Weekly Report 6 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 6 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:21 pm

If this is Spring, then I don't want to know about the coming summer. There are a few Doggie mackerel in the bay, but they are scattered and very skittish. A lot of the fish are just above the minimum legal size of 50cm, with the odd ones better than about 60cm. There are lots of bait schools inshore and working along the coast. Some people are getting a few macks using silver metal lures retrieved quite fast, while anyone using a wire trace or heavy leader with bait are going home empty handed. Tie your gangs straight onto a relatively light (say 10kg) nylon leader and bury the hooks into the bait as much as you can. You will get a few bite-offs, but you'll also get a few mackerel that way.

The bait schools are attracting other pelagics as well, with schools of feeding mack-tuna erupting here and there along with big Bludger trevally. Some spano chasers are also getting a few Watson's bonito for their freezers later in the year too. Some decent flathead were taken from Coorooman Creek and there are few reasonable whiting working the edges of the gutters. The usual reasonable catches of reefies are still coming in from out wide for those with big enough boats to punch the northerlies.

The Fitzroy River is producing the odd decent barra, along with a lot of undersized fish. But it is looking good for this year's Rocky Barra Bounty over the last weekend of October. There are still a few team spots available, so if you want to fish this top shelf event, better get your nomination in ASAP.

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