Weekly Report 30 Apr 09

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Weekly Report 30 Apr 09

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:53 pm

Plenty of good reports coming from The Strand again this week, particularly earlier in the week when jelly prawns infested the foreshores. Amongst the frenzy of fish trying to share the feast are exceptionally sized Golden trevally some up to a metre long. Also plenty of barra have been spotted mixed in with the goldens, but most of them looked to have had their fill of prawns and were uninterested in artificial baits. The bumper School and Spotted Mackerel run continues to please anglers fishing The Strand Jetty and Rock pool. To the surprise of anglers the odd Spanish Mackerel are finding drifted pilchard irresistible as well. Other winter species are starting to show up more consistently as well. Big whiting have been a regular catch on the sand flats up in the northern beaches, and good numbers are starting to appear at the Cungulla beachfront as well. A new technique to chase whiting has emerged from the southern states, and that's chasing them on poppers, yes poppers! And yes this technique can be applied here with great success.

Best reports seem to have come from the mouth of Black River this week, with barra and Salmon taking live baits on the high tide. That’s if the oversized Bream don’t nail the live baits first. Also the superb barra bite continues down in the Burdekin area with the Barratta’s giving up excellent sessions of barra and Jacks on live baits. The barra seem to still be schooled up in the snags, so if you find one another will usually soon follow. The mouths of the Haughton and Burdekin River are not only holding big whiting but good numbers of flathead. Most have been caught on shallow running lures and soft plastics, but the good old live yabby will entice a bite when all else fails.

The channel markers are holding big bait schools and they have been pushed around by plague proportions of School and Spotted Mackerel. Drifted or floating pilchard being most effective, but when the mackerel are this thick small metal slices are lethal and a heap of fun too. Late last week the reports were that the mackerel were only small with a few being legal. But as the week has progressed the larger ones are starting to move in.

Over last weekend reef fisho’s took advantage of the good weather realizing it may be some time before we see glassed out conditions again. The usual suspects like Red Throat’s and Coral Trout filled eskies with reports of the Trout showing some size. One report in particular told us that the first trout of the day went 70cm, and this seemed to be the average for the trip with the best going into the 90cm mark. The Reefs off Lucinda being most productive and most popular, with boats stacked up in one spot but that didn’t seem to affect the fishing. The Spaniards seem to be the hype at the moment and for good reason. The Spanish have really settled inshore now and can be easily found around Maggie Island hot spots like West Point and Orchid Rocks. Cape Cleveland has given up its fair share of Mackerel but those in the know say it’s far from at its best yet. Even the larger nannygai have started to move closer inshore with the cooler weather, and are making local wrecks and rubble patches home for winter.

The shoals off the Northern Beaches are on fire at the moment, with fresh reports of coral trout, fingermark and XOS Cod making their mark. Those chasing school and spanish mackerel aren’t being disappointed with trolled slices and lures absolutely deadly.

Predators Comp - Northern Conquest charters are running a 42 hour trip over the weekend to get amongst the prizes for our clients. We intended targeting Spanish Mackerel with a price value $1900. Coral trout, mystery mackerel, mangrove jack, emperor/nannigai, trevally and other game fish categories all attracting prizes valued at $1000 and we will be looking at getting amongst some of these prizes also. Our skipper Les Youman has a fantastic record in this event taking out between 4 and 6 major prizes over the last couple of years and would expect our showing to be equally as good this year. The weather could be better but it must be remembered that our boat “Sir Reel” is a big stable boat well able to cope with a bit of swell. The weather will also take a lot of little boats out of the picture and make picking up the prizes that much easier.
Call Cliff for more detail on 0428745388

Keeping in mind the Predators Comp is on this weekend, it would probably be hard to find a spot all to yourself. But don’t let that dishearten your spirits. With the weekend outlook on the windy side a fish up Hinchinbrook Channel would be my pick, find a bit of shelter, sit back and sink a few live baits.

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