Weekly Report 7 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 7 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:49 am

The Ross river is full of bait at the moment and schools of queenfish are feeding amongst them. Also mangrove jacks and cod are hanging below amongst the rocks with DOA prawns doing most of the damage. Spots like Oonoonba bridge and National park boat ramp have been the best place to access the rocks to chase jacks. The lakes should start to pick up for big winter bream too. It never fails in holding big bream this time of year, with peeled prawn baits working best. As an alternative try the Koolabung blade for bream as well. It has been deadly down south and gives you another option to target this species.

The Bohle, Morrissey’s and Haughton were creeks anglers preferred this week in protection from the wind. Barra and jacks still seem to be hitting lures enthusiastically with bream becoming more frequent on lures during winter. Notoriously this time of year the water is super clear and fish tend to hang deep and can be quite spooky. Best lures for this situation tend to be timber hard bodied lures, as timber lures have no rattle which can spook fish. Koolabung lures being the best, but for those who prefer soft plastics try the DOA prawn. As barra start to switch from fish baits to prawn the DOA prawns comes into its own. Perfect for hitting the sun warmed flats and when worked carefully are very effective in the snags. In the Burdekin area both Plantation creek and Phillips Landing have been producing some monster yellow fin bream in recent weeks with large fresh prawns and small slab baits doing the trick. The Burdekin river continues to fish quite well for barra despite the slight drop in temperature in recent weeks.

The only report we have had offshore has come from some dedicated fisherman who snuck out to Maggie shoals. Braving conditions, the team brought aboard 2 massive red emperors weighing in at 13kg each, and a pair of large mouth nannygai around the 8kg marks. It’s evidence that the reds are calling inshore waters home during winter. With the weather looking pretty good for the weekend I’m sure plenty of reports will flow in next week.

We travelled out to the Slasher group of reefs last weekend. The weather wasn’t the best so we were prevented from travelling to wide. That didn’t seem to affect the catches however with some exceptional coral trout caught on the Saturday morning. The red emperor have been a little slow lately however Back numbers reef (part of the Slasher group) produced the goods on Friday night with some good fish around the 10kg mark hitting the deck. The Spanish mackerel where a little quite with only a few landed on the Saturday morning floating pilchards, but this weekend is shaping up to have everything in its favour from weather to tides so we would expect some great catches this long weekend. For bookings contact us on: 0428745388. TACKLE WORLD VIP MEMBER discount: Simply present your VIP card to the crew at Northern Conquest Charters when you book a trip to receive $25 off.

With the winds looking like it may settle down this weekend I would suggest checking out the Maggie shoals area in hope for some nannygai or red emperor. Now that the temp has been consistently cooler it should bring the popular red species closer inshore. Also try trolling for Spanish mackerel as they can be an easy catch when you find them due to their numbers. The best lure for mackerel this season has been the Halco Lazer Pro in the red and black pattern.

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