Report 26/9/19

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Report 26/9/19

Post by subeditor » Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:12 pm

Hi everyone it looks like the winds could drop down around the 10 knots this weekend and with the lead up to the new moon on Sunday it looks like a great weekend to wet a line.

The new moon should get the Barra in the impoundments interested so this weekend the weirs caught fire with peak bites times likely to be late afternoon early morning. Stick baits and paddle tail soft plastics worked very slowly have been producing the goods in recent days. Make sure you have a SIP’s Permit if you are fishing the weirs in Ross River.

Creeks, Rivers & Beaches
The tides are quite big this weekend so there is likely to be a lot of run. An hour or so either side of the changes on big tides can be very productive particularly on the bends where they tend to become unfishable once the tide starts to crank up. The reports have been good lately with some very nice grunter into the 60s being caught up most of the creeks and rivers around Townsville. The Jacks have also continued to terrorise lures and soft plastics with the Hinchinbrook Channel really firing in recent weeks. There have been reports of plenty of quality jacks working mud banks on the falling tides feeding on jelly prawns. The shallow diving Jackson snubby has been a real jack catcher in these areas and well work having one in your tackle box if you don’t already have one. The barra reports are on the improve and it looks like they will only get better as we head into October. There has also been some good report of fingermark being caught in many of the deeper creeks and rivers running into Bowling Green bay with fish around the 50cm mark showing up in recent weeks. These guys love greenback herring, so if you can find a patch for bait you have a good chance of landing a few fingermark around the mouths of these systems.
Young Lincoln caught his first fish this cod on a recent trip down Ross River love to see he brought his own bug baits.
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Offshore & Bay
The tides look ideal for fishing the flats and rocky bays throughout Cleveland Bay with good reports of Barra being caught in these areas on the larger tides. The new moon also should produce some nice fingermark, if you can catch some live squid there are sure to be some nice fingermark to be found around Cape Cleveland. The tides on the lead up to the new moon is also a great time to chase grunter with areas like Red Rock Bay inside Cape Cleveland, Horseshoe Bay on Maggie and Cape Bowling Green all great options this time of year.
Jeff has been at it again fishing one of his secret spots the mouth of the Gordon landing this very nice grunter.
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There was heaps of grey mackerel around last week so would expect them to still be around most of the usual spots throughout Halifax Bay this weekend. Remember to match the hatch with these guys and your day will be a very productive one.
The Spanish mackerel should be around in good numbers on these tides with the rocky headlands of Cape Cleveland, Cape Upstart and the Palm Islands idea spots to chase these fish. Wolf herring are a must in these areas with the bigger Mack’s often coming unstuck by a slowly swam wolf herring.
The shoals and reef itself should also fish well this weekend with big tides and the old saying “No Run No Fun” being very true this weekend with heaps of run there should be plenty of fun.
James had a great day on the water landing his first Bar-Cheek Trout to date of which I am sure there are plenty more to come.
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Plenty of time to sort your gear this week with unfavorable conditions locally keeping most divers land locked, thankfully the weekend and into early next week are looking better and should enable most of us to get out. The reefs will be the best option with visibility likely to be an issue inshore after the rough weather and big tides. Tackle World is having a HUGE sale this weekend with UP to 50% off make sure you drop by and get yourself sorted with prices like this. Remember if you are going out dive safe and never take more than you need.

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