Report Thursday 5 Jul 07

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Report Thursday 5 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:29 am

LAND BASED
All the beaches have been producing some exceptional Bream (yellow fin), whiting and flathead, they seem to be everywhere. Peeled prawns and freshly pumped yabbies have been the best bait for the whiting, while small live poddy mullet and soft plastics have been going the damage on the flathead. Their has been some great cod getting caught at the strand jetty also along with QLD school mackerel off the jetty and casino rock walls as well. For those casting and retrieving pilchards on gang hooks.

INSHORE
Their has been good reports of bream and blue salmon from all the major river systems. As well as barra from the Bohle River. If you are in to lure casting the Bohle does fish well for small barra in winter, only if you put the time and effort in. 14 barra days are common. Their has been school mackerel at Toomula beach, Burdekin rock, Pallarenda barge, shipping channel and the weed beds in the bay, but burley is the key. Coral Trout have been caught on soft plastics at middle reef as well as good fingermark on bottom baits at bear Island.

OFFSHORE & BAY
Well what a week, finally the weather gods have smiled and they brought us good weather at last. And it looks likes it may continue for the weekend (it always happens when I clean my room, maybe I should do it more often). The Reef boys cleaned up on good quality Coral trout from all the well known reefs, as well as sweetlip. Quality reds have been getting around. The best spots and been Maggie shoals, John Brewer Reef and Keeper Reef. Also their have been lots of cobia around as well. They have been taking baits and metal jigs such as double up bumpa bars in pink, green and gold.

Cape Cleveland just keeps on fishing better for DONKEY SIZE Spanish mackerel in the 60lb range. Wolf herring is by far still the best bait and the trick is to get them down deep. For the Gamefishing Fleet some small black marlin have arrived at Cape Bowling Green along with the odd sailfish. A few where hooked up, but none tagged. And their have been massive schools of Tea Leaf and Gold Spot Trevally around the local wrecks at the moment. These fish are around the 4-6kg mark and are great fun on 6kg high speed spin tackle. The best lures are bumpa bars and 5”-7” soft plastics on 1 1/2oz – 2 1/2oz jig heads.

Just remember where you are in the bay as there are a few yellow zones and it is easy to forget that you can only use one line per person in these areas. It can be tempting to float out a pilchard and fish the bottom at the same time, using more than one line. I have heard of a few people getting caught recently doing just that.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
The tides and weather look ideal for chasing a few Spanish mackerel. Cape Cleveland should produce some very good fish this weekend on trolled wolf herring. The change off the top of the tide in the morning and afternoon looks the pick.
Tight lines
Ashley Cotter

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