Weekly Report 24 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 24 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:16 am

The weather has certainly put a dampener on fishing for the Christmas break. At the moment it is very difficult to suggest any fishing options locally given the forecast of more rain, wind and flooding. The Mary river system is currently in full flood and is basically unfishable. The Burrum, Isis, Cherwell and Gregory are fairing only marginally better. Even smaller local streams such as Eli, Beelbi and the numerous creeks of the Great Sandy Straits are all running too fresh or flooding. Anybody daring to venture into these waterways need be very careful of fast flowing waters and debris. Logs and other debris will also be an issue throughout the straits and in the bay for weeks to come.

The water is too dirty at the Urangan Pier for any pelagics, though a few whiting and bream have been caught earlier this week. Whiting along local beaches have been scattered, but still worth a try with the kids. Look for clearer sections of water (Shelley Beach for example) and fish the rising tide with yabbies or worms. Local inshore reefs will see boaties in with a chance of sweetlip, blackall, cod and even grunter that have washed out of the rivers. School and broad-barred mackerel and golden trevally are a chance over reefs off Coongul, Arch Cliffs and around the Fairway Buoy.

When the sun finally comes out and the wind eases, then a run up the island to the area from Wathumba to Rooneys will be worth a look. Most of the spotted mackerel are up that way at present, as are mack tuna and a few longtail tuna. Just wait for the sun to come out so that the spotties will feed on the surface and look for the birds working bait balls, generally where the water is cleanest. Reef fishermen with bigger boats could try the southern gutters when the weather allows. Recent reports included catches of coral trout and cod on livies, red emperor, hussar and sweetlip. Sharks are a big problem along the ledges of the gutters as they are every year at this time due to all the mackerel and tuna in the area.

Regardless of the gloomy weather and limited fishing options for the next week, when things improve we will be in for a very interesting and productive summer season thanks to the big wet. Wishing everybody a safe and merry Christmas and a great new year – from all the guys at Fishermans Corner.

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Re: Weekly Report 24 Dec 10

Post by Jimm8 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:50 pm

what lure do you use?

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