Weekly Report 27 Jun 09

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Weekly Report 27 Jun 09

Post by Brad » Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:43 pm

Best reports continue to come from the Rockpool and Strand Jetty. Doggy Mackerel being the majority of the species caught but the odd Barra has been caught as well. Pallarenda has had the odd Barra being caught as well with the good weather allowing anglers to venture around the rocks to cast lures. Aplins weir has been keeping anglers happy when small lures and soft plastics are worked around the rocks. Small Trevally, Tarpon and the odd Barra make up the catch but provide hours of fun. This is a good spot to head to during the school holidays and is convenient for families to try their luck.

Once again Flathead seem to be biting well throughout last weekend with most fish measuring between 50 to 70cm. Small minnows being the most effective method with soft plastics a close second. Another great way to chase Flathead is on poppers. Flathead really smack lures hard and a surface strike is explosive and exciting. With the winds easing and day tides slow the water will be clear so a stealth approach is essential. Barra have slowed up a little but haven’t completely shut down. Live baiting is proving the more difficult method to snare a barra, but lure enthusiasts have had better luck with hard bodied lures. The Haughton saw most of the pressure from lure fisho’s with barra sitting in snags usually with a mate or two nearby. Salmon have been turning up on the flats with surface lures drawing more attention than most other methods.

I haven’t heard too much from the reef, as most reports seem to have come from the shoals area. Red Emperor and Nannygai seem almost an easy catch for those fishing into the night on likely areas with whole California squid the pick of the baits. Spanish Mackerel are starting to show up in more numbers with many trolling the shoals, with a few boats mentioning figures of eight fish per boat over last weekend. One key similarity between all Mackerel reports is that bibbed lures trolled are doing the damage over other methods. But this does not mean it will work every time so try anything until something works. Trolled gar fish work best on the shoals and reefs and wolf herring are far superior around islands and headlands. A few other interesting reports of Coral Trout up 75cm have been trolled up by anglers whose lures were intended for Mackerel. It goes to show that you never know what will be following a bait school for a feed. A few reports of Grunter have been caught around Cape Cleveland and nearby rocks 20 and 4 foot. Fish up to 70cm have been consistent and caught during the day.

Doggy mackerel are still the subject of most trips with the shipping channel still producing the goods. The weed beds off Alligator Creek is starting to show signs of its trademark Mackerel run, with plenty Mackerel being sighted. Although a good berley slick kept them around the boat they were reluctant to take pilchard offerings. If Mackerel appear real finicky try fishing without a wire trace, you may lose a bit of gear but you should see more action.

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With the weather being better than perfect at the moment, my tip would be to get out in the bay or wider and chase the winter species. The water will be crystal clear so working lures or baits down deep would be best. But keep an eye out for bait balls that might be getting worked up to the surface by predatory species. You never know what may lurk beneath. Also with the water visibility near perfect, spear fisherman should check rubbers and sharpen tips and head out to favourite locations. With the run quite placid Coral Trout and Crayfish will be easier to find.

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