Report 6/9/19

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Report 6/9/19

Post by subeditor » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:52 pm

Hi everyone what a week we have been having with excellent conditions to get offshore and at this stage it looks like it should continue for at least a day or two more.

The weirs are fishing ok with some nice barra being caught in recent times on large swimbaits worked slowly over the returning weed patches. The sooty grunter have fired up in recent weeks with good sessions reported from Keel Bottom to the freshwater reaches of the Herbert.

Creeks, Rivers & Beaches
The local creeks and rivers have been fishing well lately with good numbers of bream in most of the systems with the odd quality grunter being caught also in the same areas. Blue salmon seem to be around in good numbers also with fish schooling up in the deeper holes on the bends of the creeks and rivers. Soft Vibes are working well jigged in these areas.
The barra have been good this year and it looks like we should be in for a good few months as things start to warm up. At the moment most of the better catches are coming from those guys fishing the shallows with heaps of fish working the shallows over the flats and around the mouths of mud drains. There has been quite a lot of jelly prawn in the gutters lately and these areas are prime locations to chase barra.
The Hinchinbrook Channel and the Haughton seem to the be pick of the systems at the moment and many of the lure guys are reporting good sessions in skinny water, once again find the bait on a bank and work the area as there will be fish somewhere in the area.
The beaches have been producing a few whiting and the best time is the size of the fish has been very good. Beaches to the north of Townsville have been producing some nice flathead in recent weeks with soft plastics and strip mullet baits accounting for some nice flathead on the falling tide. The anglers following the tide out are finding good fish.
Isla caught this nice flathead on a Zerek lure she won on this segment a month ago.
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Hadley caught his first legal fish all on his own this nice flathead while fishing in the Burdekin.
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Offshore & Bay
Over the last few days there have been good reports of red emperor and nannygai on the shoals, while the coral trout in the deeper water around the 30m mark are also playing the game which is great to hear. There also has been some good report of solid spotted mackerels mixed in with the Spanish mackerel on the shoals.
Finally the mackerel numbers seem to be on the improve around the Palms and my favourite when it comes to the dinner table there has been some very nice grunter being caught in recent days with fish up around the 70cm mark being caught lately which is a cracker of a grunter in anyone’s books.
Aiden had a great day out on the bay recently catching this nice Grassy Sweetlip.
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The opportunities are endless with this current weather forecast there has already been an abundance of dive reports come in this week with a few cheeky spearo’s blowing a day to head out. The reefs are firing with crystal clean water and an abundance of BIG coral trout. Inshore and around the northern islands the Macks are schooled up in big numbers, find the bait = finding fish. Out wide has been an option but with no decent reports we might be still waiting a few more weeks for the warmer water before the big pelagic really fire up.
Remember if you are going out dive safe and never take more than you need.

Danny & the Tackle World Team
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