Weekly Report 17 Nov 11

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Weekly Report 17 Nov 11

Post by Brad » Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:49 am

Steady reports of some land based action in local spots has inspired many anglers to set the alarm early and head down with a box of lures for a fishing session. A very entertaining style of fishing is GT popper fishing with arm wrenching strikes and hard fast runs putting it high on the list of most “Poppinmad” anglers when heading to the reef and islands, but alas this popper fishing is being had in the creeks at the moment too, just on a smaller scale. Instead of 80lb line a much lighter 4-10lb is being used to cast smaller lures also, surface poppers around the 50-80mm size. Casting smaller poppers around the various bridges, the causeway and various rock bars throughout Ross River is seeing consistent action. Try using a constant popping retrieve with only smaller pauses timed in. An ideal time is when the tide has the majority of current flow this generally concentrates the bait to certain back eddies and therefore being a better time to be fishing. The main species being caught are queenfish, trevally and also a few thumping mangrove jacks which are a very welcome surprise.

Many anglers enjoy lure fishing in the estuaries and those still casting have been reporting some good catches of mangrove jacks, blue salmon, flathead and fingermark. A lure that works for all of these species well is the Transam when cast and retrieved over underwater rock bars and sunken structure. As is generally the case this time of the year, barramundi are an incidental by-catch for those casting lures in the estuary for mangrove jacks. If this does happen practice proper catch and release techniques by minimising handling of the fish and not removing them from the water. Using barbless hooks and having a good pair of long nose pliers make the task much easier. Consistent reports of crabs are still flowing in with nice bucks being caught. A limit of four crab pots per person applies and legal crabs have to be a minimum of 15cm across the carapace and males. A bag limit of 10 crabs per person also applies in your possession.

Windy conditions haven’t allowed for offshore fishing with only a few inshore species being targeted. Plenty of smaller nannygai have been around inshore with a few just nudging over the legal 40cm mark. West point and behind Magnetic Island are popular areas also out towards Rattlesnake Island see good captures of various species. The shipping channel has produced some nice size queenfish and trevally both hard fighting and are usually around in numbers. Metal slices work great when both trevally and queenfish are around with the strikes coming just before the lure comes to the rod tip. With the winds proving unkind now is a great time to check your gear by dropping rods and reels in which are due for a service and R n R.

Note of Interest to offshore anglers: Fisheries Minister, The Honourable Craig Wallace issued a Ministerial Media Statement on Friday November 11, 2011. No more pectoral fin removal for recreational fishers Recreational fishers will no longer be required to remove the pectoral fin from coral reef fin fish and Spanish mackerel from today following changes to Queensland fishing rules. Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace said the requirement for recreational fishers to remove the pectoral fin was no longer considered necessary. “We had the rule in place to help prevent illegal marketing of coral reef fin fish and Spanish mackerel,” Mr Wallace said. “By requiring recreational fishers to remove the pectoral fin, we were seeking to identify people who were selling the whole fish without a commercial licence. “Illegal or black marketing is a significant threat to the economic viability of the commercial fishing industry, and it is imperative we continue to target such activity. “However, we found that the rule to remove the pectoral fin did not help prevent illegal marketing and by removing it we are reducing the regulatory burden on recreational fishers. “The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol have a number of ways for targeting illegal marketing including onsite inspections of seafood wholesalers. “The public can also help by reporting suspected illegal fishing activities to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.” For further information on fishing rules, visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au

Throwing smaller poppers around after a bit of sports fishing targeting trevally and queenfish is a great option to get through a few hours. Starting fishing around the start of the low tide and going until high tide should see some action. Tide Times Full Moon: 11th November 2011

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