Report 11/8/17

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Report 11/8/17

Post by subeditor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:05 pm

Hi everyone it looks like the winds will stay up around the 15 knots this weekend pushing most of the smaller boats into the creeks and rivers. Which isn’t too bad as most of the creeks and rivers have been producing a few fish lately with plenty of big beam willing to take well-presented baits with chicken gut, prawns and fresh mullet slab all working well. The quality of bream has been really good lately with fish around the 1 kg mark not uncommon. The key to a good days fishing when it comes to bream is a good burley trail. A consistent trail of pellets, oil and a little bit of mixed in fish scraps can really make a difference to you days fishing attacking fish from far and wide. Look for areas along the water line of the bank that are likely to hold shells and other living critters that the bream might be feeding on. There has also been some nice grunter in the mouths of many of the creeks running into Bowling Green Bay with reports of fish around the 60cm mark caught using small live garfish and big prawns. Most of the action seems to be around the hour before and after the changing tides as the current just starts to back off on the out-going and just as the current starts to pick up on the in-coming tides. Bowling Green Bay itself has also been producing some nice grunter catches in the last few weeks with squid strips and bottle squid working well in these areas. The beaches are still producing some nice flathead with soft plastics worked slowly over the flats and small drains being very productive lately.
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In the bay and around Maggie there has been a few school mackerel willing to take small minnow lures with the Jackson G-Control minnow working very well. Reports lately suggest West Point seems to be quiet lately with little bait in the area however it is quite the opposite around at Picnic Bay with heaps of herring in and around the jetty resulting in some good catches of Barra and other predatory fish.

Offshore this weekend looks a little lumpy however next week the winds look like dropping out just in time for the Townsville Game Fishing Clubs “Mike Carney Billfish Challenge 2017” which runs from 15th to the 19th of August. With a few fish around in recent weeks it is sure to be a great tournament. Most of the bait seems to be around the Northern Grounds so it is likely most boats will concentrate on this area. Good luck to all those lucky enough to be fishing. The mackerel patches and shark shoal area seems to be producing some of the better Spanish mackerel catches in recent weeks with fish around the 10kg mark happy to take trolled garfish and lures. When it comes to the reef fishing over the last few weeks there has been plenty of fish caught with heaps of reports of red emperor and large mouth nannygai on the shoals and heaps of big trout and red throat emperor happy to stretch the lines of most that have been bottom bashing the reef in recent weeks. The Blue Box Lund’s Californian Squid is back and it is proving very popular, fingers crossed the supply doesn’t dry up this time.
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