Report 2/11/18

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Report 2/11/18

Post by subeditor » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:22 am

Hi everyone the Barra closure started yesterday at midday so all the attention will shift to other species like the fingermark and mangrove jacks as we head into the summer months.

Creeks, Rivers & Beaches
The hot muggy days and the potential of a storm can often really fire up the Jacks with small minnow style lure and paddle tail and prawn imitation plastics working best cast right in the heavy timber. This is where a weed-less hook setup can work wonders. The mouths of the creeks and rivers should start to produce some nice fingermark with live greenback herring the go to bait for these fish in the creeks and rivers.
The beaches are still producing some nice queen fish around the tops of the tides with live garfish and poppers working best.
Jacob was casting a few Zerek soft plastics around last weekend when this nice Barra took off with one of them.
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Glen fished the Haughton before the Barra closure landing this metre plus fish it took a large mullet.
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Despite the Barra closure you can still fish the weirs as long as you have a SIP’s permit as these areas are part of the the Queensland Stocked Impoundment Program.

Offshore & Bay
From all reports the fingermark numbers are on the increase with good fish caught recently around the shipping pylons, Cape Cleveland, and throughout Halifax Bay. Jigging vibes and soft plastics throughout the daylight hours seems to be working well while those targeting them at night have been using the humble live squid. With the help of a squid light you can attract them to the boat and using a net or drawstring cast net to scoop up or cast over the school of squid.
These areas have also produced some very nice Island Trout in recent weeks with pilchard baits producing good fish. Offshore the Coral Trout have been biting well with good reports of quality trout in the 20-30m zone.
Harrison was flicking a lure around Cleveland Bay when this nice Golden Trevally smashed it.
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It was a last ditch attempt to spear a barramundi for some (myself included) and the results were mixed. Although some big barramundi were taken it was hard work for most, with the condition proving difficult and the inshore water less than ideal. Fingermark on the other hand were plentiful with numerous vessels reporting solid numbers and big specimens at that.
The closure of the barra season coincides with the early stages of the Bluewater hunting. This year should be a bumper season out wide, the rain events and flooding across the NQ region earlier in the year usually mean the bait fish are more prolific, and where there’s bait….
If you are heading out over the weekend all the best, take care and never take more than you need.

Cheers Cam

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