Weekly Report 12 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 12 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:50 am

The Northern Beaches have been producing good fish lately with some great catches of flathead in and around the mouths of many of the creeks running into Halifax Bay. On the falling tide the drop offs and gutters are prime spots for hungry flathead to lay in wait for a feed. Soft plastics worked over these areas often results in exciting flathead sessions this time of year. The whiting numbers have been on the improve with quite a lot of reports coming in over the weekend and last but not least there has been some quality blue salmon caught on fresh prawn and mullet along most of the beaches also.

The Bohle River should fish quite well in a month or two with the boat ramp out of action for the next month due to work being done on it. The fishing pressure will ease resulting in good fishing and crabbing when it opens again. The Morrissey’s and Haughton systems have been producing some nice pikey bream (blackys) lately and the odd barra and quality jack still smashing live prawns and small lures. As the water cools it also tends to get cleaner and often lures without rattles work best in these conditions, and timber lure are my preference in the winter months. Koolabung razor backs to be precise. The yellow fin bream catches have continued in the Burdekin area and whiting over the 30cm mark are starting to turn up in good numbers also. When the whiting show up you tend to see an increase in the number of quality flathead in the area and this year is no exception with the Burdekin River, Plantation creek, Phillips landing and Alva Beach all producing some nice catches in recent weeks. The crabs seem to be a little hit and miss at the moment with some good reports and not so good ones, with very little consistency lately.

The weather and tides were perfect last weekend resulting in a great weekend with reports of fish everywhere. In particular the school mackerel were on the bite with plenty of fish caught around the 60cm mark (min size on these fish is 50cm, bag limit 10/person). Floating pilchards with a consistent burley slick seemed to result in the better catches. A little wider around the headlands and shoals the Spanish mackerel are slowly increasing in quality with most fish around the 8-10kg mark with the odd 20kg specimen thrown in. Decent wolf herring have been a little hard to get your hands on but quality garfish seem to be doing the trick at the moment. Trolled on a wog head they are dynamite mackerel baits. Red throat and coral trout catches have been consistent lately but one thing to note is the increase in the number of monster trout being caught. The red emperor and large mouth nannygai catches were very good over the long weekend and this should continue as these fish move onto the shallower shoals closer to the coast. The winter months are great for smaller boats as many of these large red fish become more accessible to small boat anglers. On the whole the offshore fishing is on fire at the moment and fingers crossed it continues. Also keep a watch out there have been a few whale sightings in the bay recently.

Fantastic 2 day trip last weekend. Fish highlights where a number of big coral trout, great red emperors, triple hook up on Spanish and for the first time on our boat 2 yellow fin tuna. These were caught on shoals near Centipede reef the biggest being 20 kilos. The angler was a guy from Caloundra and he needed a very big sit down and a cold beer after the 45 minute fight. The other highlights of the trip were big blue gropers feeding near Broad Hurst reef and a snorkel in the lagoon at Broadie. This would be amongst the very best I have seen for reef and species of fish. Truly outstanding. Trip finished off with a large pod of pilot whales swimming alongside for the trip home. The extended trips are truly the way to get fantastic fishing as well as great memories from our beautiful reef. This weekend only the one trip going out on Friday. The weather looks like it will come down beautifully and limited spots left
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As it stands the winds look like dropping out Sunday and if the school mackerel continue to feed like last weekend then Sunday morning looks like a great time to take the family out on the bay for a spot of school mackerel fishing. Set up a good burley slick around West Point and float a few pilchards on gang hooks and sit back and enjoy the day on the water. You should bring home a few school mackerel for a Sunday afternoon barbeque.

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