Weekly Report 23 Jan 14

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Weekly Report 23 Jan 14

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:21 pm

There has been some cracker queenfish caught in recent weeks off the beaches with Pallarenda a hot spot and this weekend looks ideal for chasing a few on both bait and lures. The high tides early morning are perfect and with the winds looking like dropping out in the mornings also it seems to be the perfect time to soak a few live gar or cast a few poppers around the rocks at the end of Pallarenda Beach or any other beach that holds garfish schools.

The creeks and rivers have been very hot so once again the early mornings and late afternoons seems to be the best times to fish these areas with good reports of mangrove jacks on lures and soft plastics. Also some reports of smaller fingermark around the deeper holes and mouths of the systems with green back herring the pick of the baits. Reports from the Hinchinbrook have also been good in recent weeks with quality fingermark willing to take live baits also however mullet seems to be the go to baits in this area. The changes in the tides seem to be the peak bite times also before the tidal run picks up too much.

As we head towards the new moon on 31st there should be plenty of opportunity to chase a few fingermark in the bay with reports last month around this time in the lunar phase producing some exceptional catches of fingermark at night on live squid. The same locations will produce fish throughout the daylight hours but soft plastics seem to be the way to entice these great fish during these times. There has also been a few largemouth nannygai in the bay with fish around the 45 to 50cm mark schooled up in various locations throughout Halifax bay.

These areas are also holding schools of small doggie mackerel so do be prepared for the odd bite off. Offshore the reports seem to be focused around the nannygai with plenty of small mouth on the shoals and a few quality largemouths amongst them. The coral trout were a little slow last weekend but there were some patchy reports of red throat emperor.

With the high tide in the morning and the calm conditions at this time also any of the rocky out crops around Magnetic Island and the Capes like Cleveland and Upstart should produce some great queenfish action on poppers or live baits.

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