Report Tuesday 1 May 07

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Report Tuesday 1 May 07

Post by Brad » Tue May 01, 2007 12:52 pm

The water has really cleaned up lately as a result of the calmer weather conditions. The Northern beaches and Pallarenda Beach have been fishing quite well with whiting and flathead making up a good proportion of the catches. There have also been some nice trevally and Queenfish caught around the rock pool, the mariner rock walls and the quarantine jetty at the far end of Pallarenda beach. Boundary road on the incoming tide has also being producing some good trevally and barracuda on soft plastics making for a heap of fun on light gear.
Hinchinbrook channel is on fire at the moment with reports of good catches of Barra and Salmon coming in regularly. It looks like it might be a great year up that way, its amazing what a bit of rain will do. The Haughton is also fishing quite well at the moment with good reports of Barra, grunter and whiting. There has been some exceptional whiting caught lately at the mouth of Sandfly creek. Reports of quality crabs have just keep rolling in with the Haughton, Crocy and Alligator all producing crabs. Further south the crabs have been thick around the Burdekin River and Groper creek area. Also something to consider is as the temperature starting to drop the crocs will start to come out of the water more to warm up so remember to give them a wide berth as there are quite a lot cheeky ones around at the moment and its best to play it safe.
We have had some great conditions on the water recently and this weekend looks even better. In fact the weather patterns are starting to look very promising for a great winter on the water. There have been plenty of reports of red emperor, nannygai and Spanish mackerel around many of the shoals recently. A few Small Black Marlin and the odd Sailfish have started to show up already around the northern bait school grounds which suggest there might be an early run this year. Out from cattle and crystal creeks there has been some big schools of long tail tuna with 100mm squidgy slick rigs in the drop bear colour accounting for quite a few. The spearos have been enjoying the good conditions also with the water clarity be quite good. West point and the Palm Island Group have been producing some nice painted crayfish and in particular some monster bar-check trout recently. The Spanish mackerel may have turned up early this year with good reports of fish getting caught in close off Alva Beach while Cape Upstart and the rocky headlands should be producing quality fish also. Trolled garfish and wolf hearing often work the best but if you can’t get your hands on them try trolling good size slimy mackerel. However if bait isn’t your preferred method try using the Halco Laser Pro 190 in the Red with black strips they are red hot on mackerel.
Cape Cleveland continues to produce quality grunter and fingermark, with some good catches of these species reported last weekend. The key to these species is good quality bait. The rocky headlands in and around Cape Cleveland and magnetic Island has been producing some very nice barra on lures in the last couple of days.
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