Weekly Report 19 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 19 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:28 am

We have had a few reports from the weirs of late. Surface lures on dusk is the word of advice from all who have fished them. As the mercury continues to drop so does the water temp. Afternoon sessions will be more productive as the sun has had a chance to warm up the water throughout the day. Surface lures may be more productive as well, as the fish will be sitting higher in the water column in the warmer water. Ross Creek and Ross River continue their run of trevally’s and queenfish as the bait remains thick in these two creeks. Barra have been seen in amongst the frenzy but are very slow and are not interested in lures or plastics. It might be a sign that they have decided to switch to prawns as their preferred meal. Considering the cooler temps barra are still being caught from the Casino rockwall but as mentioned it seems live prawns is the best technique. Mackerel are still being caught off the rockpool with the hot tip using live bait, with mackerel picking up baits off the bottom and under a float.

Flathead make up the majority of reports in the creeks of late. Morrissey’s and the mouth of the Haughton are holding good size flathead up to 70cm with small minnow style lures out fishing plastics. Whiting have improved over the last week with excellent reports coming from the flats of the Haughton River mouth. Live yabby’s definitely more effective than peeled prawn which usually works well most of the time. For those still in the hunt for barra, Crocky Creek is still producing quality fish although they too have been easier to tempt with live prawns. There are a few good methods to use live prawns in winter which will increase your chance when they switch from fish to prawns. Live baiting holes with a paternoster rig works brilliantly. It keeps the prawn off the bottom as the prawn if given the chance will settle in the mud making it harder for the fish to source. Drifting a prawn under a float into suspect snags is a proven way and probably a more common method used amongst anglers. Another key factor is using big prawns, and if prawns tend to be small on the day simply doubling up on prawns on a hook should do the trick.

As mentioned please keep an eye out for whales in the bay as they will start to be a common sighting over the next two months. Areas to really take care in are Cape Cleveland as they pass right in close to the headland, the back of Maggie Island and the Palm Island Group. Over the weekend many hit the water on Sunday armed with a BOM report of 5-10knots. Many where wet before they passed the shipping channel! But that didn’t concern the ongoing mackerel bite. The shipping channel has been holding good balls of bait which is keeping the school mackerel in close. Drifted pillies still working best and a burley trail is keeping the bite more consistent. Spanish Mackerel are willingly taking trolled wolf herring off Cape Cleveland now and out wider garfish trolled on a wog head more effective. Off the shoals spanish mackerel are being consistently trolled up on lures, although not in plague numbers yet anglers are getting fish to 10kg enough for a good feed. The reefs were well fished on the weekend but reports were not as good as previous weeks. Perhaps it had something to do with the neap tides, as the fish tend to move around more during this period. Bigger tides tend to concentrate the bait and fish in certain areas making them easier to find and therefore catch. Coral Trout still bit well and kept anglers happy with the odd red throat still around and showing good size.

Just a quick update on the trip in which a few staff members from Tackleworld went on last Friday night. The group had a great trip although the weather wasn’t as good as they had hoped for. They worked the John Brewer and Slashers reefs over night and into the next day. During the night small and large mouth nannygai kept the T/World crew happy, with one Large Mouth being the largest to have been boated on Sir Reel. A special mention to budding legend Jack Reid for taming two 5lb Nannygai on 4lb braid, a brave effort and really turned some heads out on the boat. Well done mate! The next day saw a coral trout over a metre long boated on a live bait which was soon released unharmed. Many more trout were caught although red throats made up majority of the catch. 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.

Fishing the morning run out tide off the flats in creeks like Crocky and Haughton would be my suggestion. Working the last of the run out with soft plastics for both flathead and barra, but any willing fish will do! If you wish to catch yourself a reel bargain head down to the Cluden Fishing and Outdoor Expo this weekend.

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