Report Thursday 24 May 07

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Report Thursday 24 May 07

Post by Brad » Thu May 24, 2007 3:56 pm

There have been a few trevally and the odd grunter caught off the rock pool recently with live bait accounting for the better specimens. The northern beaches are still producing a feed of whiting with the occasional flathead. There has also been a few Queenfish caught off the Strand Fishing jetty using small metal slices. But apart from that it has been a quite on the land based scene.

Most of the creeks in the Burdekin area have been producing some nice yellow fin bream with Phillips Landing, Plantation and Ocean creeks accounting for some very nice catches recently. There has also been some good whiting and flathead around with the Haughton producing some real “elbow slappers” with yabbies and peeled prawn doing the trick. While I am on the Haughton, there have also been some good reports of crabs and the odd report of quality salmon taken on the troll using F18 Classics. Cattle creek produced a few barra on lures and Black River produced some exceptional Mangrove Jack fishing with one group of blokes catching 6 or 7 fish over 50cm with live greenbacks proving the most popular bait. It has also been producing some exceptional flathead around the mouth recently on soft plastics and small livies. While fishing inside the spit at Cape Bowling Green for grunter last weekend a few blokes managed to hook and land two huge black jewfish.

With the great conditions on the water last weekend plenty of boats got offshore. Trunk reef fished exceptionally well for coral trout with a number of reports of boats catching their bag limit on trout in no time. The reefs off the Burdekin seemed to be a little slower for coral trout with most reports concentrating around red emperor and large mouth nannygai, with Morinda Shoals producing some exceptional red emperor. There were also a few reports of good cobia caught around the Bowling Green Bait patches. However further north around the shoals behind Maggie the reds where there the sharks also where present making it hard work to get anything on board. The Robbery shoals off the Palm Island group were overrun with small mouth nannygai with reports of small mouth nannygai everywhere.

The Palm Island group it’s self has been producing some exception Spanish mackerel along with the Mackerel patches and Salamander Reef off Cape Cleveland have also been producing some nice Spanish mackerel. Further offshore there was some great Dolphin fish and Wahoo caught around Faraday shoals (just outside the green zone).

Due to the 20-30knt forecast you will be confined to the rivers and creeks, so I would suggest getting out you light gear and chasing a good few of yellow fin bream. I prefer the dropping tide along the deeper banks out of the wind. Also try using chicken breast cut into strips they just love it. If that’s not your scene then maybe this weekend is a perfect one for reel maintenance.
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Jason and Berry Carter with a nice Spanish mackerel caught while tossing poppers aboard Beechco Charters, with Skipper Dean Beech.

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