Weekly Report 17 May 12

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Weekly Report 17 May 12

Post by Brad » Thu May 17, 2012 6:38 pm

This time of year is some of the most enjoyable times to be land based fishing around Townsville with clear water and ideal conditions. The cooler weather conditions produce a lot more bait on the rock walls encouraging the feeding of many species including Barra, jacks, tarpon, salmon, trevally and the list goes on. The variety that can be caught now is amazing with just about every hungry fish cruising along the rock walls looking for a feed. Generally a lot of the bait around is smaller prawn and herring and using smaller lures will get you much more success. I find the DOA Terror Eyez, the Strada HS Tracka 70 and Sigura 80 to be ideal lures for casting around the rocks. Fishing the break walls also requires correct timing with sunrise and sunset matched with a high tide proving to be ideal as the high tide gives both the bait and predators ample places to hide. On the flip side the weirs are still producing a few nice barramundi with the more persistent anglers seeing the better results. Again with ideal timing the afternoon has turned up a better bite with most of the fish responding best to slow rolled soft plastics paddle tails. A newer plastic that is working well is the Wedge Tail Mullet when rigged on a light weight jig head.

From the majority of anglers that headed in the creeks and rivers there was reasonable fishing with a few Barra still getting landed. If you are casting lures try downsizing to about 80mm and in natural colours as the Barra will slow a little and are much more inclined to strike a smaller profile lure. Fishing any fallen trees and submerged snags is producing the best results when using both lures and live baits. There has also been a few nice size whiting getting caught towards the mouths around shallow sand flats and having yabbies or fresh peeled prawn will get you into a few fish. Whilst whiting fishing you have a good chance of landing a few nice flathead, bream and even a couple of grunter which are all ideal sport and table fish. On the crabbing scene there are still a good number of bucks getting caught with not a heap of numbers but most being good size and full.

It seems we are in for another windy week and this doesn’t allow for offshore fishing and can even restrict fishing the bay and headlands. Making sure all your safety gear is up to scratch is recommended whilst also making sure that your fishing gear is all in proper working order. There has still been a few doggie mackerel about around the shipping channel and their numbers will be on the increase with the cooler water. Trolling a few hard bodies around until you catch a mackerel and then dropping the anchor and starting a good berley trail is a very successful method to get a few for the day. In terms of timing the morning is always popular as it is calmer and makes fishing a little more comfortable.

Hitting the creek and throwing in a few baits after a couple of whiting and flathead would be a good option. If you haven’t already heard the Townsville Fishing and Outdoor Expo is on this weekend at Cluden Racecourse and is going to be a great weekend. Come out and check out our set up and grab a expo bargain while you’re there.

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