Weekly Report 10 Feb 12

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Weekly Report 10 Feb 12

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:23 am

Plenty of water big tides and good weather makes this weekend look pretty good we have had a few reports of mackerel at Lisa Jane, and some good reef fish on the shoals, and there is some water between those spots. So let’s look at what’s happening at the moment: fresh coming out of the river, plenty of bait in the bay, so the macky’s should be on the chew in the southern part of Keppel Bay. The other thing we have noticed is the amount of sharks that have been around. Some blokes are driving away from fish because they can’t get one to the boat before a shark gets it. With the larger tides the Keppel’s will fish quite well, we tend to do better on the run in tide as the run out can be a bit harsh. Try some good quality plastics like Z-MAN on the Sweetlip around the islands they love them.

There have been some fish reports of barra being caught in the dam but they were small 500mm models although some bigger fish were spotted on the side image units that most tournament anglers are using today. Only time will tell how long it takes to recover as Awoonga dam is over again. Pikes Crossing is going ok but the fish are smaller and a bit banged up. Callide Dam at Biloela is just starting to fish now and that’s been 4 years in recovery, it is worth a go for sure.

Fresh chocolate milk that’s what it looks like, but when it settles down it will be on. There are better spots to catch a fish at the moment. Read on!

One of the hot spots for this year! There will be a lot of fish in this system over the next year and seasonal species you can expect to encounter are, Barra, Jacks, Trevally, Salmon, Grunter, Queenfish, Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Permit, Steel backs, Crabs, Fingermark and Black Jew. As you can see there are quite a diverse range of fish species that’s why it so important to look.

Fingermark are on the move along with some good Jacks and Grunter this is a great system and does produce some good fishing. Barra have also been going the numbers on the new Hypa heads we fish them with Squidgees as well as Split Belly’s it gives your plastic a whole new movement and gets all the right reactions from fish. Most of the time a slow roll is all that’s required. The other lure that’s hot at the moment is the long awaited Lethal Lure these are a new hand made timer based lure and they are good with capitol G get one on and try them you will catch fish on these they are made for Barra but will cross over to Fingermark and salmon as the Richo’s do.

A huge system, Port Alma is the gateway to the southern end of Keppel Bay and therefore sees a lot of boat traffic, add to that the expansion of the Gladstone area and you can see the picture that is starting to emerge. It is going to get some fishing and boating pressure over the coming years let’s hope they get the science right and don’t stuff up a great system. There is a lot of infra structure to be built in coming years and that along with the dredging will be the hurdles that this area will have to overcome if it is to stay as good as it is now. There are plenty of people who make a living fishing in this area and the flow on effect will be felt far and wide if anything goes wrong fingers crossed. But at the moment the crabs are on the march and the fishing is pretty good Fingermark or golden Snapper if you like are the number one species and they are followed closely by Barra Grunter and Salmon. There’s a bit of fresh around from the storms we have been having lately and the Barra should be going off.

Remember most of the fish are caught while the run through is on. Some good fish have come out of the causeway of late. Barra are on the menu again so get into them. Trevelly, Jack and Grunter have all come from the last set of big tides that ran through so when next it runs give it a go remember no run no fun. The Causeway needs a big tide to run into the lake 3.9 or better.

Over the wall the barra are on the chew taking mostly surface lures at dawn and dusk and the hot, still, balmy afternoons. Look for shallow still water or large stands of timber and eddy;s cast your lures into these areas and sooner or later you will get a heart stopping strike. Shallow slow retrieved lures also work well during the day. Look for shiney silver or gold suspending lures with long pauses and sharp twitches. Toga are also on the prowl taking small surface fly and small surface lures such as the Ecogear px45's and bubble pops. Red claw are also around in massive proportions.

Below the wall where the water may still be running yellowbelly are on offer as well as black bream and eel tail cat fish on bait. Lightly weighted fly sprayed with scent are catching some nice black bream and sleepy cod with the odd yellowbelly coming along. Red claw are also there in big numbers. But after the rain there have also been a million catfish so you will have to contend with these, people tell me that all fish have a place in the system but those things do my head in when you get one every cast. I haven’t found a lure they wouldn’t eat


If you would like an expression of interest form for the Barra Bounty 2012 we would be happy to send you one just drop us a line and we can send one out to you. Last year was such a great success there may not be many if any spots left for next year.

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