Weekly Report 16 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 16 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:26 pm

Localised flooding from the recent big rains has put a dampener on fishing in some of our local creeks and rivers and changed the scene for inshore waters. Whilst estuary fishos may have a tough time of it for a while until salinity levels mprove, we are potentially in for a bumper season ahead, particularly for prawns and the larger river dwellers like salmon and barra. The Burrum system is running fresh, and as water is still flowing over the spillway at Lenthalls Dam, it could be a couple of weeks before this system returns to a fishable state (unless you like catching catfish). The Mary/Susan system is also flooding. Any fishing effort in the immediate future would be best concentrated in the more saline waters of the straits.

Getting away from all the freshwater and heading up the bay is a better option at present. There are heaps of spotted mackerel scattered throughout Platypus Bay. Just remember if chasing spotties that you need sunshine. They generally don't feed on the surface on cloudy/rainy days. Plenty of mack tuna can be found throughout the bay. A few small schools of longtail tuna can be found in the vicinity of Rooneys. Shallow inshore reefs such as those surrounding Pt Vernon and Woody Island will be affected by the freshwater run off. Targeting deeper reefs locally will be a better option until the inshore waters clear up a bit.

Weather permitting, this is a good time of year to head up to the gutters area between Bundy and Rooneys. Reports from a small number of fishos that have been up there over recent weeks suggest that it is worth the trip. Coral trout are taking live baits on the southern gutters, where you will also find hussar, cod, tuskfish and sweetlip. Further north, there have been a few red emperor caught, together with larger sweetlip, trout and even a few snapper. Broad-barred mackerel and the odd school mackerel have been taken from the Urangan pier this week. Giant trevally are there for those anglers with heavy tackle.

A handful of pencil squid are being caught during the clearer high tide at night or very early in the morning, though numbers are minimal and so far are hardly worth the effort. These squid can turn up en-masse when water conditions are favourable (and they are a bit overdue), so head out for a look when the water starts to clear up. Building tides towards the full moon next week should see whiting hitting local beaches. This is a good time of year to get into chasing whiting on poppers as the jelly prawns are flushed out ofthe flooding rivers. 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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