Weekly Report 28 Oct 11

Tim Mulhall
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Weekly Report 28 Oct 11

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:49 am

Targeting Mangrove Jacks
As summer approaches us, the mangrove jacks will start to fire up. Already some big jacks have been caught and this will only get better as we get further into summer. Most of the creeks and rivers around Bundaberg, such as Baffle Creek, and the Kolan and Burnett Rivers have produced some great jack fishing sessions. A few things to look for when targeting jacks is any rock walls, rock bars and any snags/logs sticking out of the water.

With the rock walls the best way to target a jack is by trolling, using deep diving lures to about 20 feet. Make sure you slow troll with the current, as a jack will always feed into the current. Halco Scorpions are firm favourites, casting to the snag (my favourite method). The best way to approach a snag is to sneak up to it as quietly as you can as jacks can be spooked easily. Put in 20-30 casts at each snag as it can take a couple of casts to excite a big jack. A few favourite lures of mine are the Rapala X-Raps and Killa Lure Flatz Rats.

Another way is to fish rock bars in deeper water using Prawnstars and soft plastics. Use a nice, slow retrieve and hang on, as jacks seem to hit a plastic harder than any other lures. So, over the next few months this will be well worth a go. Until next time, Tim Mulhall

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