Weekly Report 5 Oct 11

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Weekly Report 5 Oct 11

Post by Brad » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:44 pm

The kids are back at school, so things can get back to normal again. The second week of the holidays wasn't as good as the first week, but it would have been a miracle to get two consecutive weeks of magic weather. The mackerel slowed down and most parties found them hard to tempt. The wind turned around and came from the dreaded west towards the end of the week and everything shut down accordingly. Interestingly, the annual Trichodesmium bloom (called reef scum locally) is late this year, but suddenly appeared literally overnight. The strong westerlies seem to have blown it offshore at the moment, but once the north-easterlies return, so will the algae. Unless the algae rafts get really thick, it doesn't seem to adversely affect fish too much.

Even though the Rocky Barra Bounty tagged over 1200 barra in the Fitzroy River, they kept biting in days after the event. It did get slower over the big dark moon tides of course, but I'd expect to see things fire back up this week over the quarter moon. The barra are biting right throughout the system, taking hard bodies and plastics, but most are just undersize, so be sure to carefully measure any fish that look close to the 58cm legal size. Also please return info from any tagged you fish catch - ring the 1800 number on the yellow tag and report where you caught it, and how long it was.

This warm weather should see the water around the Keppels start to increase slowly. That should see catches start to improve too. The Coral trout should shake off their overcoats and start biting again. Wide offshore will continue to fire for big reefies and spanos as it does this time of year.

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