Report 27 Jul 07

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Report 27 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:29 am

LAND BASED
The mouth of the Haughton River has been producing some quality whiting and flathead. The Northern Beaches have also been producing some exceptional whiting and in particular some quality Yellow Fin Bream.

INSHORE
Reports indicate that the Blue salmon are still around in reasonable numbers with southern creeks like Morrissey and the Barrattas producing some exceptional salmon recently. The Barra and Mangrove Jack reports however have been limited with the only reported catches coming from the Hinchinbrook Channel area.
The whiting, flathead and bream are still getting caught in most of the creeks, they have tended to be a little patchy, however if you find them you are sure to take home a good feed. The crabs have been nothing to write home about with the only reports indicating that a high percentage of the catch being half full.
There are some nice size prawns around however once again they have also been patchy with the reports coming from those blokes that seem to catch good prawn all the time, a bit of secret squirrel going on.

OFFSHORE & BAY
The reports have been none existent this week with the strong winds however this weekend is shaping up to be a great fishing weekend on the water with light wind and good tides on the lead up to the full moon on Monday, bring on the mackerel, I would expect some great catches this weekend. If you intend chasing a few school mackerel then Burdekin Rock, Bray Island and the weed beds are likely spots to encounter some good school mackerel.
However if it’s the schoolies bigger cousin the Spanish mackerel that excites you then make sure you get your hands on some quality wolf herring. Slow trolling wolf herring is the shore fire way of producing the bigger Spanids. Once again Cape Cleveland and the Palm Island Group are the most likely spots to encounter that fish of a life time. I still haven’t had any reports of the small black marlin at Cape Bowling Green, however fingers crossed that will change after this weekend.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
With the light wind and great tides I would target school mackerel around the weed beds or Bray Island with small lures or floating pilchards. If the Spanish mackerel are more your cup of tea then tow a few quality wolf herring around Cape Cleveland or Rattlesnake Island. Cape Upstart should also be producing some good Spanish mackerel this time of the year and this weekend looks ideal for that neck of the woods.

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