Weekly Report 10 Oct 07

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Weekly Report 10 Oct 07

Post by Brad » Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:44 pm

We're still in the midst of the first 9 day reef closure, so no point talking about reefies this week. Those fortunate enough to be able to chase a fish mid-week will be out hunting mackerel. The word is that there are big schools of doggie macks to the north of Yeppoon, mized up with reasonable numbers of Spotties. They have been pretty finicky though, especially on bait. Trolling spoons seems to be the best tactic right at the moment. There are problems with educated pods of dolphins in some locations knocking off almost every hooked fish. There is no solution to this problem other than motor away and try somewhere else.

There have also been reports of big Spanos around Flat and Perforated Islands and Conical Rocks closer to home. However there is also a school of hungry sharks shadowing the fish around Conical and most hooked fish are not getting to the boat. Looks like we're still in the grip of nor-westerlies for a while yet and these winds are not helpful to say the least. A few blokes who tried around Port Alma came home empty recently. They tried for a feed of crabs and found them very few and far between too. Local estuaries have been producing a few decent flathead still, but whiting schools have been hard to locate. There are only a couple of weeks left to catch a barra before the three month closure, so best you put in some time now. I can't recommend anywhere in saltwater to target, because the river is still very dirty and the harsh reality is the population is at a very low level due to the prolonged drought and poor natural recruitment over the past decade.

If you really want to tangle with a barra, head to Awoonga Dam and fish the freshwater. They have come on the bite after winter in the last couple of weeks and plenty of fish over the magic metre are being caught. Trollling is working best currently.
Go get 'em.

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