Weekly Report 19 Dec 12

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Weekly Report 19 Dec 12

Post by Brad » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:24 pm

From all of us at Tackle World Townsville we would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year we really appreciate it and hope you all have a Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Hope to hear about all the great fishing trips in coming weeks and make sure you send us a few photos of your captures.

Land based spots like the rock walls around the strand have been fishing quite well with the bigger tides pushing cleaner water in and around the rocky out crops and it’s these areas that have been producing some nice jacks and cod of late. The beaches and sand gutters have been working well as the tide drops out with many a flathead willing to take soft plastics and shallow diving minnow lures. The best baits in this situation seem to be small live gar if you can get them or the humble pilchard rigged with as little weight as possible to allow for it to drift around in the current but enough to get it to hit the bottom every now and then.

With very little rain in recent weeks the creeks and rivers have remained relatively clean making for conditions ideal for both fingermark and mangrove jack. The fingermark reports have been quite good lately with some nice fish being caught around the creek mouths on live green back herring and jigged soft plastics and vibe style lures. The mangrove jacks have been smashing smallish lures and soft plastics like the koolabung livebaits and DOA shrimp. Jacks tend to sit in different structure or locations on a snag to Barra. Concentrate on the tree roots and denser foliage snags and also the back of the structure rather than the front you will definitely find more jacks and with the Barra closure currently in place if you accidently hook one release it in the water beside the boat if possible.

Offshore the fishing has been good with plenty of coral trout reported and some quality red throat emperor filling iceboxes while the deeper shoal areas have been fishing well for large reds. Closer to home around the islands the bigger tides have been stirring up the Giant Trevally and mackerel with larger poppers like my favourite the Blackjack Cubera 125s and 150s working a treat on the bigger GTs. While the mackerel numbers have slowed it is surprising just how many are still getting caught and the Dogtooth Soft Plastic Wolf Herring have well and truly accounted for its fair share of mackerel this year.

Last but not least it is still worth while dropping in a few crab pots with reports of quality crabs still holding up this week which is great news for a good feed of muddies for Christmas dinner.

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