to 70cm mark in the Bohle River at the moment with DOA 3’” shrimp working a treat. There seems to be a few crabs around but most reports indicate that they are on the empty side. On a more positive note the prawns seem to be on the increase with some good catches expected with the rain.

Although the opportunities have been limited there has been the odd keen angler heading out to the banks wide of Myrmidon (please note the green zone around Myrmidon itself) around Myrmidon itself) chasing the Black Marlin that are known to hang in the area for a few months. There has been some nice fish tagged this year so far and it is not uncommon to encounter fish between 300lb and 700lb. The reef fishing reports have been a little slow due to the weather but closer to the coast around Cape Bowling Green there have been reports of good grunter to 70cm and the occasional fingermark thrown in for good measure. West point and Halifax Bay have also been producing the occasional good catch of grunter and fingermark.

With all the rain most creeks and rivers are likely to start to be influenced slightly by the freshwater, so I would suggest working the sand flats around the mouths of the creeks for flathead or maybe hit the Bohle for a bit of fun chasing Tarpon on light line.

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