Weekly Report 19 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 19 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:03 pm

Some awesome weather this week has seen plenty of local anglers out on the water. Reports have been mixed, with many chasing reef fish doing it pretty tough, whilst those who sought estuary species faired much better. Both mud crabs and sand crabs have been caught in surprisingly good numbers lately for this time of year. You would normally expect the crabs to be a bit lethargic in winter, but experienced locals and visitors alike have enjoyed good catches. The rain last week has stirred them up even more, so drop a few pots in if fishing the rivers or the straits.

Some excellent quality sand whiting are being caught in the creeks off the straits, and from the adjacent banks and channels. A bit of colour in the water from recent rain has helped to bring them on the bite. Whiting will be an even better target over the bigger tides coming up to the full moon next week. Flathead are absolutely prolific at present, and are an easy option for anyone flicking soft plastics around creek mouths and drains on the run out tide. Again, the upcoming bigger tides nearer the full moon will be very productive for chasing flatties.

We would expect a few jewfish to be caught over the next week or so with the full moon in August being a great time to target them. Likely spots include River Heads, Beaver Rock, Ungowa, and deeper holes holding bait in the lower reaches of the Susan or Little Susan. Jewies are best targeted at night with live bait, fresh squid or paddle-tailed soft plastics, though they will take a range of lures worked slowly over the slack of the tide. Reports from local guide, Bargy, suggest snapper and big golden trevally are the main contenders for anyone heading up the island to the Wathumba area. Whilst snapper numbers haven't been brilliant in Platypus Bay this year (likely due to the water temperature not dropping low enough) the quality caught on deep-jigged soft plastics has made the trip worthwhile for many. There haven't been any tuna in that area of late.

A few locals have caught snapper off the Arti, from the reefs wide off the Burrum and from the Rooneys area lately. Estuary cod are taking live baits in the same areas over the slack of the tide. Expect Rooneys and the Fathom Hole to be good producers of snapper, scarlets, reef jack and other mixed reef fish over coming months.The Arch Cliffs 6 mile is again holding large quantities of bait, but no reports of any snapper. Small tailor, bonito and small mackerel seem to be the main candidates from that area. A few large longtail tuna up to 20kg have been caught over the past week from both the 6 mile and the Fairway on deep-set live baits. School mackerel continue to grow in numbers locally, with the majority still coming from offshore of the Burrum. A few can be found around the beacons, though not in big numbers. For the latest on what's biting and for all the gear and tips on
how to catch them, drop in and see the guys at Fishermans Corner.

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