Weekly Report 26 Aug 11

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Weekly Report 26 Aug 11

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:31 am

If you enjoy your land based fishing then now is the time to get into the action with great reports coming from all around the traps. Areas such as the Lakes are starting to fire up and good barra, jacks and bream are bending rods. Casting soft plastics in the DOA range of CAL’s and also using the ever popular Koolabung blade is enough to get you into the action. The Casino break wall is turning up good fish also, ranging from legal size barra, queenfish and surprisingly a few larger threadfin salmon. Anglers casting poppers and metal slices off of the end are catching queenfish and trevally which have been in good numbers. Closer inside the rockwall and in particular the sandy corner is seeing a few nice barra landed on live baits with prawn being the pick of the baits. Lures will work also and the DOA prawn is one of the best to use. Ross creek has been entertaining the lighter line anglers with large schools of trevally hanging around the various bridges including Victoria and Lowths Bridge. Casting blades next to the bridge pylons and working them back with a quick retrieve works best for the trevally which hit with gusto and fight well for their size.

The creeks surrounding Townsville have been fishing well for barra with some larger fish up to a metre long taking both live baits and lures. Jigging the Jackall Transam in the deep holes is seeing the larger fish caught with a little persistence required after they have been marked. Staying at areas where the fish are known to be and continually casting is well worth the wait as the big fish are generally a bit harder to get a bite from. Casting hard bodied lures into the timber is adding a shade of red to the esky with healthy size mangrove jacks being caught. Try casting smaller lures and in a red colour as these seem to work better for the mangrove jacks, the Koolabung Bass Raider diver is a favourite. The creeks are alive with both yellow fin and pikey bream at the moment and using a simple running sinker rig with prawn as bait will be enough to entice these fish. They can be quite aggressive as it’s not uncommon to see bream caught on 120mm barra lures when they are this thick. However a great way to catch them is to flick plastics on a light spin rig.

There have been a few brave anglers punching out a bit further and from reports the fish have been out there. Mackerel around 10kg are prolific although hanging deep and a little wise to hit thicker wire so downsizing your wire and in some cases even switching to heavier mono can secure a bite. Coral trout have been on the chew around the islands with Palm Island producing the goods. Smaller jigs and slab bait both work well with fish up to 70cm being caught. A few nice red throat emperors are getting caught as well which rival the eating quality of the coral trout. Inshore the wrecks are still alive with bait and fish, jigging the various wrecks off of Townsville and Lucinda is great fun as a variety of fish can be caught including mackerel, trevallies, cobia and emperors. Around magnetic island some good fingermark are being caught and using live bait on a dropper rig is a productive way to get into a few of these awesome fish. Live herring is the number one bait for many fingermark fishermen. Just talking to Cliff from Northern Conquest Charters about the catches on his boat “Sir Reel” in recent weeks and he was telling me that they have never seen so many monster coral trout so if it is coral trout you are after now is the time to get amongst them.

The weather looks reasonable this weekend and for the brave few charging out the inshore islands and wrecks would be worth a fish with some good captures showing up there of late. Fishing the creeks chasing the many bream around with the kids would provide hours of entertainment whilst also catching a few for a meal is a great option as well.

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