Weekly Report 2 Apr 09

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Weekly Report 2 Apr 09

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:05 pm

LAND BASED
The calm conditions over the last few days have been just what the doctor ordered, as many of the beaches really fire when the sea flattens out. Without the wave action on the beaches the bait tends to move closer in around the shoreline and as a result the larger predatory species are also drawn in with the bait. This appears to be happening at the moment with some good reports of barra around the rocky outcrops along the beaches from Cape Pallarenda right along the Northern Beaches.
Alva Beach and Phillips Landing in the Burdekin have been producing some nice whiting with yabbies and peeled prawns working best.
There have also been some nice queenfish around on the beaches. The barra catches around the weirs have slowed up however some quality fish have still been caught on the top sides of the weirs.

INSHORE
There have been a lot of barra reports lately, but there seems to be one common thread with most of the reports: the barra are either small undersize fish or too big, with many reports of big fish smoking under-gunned anglers.
The Haughton has slowed up lately however Easter is usually a good time for barra in both the Haughton and Morrissey systems. Crocy and Alligator creeks should also produce some nice fish on the making tides over the next week with a lead up to the full moon on Good Friday 10th April 09. The mangrove jacks have also been smashing lures, small poddy mullet and herring baits.
The quality of the crabs is on the improve with some nice specimens starting to show up in crab pots. Most of the crabs are full but there do seem to be quite a lot just undersize, so make sure you have your crab check handy for a quick measure.
Those who are in the know are catching good prawns but usually this type of info is heavily guarded. For most of us it is hit and miss, but still worth throwing the cast net.
Hinchinbrook is still producing some nice grunter. The barra can sometimes be hard to find in such a vast system but once you have found the bait you should find a few feeding barra also.
The Burdekin River has been on fire in recent weeks with plenty of barra taking live mullet and trolled lures. There have been some real horse barra over the maximum size of 120cm being caught and released in the freshwater reaches of the Burdekin and Anabranch.

OFFSHORE
On Monday the winds dropped out and the sea conditions have been absolutely glorious since then. As usual the tides have not been the best however I guess we should just take what we can get. As a result the fish numbers have not been outstanding, but if the weather holds over the weekend I am sure both Saturday and Sunday’s tides will produce plenty of reef fish.
With the neap tides earlier in the week the conditions were good for jigging metals and soft plastics on many of the wrecks and deeper shoals. Be prepared to lose a few jigs to some monsters that live in many of these areas so take a few spares. Shimano’s Lucanus Jigs are my go-to jig at present, as they often produce when nothing else seems to be working.

Play safe

Danny Brooks

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