Weekly Report 20 Sep 12

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Weekly Report 20 Sep 12

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:48 pm

It has been all systems go lately with some great catches coming from both freshwater and saltwater areas accessible on foot. The rock wall and rock pool have been turning up consistent catches of Barra along with other species including cod and some really nice trevally. There has been a definite swing towards a better bite on the run out to the bottom of the low tide, so getting down at this time should see some action. Using live bait at the rock wall is a successful method to score a few fish and often the larger fish will strike a well presented live bait over a lure, simply because it’s the real thing! The Ross River in the freshwater has been very active with some catches of monster Barra being the draw card for anglers to head down in the morning and afternoon and cast around some lures. When the sun is setting surface lures such as the Cultiva Tango Dancer and the Koolabung Herring Fizzers are good options when worked around lily pads and weed edges. The larger Barra in the freshwater sections of the Ross River are not great eating and this makes them best for catch and release.

The weather has heated up and the Barra are on the bite with the creeks and rivers fishing great for Barra along with other species as well. Casting into the snags and along rocky areas is seeing some good action with the fish being quite aggressive smacking lures with plenty of gusto. Try tying on a lure with a more vibrant colour with whites, pinks and chartreuse can draw these aggressive bites and this will result in a better overall hook up. To the north of Townsville the Hinchinbrook channel has been producing some nice fish when anglers have been focusing their efforts in creek systems holding good amounts of bait and suitable structure. With the endless options available in areas to fish in the Hinchinbrook if you find an area with plenty of bait around stay on it and keep casting as you will find at a certain stage of the tide it will start to happen. There have also been some nice catches of finger mark landed in the creeks and around the deeper parts of the Hinchinbrook channel. Live herring and scented soft plastics such as the gulp squid vicious are great options when targeting finger mark.

Some exceptional weather has kept offshore fishermen busy with the reef fishing on fire at the moment. A species that has been on the bite is the popular coral trout with inshore reefs all the way out to deeper reefs producing the goods. Water depth of about 30m with good structure has showed the best results with good scores landed and bag limits reached along with other species including red throat emperor. In the deeper water the red emperor have been sorting out anglers also with large slab baits getting monstered by some massive fish pushing into the double digit weight range. Good numbers of nannygai have been found as well and these have been caught in the shallower water throughout the shoals. Steady reports of Spanish mackerel out on the reefs are coming in and fishing around areas with increased current flow has seen better catches. Trolling diving minnows is a simple and effective technique to stir up some mackerel action.

With the weather looking great for this weekend heading out fishing the reefs for a few nice coral trout should prove successful alternatively trolling a few lures for a mackerel is a another top option.

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