Weekly Report 8 May 09

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Weekly Report 8 May 09

Post by Brad » Fri May 08, 2009 1:42 pm

Live baiting the freshwater weirs still seems to be the most popular method to fish when the winds blowing. No large Barra have been landed of late but plenty of fish up to 90cm testing out tackle. Live bait under a float is the preferred rig, with anglers saying they don’t have to wait long for some action. Good size Bream have been caught from the salt water side of Aplins weir, with small soft plastics and shads working best. The strand continues to hold the big Golden Trevally’s close to shore, but anglers have told that the bite has slowed considerably. Also they are not in the numbers that they were in, and harder to find due to the dirty water from the strong winds. Few have started fishing the northern creeks like Crystal and Bluewater for tropical species like Jungle Perch freshwater Jacks. Small surface lures like poppers, fizzers and stick baits working best and is visually exciting.

With the winds making a lot of favourite spots unfishable, most opted to hide from the wind and fish with fresh prawns and yabby’s. The mouths of the Haughton and Morrissey’s have been keeping anglers pleased with large whiting up to 40cm not uncommon. With hauls of three dozen whiting per session a regular occurrence. In the mix big Pikey Bream and Flathead make up the remainder of the bread and butter species. Also those putting out live bait in whiting country are being rewarded with just legal sized Salmon enthusiastically taking baits. The crabs seem to have fired up again lately particularly in Morrissey’s with pots filled with up to 16 crabs, 3 on average being legal. Plenty of grunter have been caught over last weekend but many falling just short of legal. Good peeled fresh prawns crucial for grunter, bream and whiting. The lightest weight possible to fish for whiting helps in feeling the rapid little bites, and allows the whiting to take bait freely. Hinchinbrook channel was a bit hit and miss over last weekend with some putting in big days for nil and others finding fish straight away. Some say they didn’t have to travel far from the Dungeness boat ramp to catch quality fish, but were reluctant to give too much away.

Obviously with the wind having its way lately, we haven’t heard much from the shoals and reefs. We have had reports from spearfisherman snaring some nice crayfish from the Islands with some trout to add to the total.

Unfortunately due to the recent run of bad weather we have not been out a lot in recent days.
Last Friday, however we did get out and whilst overall the numbers of fish where a bit light some excellent quality specimens were boated. This included some great Spanish mackerel to 17kgs. These were taken on balloons with live fusilier and on unweighted pilchards. Also a bit of action casting bumper bar lures into the strike zone. They are always handy to have in the rocket launcher for this type of fishing as the fish that takes the balloon bait is commonly not the only one in the area. As is the case for all this lure type the retrieval rate should be as fast as possible.

Anchoring on the shoals was all but impossible but a few good red emperor were taken along with a great mangrove jack caught by Merv Meads. In Closer to the reef red throat were in reasonable numbers if not a bit smaller than we have been used to recently. Some good trout where also taken in this area through the morning. As most would be aware the Predators Tournament was postponed last weekend and has been scheduled for this weekend. We are running a 24 hour trip Friday night targeting the competition species to put our clients amongst the prizes. This trip is leaving at 4.00pm Friday afternoon and returning 4.00pm Saturday, so be quick to get in as there are only 5 spots left.
Eddie Giles Skipper - MV Sir Reel

Once again with the winds depicting fishing locations, a session out of the wind up the creek would be sensible. Have a go at chasing the whiting and bream while the bites good. As I have said before fresh prawns and live yabby’s are pretty hard to beat, and meeting quota shouldn’t be a problem.

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