Report 24th Nov 05

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Report 24th Nov 05

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:42 pm

Patchy Period
Quite a few boats have headed offshore in the last couple of weeks, with the results being very mixed. Some boats have reported great catches of red emperor, nannygai and coral trout while others said the fishing was very slow. One thing common in all reports was the plague proportion of trevally around the reef and shoals at the moment.

Trevor Stevens and a couple of mates had a ball using cuttlefish heads, when they got onto a good session of large mouth nannygai and red emperor. He said once the cuttlefish heads ran out the fish just went quiet. It was the first time he had used them for bait and it is definitely not the last.
A bit closer inshore, grunter catches continue, however recently there seems to be a northern trend to the reports with most good catches coming from Cattle and Insulator creeks, Balgal Shoals and the Hinchinbrook Channel. When fishing the shoals for these fish don’t be surprised if you catch fingermark also, as they can sometimes be found in the same area. Make sure your fishing gear is ready to take on these fish as they can bring you unstuck if not prepared.

This weekend is shaping up to be an absolute bottler, however it is that time of the month again, with the last of the coral reef fish closures starting today and ending on Saturday the 3rd of December. That aside, all is not lost. The fingermark are biting their heads off. There have been some good reports of these fish being taken around Four and Two Foot rocks, West Point and Orchid Rock. Live squid appears to be the preferred bait, accounting for most of the quality fish, while deep diving lures and soft plastics have also been working well. This weekend looks ideal for chasing fingermark. The moon shouldn’t get up until about midnight so there should be plenty of time to catch a few squid just in time for the change in the tide - also around midnight. Fingermark are one of my favourites when it comes to the dinner table but remember to be sensible and only take enough for your immediate use, as these fish are relatively long lived and tend to mature late in life, making them particularly susceptible to overfishing.

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Trevor Stevens with a ripper big mouth nannygai
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