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Report Mon 16th Oct 06

Post by Brad » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:04 am

I'm sure every area report this week will remind fishers that reef fish are currently off the menu due to the first of this year's nine day spawning closures, so no point talking about that sort of fishing this report.

This Sunday sees the dark moon, but interestingly, the tides aren't as large as you'd normally expect. The morning high tides will barely make 4 metres and the evening ones are tiny. So at least the estuaries will be very fishable.

It looks like another blowy week coming through, so water temperatures are going to remain unseasonably low I suspect. That means that barra aren't going to be too willing to take a lure, and even bait probably won't produce great results either.

Last weekend's Rocky Barra Bounty was the quietest ever, fish wise, with only 64 barra being tagged for the entire two days. That number would normally be caught on each day of the event.

The water temperature of 20-21 degrees C in the Fitzroy River is just way too cold for your average barra to get excited. Even the offshore water temperature around the Keppels has risen to nearly 24 degrees C.

One benefit of the cooler water is that the blue threadfin are hanging around. Quite e few were caught during the Barra Bounty, as well as some excellent quality king threadfin, so maybe they are the go rather than barra at the moment.

Corio Bay should have some schools of whiting in there by now and I'd be looking around the areas like 3rd Gutter and Green Slopes.

Coorooman Creek will have some grunter of reasonable size in the mid reaches and a few fingermark are beginning to come out of winter hibernation.

Mackerel are still okay to target during the reef closures, but the water inshore is extremely dirty due to a combination of the recent strong winds and very thick rafts of algae (Trichodesmium). The extended forecast maps don't look at all promising, so unless you can get out to the Keppels at least, it will be a waste of time chasing macks by the look of it.

No reports of mud cabs yet, which is also probably due to the low water temperatures and lack of rain.

Keep your rods bent though.

Kim Martin

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