Weekly Report 14 Oct 10

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Weekly Report 14 Oct 10

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:37 pm

Wild weather over the past week has kept local anglers off the water. The weather for this coming weekend looks promising, so no doubt plenty of frustrated fishos will be hitting the water. We should think ourselves lucky that we didn't get the deluges that they experienced further down the coast, as an unseasonal flood would have potentially destroyed what is possibly the best estuary fishing time of our year. Before the latest blow, excellent quality mangrove jack were smashing lures in local creek systems. The smaller tides over the next few days will be very conducive to jack fishing in the Burrum system, where you would be a real chance of tangling with a barra or queenfish as well.

The Mary/Susan system was just starting to get exciting for large threadfin salmon, so if heading down that way, try livies or small prawn imitations around the mouths of creeks or drains on the receding tide. Deeper holes in the Susan and lower Mary have been holding salmon, jew, cod and grunter, and barra are a good chance for those in the know. Flathead and whiting should also be found in the lower reaches of the big rivers and also down the straits. Mackerel, salmon, grunter and a few reefies such as cod and blackall are likely in the straits this time of year.

The terrific run of school mackerel we have been experiencing should certainly continue. Broad-barred mackerel and a few bigger Spanish have joined the schoolies in some areas. Try the fairway, the grounds off Toogoom, Gatakers, out from the Burrum or reefs like Maringa, Coongul, Sammies or Mickies. In fact, the way the macks have been, you'd be doing well to head out and NOT find any. The shallow reefs like Gatakers - Pt Vernon, the reefs fringing Woody Island and others have recently started to produce a few reef fish as is typical this time of year. Fish such as grass sweetlip, blackall, estuary cod and the odd coral trout can be found over these reefs for the next couple of months. Bigger tides often produce a better bite, but in any case head out very early as they tend to get spooky when the sun is high in the sky. A few die-hards braved the recent gale conditions to fish the Urangan Pier where they found mostly school mackerel on the chew. A few decent flathead and a feed of whiting have been reported from the first channel, as well as a few large garfish. Whiting and the odd flathead have also been caught from the Shelley Beach area, though expect the whiting to get a bit scarce as the wind and tide drop away.

Results from the recent Monduran Family Fishing Comp may not have been encouraging, but surely this can be put down to the awful weather at the time. Experienced anglers fishing the lake recently have found it tough, but are raising enough fish to keep things interesting. This is a great time of year to head up to the lake, just pick a time to go with sunny warm days and a prevailing breeze (preferably northerly) for a few days in a row. 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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