Report Friday 18 May 07

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Report Friday 18 May 07

Post by Brad » Fri May 18, 2007 7:25 am

There has been some nice whiting caught recently walking the flats around sand fly creek with yabbies and peeled prawn working best. There have also been a few reports of grunter and Queenfish caught from the strand jetty and the duck pond near the Casino has also been producing some great fun on soft plastics and light line with plenty of trevally and tarpon keen to slurp down any small soft plastics cast there way. With the winds dropping this weekend the beaches should clear up bringing the fish in closer. In saying that last weekend as part of the “Rollingstone big weekend Tackleworld fishing competition” despite the 25knots a couple of great barra where weighed in caught on soft plastics around the mouths of a number of the Northern Beaches creeks. Pallarenda beach might also fish quite well for Queenfish with the winds dropping.

Most of the creeks have been producing nice grunter with Morrissey creek probably the pick of the creeks at the moment. While I am on Morrissey’s there have been plenty of reports of quality crabs coming from the system and some nice barra taken recently on large live prawns. The Bohle has also been producing some nice bream and the odd quality Mangrove Jack with the smaller basstrix soft plastics working wonders. The Haughton has also been producing some nice crabs lately and the occasional 90cm plus barra on trolled lures.

Last weekend was a little on the ordinary side with 25knots over most of the weekend however prior to that there was some nice Spanish mackerel caught around Salamander Reef and the Palm Island Group. Wolf Hearing, slimy mackerel and small Queenfish all producing very good fish. The mackerel spot out from the Haughton River and the 12 mile shoal off Alva Beach have both been producing nice Spaniards on trolled garfish.

With the new moon today the reef should go off this weekend and with good coral trout, red emperor and nannygai reported during the last spell in the weather, I can’t see why that want be the case this weekend also. Around this moon cycle the best tip I can give you is to look for the fusilier schools and you should find some quality trout.

There have also been some good reports of grunter around the Bowling Green Bay spit, Burdekin Rock and Balgal shoals in Halifax Bay. Reports also indicate that a few Queensland School Mackerel (doggies) have also shown up around the Burdekin Rock area and the odd fish around the last shipping pylon.

If you have a reef boat or can get on board a boat going to the reef this weekend that’s where I would be going. The tides, moon phase and slight winds all line up, and that doesn’t happen often. Seek out the fusilier schools and concentrate your efforts around these schools and you should land some nice Coral Trout.
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Darren Mittereger with a 90cm plus Barra caught while trolling a Richo Interceptor lure through a few snags in the Haughton River.

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