Report 22/2/18

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Report 22/2/18

Post by subeditor » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:40 am

Finally some good weather over the past week and we have had some fantastic reports! The crabs have been running really well of late and I would imagine the next couple of moons would be well worth throwing the next for the annual prawn run. There has been some good reports of mangrove jacks in the southern systems like the Haughton. Also Hinchinbrook waters have cleared up enough to cast the drains and snags and the jacks have been around in reasonable numbers and taking a liking to most surface offerings. Closer to home there has been some good barra caught in Ross River and Ross creek particularly around the bridges and rock walls. Trolling these areas is still one of the most productive methods.
Maya had a great day fishing the Barratta’s landing this nice silver Jew.
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Tyson caught his first fish while fishing the mouth of the Bohle River with his dad Mitch.

Some great weather day and night saw many boats hit inshore local haunts for fingermark. They seemed to be well and truly on the chew with some great catches coming from Cape Cleveland and Halifax Bay. At night live squid are pretty hard to beat, and during the day artificials work really well. There were also a fair few good size bar cheek trout caught from inshore areas as well and are always a welcomed catch. One report saw some good size grey mackerel up to 90cm caught of the shipping channel pylons, a very interesting catch this time of year!
Sherriff has been having a ball lately fishing Ross River with success catching quality Barra like this.
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Very mixed reports from out at the reef recently, with many having to move locations many times to find reasonable fish. The reefs off Lucinda fished really well with the deeper shoals and isolated lumps and bumps producing some really good red emperor and large mouth nannygai up to 10kg. A great way to fish the deeper water is to try using metal jigs. Now there are many varieties and all work differently so ask the guys instore about what will suit you best. But make sure you check out the new Sea Falcon Swimming squid, they are super compact and rigged with heavy assist hooks and cord and also come with a heavier set of hooks and cord as well! Further south the fishing seemed to get harder with some boats doing a lot of miles for no reward. Those venturing out towards the shelf trolling hard bodied lures had no trouble finding big wahoo and yellowfin tuna, with the only trouble being able to stay connected to them.
Local diver Matty Anscomb with a decent Tusky he got from Cape Cleveland recently.
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New to our Weekly Fishing report the Dive Report thanks to our resident Spero Cameron.

This week local Spearo’s have found inshore conditions challenging to say the least, with most divers opting to head out to the reef in search of better visibility.
Those divers who did the hard yards and managed find small pockets of visibility in and around local headlands were rewarded with target species of Barramundi and Tuskys. Solid numbers of Crayfish have been reported coming from the usual spots around Halifax Bay for those willing to put in the time and work for them.
Common species such as Coral Trout and Red Throat emperor have been the norm on our local reefs with a couple divers reporting good numbers of Red Emperor in a bit deeper water.
If you’re heading out for a dive this weekend remembers as always, spear safe and look after one another, and don’t take more than you need.

Danny, Milesy, Cam & the Tackle World Team
Tackle World Townsville (07 4725 1266)
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