Weekly Report 16 Apr 09

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Weekly Report 16 Apr 09

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:54 pm

LAND BASED
Well the Easter period as usual has produced ordinary fishing conditions with rain and winds dampening spirits. The plus side is that the weirs should pick up again and prawns and crabs should continue their run as well. Pallarenda over the past week has been the pick of the hotspots with quality Barra, Queenfish and Tarpon providing awesome fun for lure casters. But with the making tides coming up it will be worth a shot chasing Grunter.
The casino rockwall has been holding Trevally and Queenfish, and anglers casting metal slices and soft plastics on light tackle are having hours of fun. Its also a great spot to take the kids down and wet a line during the holidays too. The freshwater reaches of the weirs have been fishing well, especially on live baits. The rain will only improve the action down there.

INSHORE
Once again the crabs continue to fill pots and feed families over the Easter period. Not only are the number of the buck crabs impressive, but also how full they are. I have even heard some fishos saying that they are sick of cooking them!
The Haughton, Morrisseys and Burdekin Rivers are still producing good catches of Barra and Jacks. Crocky Creek has been fishing really well of late with a good run of Salmon and a steady bite of Barra as well. The Bohle has been exceptional over Easter. Even with boats zooming around everywhere, anglers found it easy to find quality Barra, Jacks and Grunter particularly on live bait.
The Hinchinbrook Channel has been a bit hit-and-miss lately, most likely due to the patchy storms passing through. The crabs and prawns have been easy to find there but the fish have been playing hide and seek. They have been moving around day to day, but finding the bait is the key. Lures have been more effective than live baits.

OFFSHORE & BAY
Not much to report offshore this week. I have heard of boaties getting out and around the Palm Island group and hiding in sheltered bays to fish. They are finding mainly Coral Trout and good size Red-throat Sweetlip in numbers too. The Red-throat bite has been phenomenal this month, with every boat nearly bagging out on the fine tablefish. There are some real big ones in amongst them as well.
Late last week I did hear that Paluma Shoal has been fishing well with an abundance of species being caught. Good size fingermark and numerous cod up to 70cm long. School Mackerel and even a lonely red emperor mixing up the bag.

-Tackle World Townsville

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