Weekly Report 27 Jul 12

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Weekly Report 27 Jul 12

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:44 pm

The gusty southerly winds finally abated on Thursday and presented a rare opportunity for the boaties to head out and try the deeper reefs for snapper. Unfortunately I had other business to attend to so will try and head out on Friday. The snapper should be well and truly spread throughout the bay by now and with the lack of pressure from the fisherman, should be very willing to take bait or lure. Small schools of mackerel should also be found wherever the bait fish are gathered. Indications are that the better fish are congregating around the bait schools so locating them is a priority.

With the recent weather there have not been many reports even from the estuaries. Bream still appear to be the predominant species being caught. Good reports are coming in that the better sizes are being caught in the straits area as the major rivers are still running a good deal of fresh. Burley will help to concentrate them where you are fishing and a slab of fresh mullet or half a pilchard are the preferred baits. The schools of tailor are still reported to be moving throughout the Bay from Burrum Heads to River Heads and south into the straits. Floating pilchard on ganged hooks is one of the better ways to catch this fish but when they are hungry and attacking a bait school, you can use silver spinners in the size nearest the size of the bait. They can be fun during this time but remember the 35cm limit and only take what you need as they are not a good freezing option.

The major news in the Bay area is the arrival of the first whales. The whale watching fleet is well and truly in business transporting people out to see them. If you can’t get a rod in the water this weekend, why not take the family on a trip to see the whales? Hopefully the weather will hold off for a few more days and I will have some good reports for next weekend. Until next week, John

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