Weekly Report 26 Nov 11

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Weekly Report 26 Nov 11

Post by Brad » Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:22 pm

There is still some great land based angling to be had with all systems on the go of late. In particular the fresh water sooty grunter and jungle perch fishing has been quite impressive. Healthy numbers of sooty grunter are being prominent with some fishermen even managing to get two fish on the one lure! A system where you are catching sootys will often hold jungle perch but cast near any running water as this is one of the junglys favourite spots to lie in wait. If you are planning to keep a few for the fire keep in mind sooty grunter have a size limit of 28cm and a bag limit of 10. The saltwater creeks have still been consistent in producing some nice mangrove jacks. Fishing on the change of the tide has been the better time with a few bites managed and the action coming thick and fast for only a short amount of time. Being prepared and having pliers at the ready allow for quick releases and your lure of bait back in the action straight away. As mentioned before the various bridges throughout Ross creek are a great starting point.

With many different species now on offer targeting certain fish is proving successful. The fingermark have well and truly made their presence felt as consistent catches are coming from both the creek systems and headlands. In the creeks and rivers the average size has been between 40 - 55cm an ideal eating size. Lures such as the bigger Koolabung blade and trolling deeper minnows like the Bolt Omega are worth using. The deeper holes have been turning up king salmon as well with some oversize models being caught measuring well into triple digits. On the bait fishing scene consistent catches of grunter at proven sand flats is entertaining many. Fresh gar slab baits is a favourite with yabbies and peeled prawn a close second. Placed on a 3/0 bait holder hook and depending on where you are fishing will determine the sinker weight which is needed. Generally a size 2-3 bean sinker will do.

Reasonable conditions on the forecast for this weekend should see the eager boat owners setting the alarm clock earlier than usual and heading out chasing a few fish. Magnetic Island has been alive with baitfish at the moment and anglers throwing poppers and quickly retrieved metal slices are seeing hook-ups on trevally, mackerel and large queenfish. Working surface lures slower and casting soft plastics is enticing a bit more variety in the form of cod, sweetlips, long nose emperor, coral trout fingermark and mangrove jacks. Offshore the shoals and rubble ground between reefs are turning up red emperor and large mouth nannygai with the humble squid bait always a winner. Although not necessarily considered a good time of year for mackerel anglers trolling through isolated bait schools and across current lines are still managing to pick up Spanish mackerel. In particular if a school of tuna are seen busting up trolling a gar or diving minnow around the edges of the school can often see a mackerel being caught.

The weather conditions should allow some offshore and bay fishing targeting various pelagic species whilst also fishing the bottom for red fish. It is well worth trolling a few hard bodied lures through isolated bait schools for the chance at a mackerel too. Tide Times New Moon: 25th November 2011

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