Weekly Report 2 Jul 09

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Weekly Report 2 Jul 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:16 pm

There have been a few reports of very nice barra landed recently however the location is very secret squirrel and the only thing they will divulge is that they have been catching them on koolabung blade lures. They tell me that the fish don’t seem to be interested in any of the conventional larger barra lures which goes with the theory that barra tend to feed on the smaller baits as the water temperature cools. Alva beach in the Burdekin area has been producing some quality whiting and yellow fin bream with the occasional monster flathead taking soft plastics and lures.

The inshore reports have slowed up a little this week probably because everyone has been fishing offshore with all the great weather we have had lately. Of the reports we have received the whiting, flathead and bream dominate the catches with some great fish coming from the Haughton River. Hellhole creek would be the pick of them in the Burdekin area at the moment for these winter species. However the Burdekin River itself continues to be the spot for producing barra with live baits working best. The Barratta’s system is probably the pick of the places for crabs at the moment with some nice catches reported recently. To the north cattle creek has been fishing and crabbing reasonably well while tailors beach has been producing some nice whiting.

The weather this year to date has been quite good and considering the last couple of years with about four weekend a year with less than 15knots we have been having a great run and the fishing has also been good with reports of very good reef catches. In the last week the trout and red throat emperor dominate catch reports. The reds have been relatively consistent with large mouth probably more abundant than the last couple of years. There have been reports of Spanish mackerel around the 12 mile off Alva beach and some of the shoals of Townsville with fish around the 8kg mark the most common. The coconut shoals closer to the beach itself have also been fishing quite well with some nice grunter and the occasional fingermark being caught. There has been quite a lot of bait around the back of Maggie with school and shark mackerel numbers in these areas also respectable, bait schools are like magnets find the bait and you should find bigger fish, well it usually works that way. However I know we have all had those days when the bait is everywhere but nothing seems to work. That’s why we keep going back, the answer to the million dollar question why?

Northern Conquest Charters Report
We have just got back from Flinders Reef on a recon trip with Kanahoee and Rob Laspina sports fishing. The fishing out there was a bit quiet due to the cooler weather but enough action to make us very excited for the future charters we have planned for the area. We plan to take both the game boat and sports fisher along with “Sir Reel” on all of our charters in the Coral Sea. We tried various jigs, poppers and troll lures for some success with jigging easily accounting for the most action. Anybody that has not tried this exciting method really should give it a go for the savagery of the bite when fish are on. We also spent a bit of time on the sand cay with reasonable success on large coral trout in the shallows on stick baits.

Locally we have just finished two charters last weekend with Northern Stevedoring Services on Friday and an individual trip on the Saturday night. Thanks to NSS for fishing with us. The fishing was again fantastic with the return of large mouth nannygai to their usual haunts. One bite saw 75 boated in 45 minutes turning the back deck into a shambles but very exciting stuff. Other highlights where green job fish again great quality and in good numbers and some nice red emperor. A few spots left on Friday night’s charter with the weather holding should be great trip. Discount of $25.00 per person for the first 4 that would like to come also if anybody is looking to do something over the weekend we are running a snorkel trip to Wheelers reef on Sunday. We have just come back from this part of the reef yesterday and the visibility was awesome.
Eddie Giles Skipper MV “Sir Reel” For bookings contact us on: 0428745388.

The winds look like picking up a little this weekend and the whiting and flathead numbers are on the improve so any of your favourite creeks with good sand bars should produce fish. I like the falling tides personally as the water drains off the flats but others might disagree. In most cases it’s the locations you fish that determine which part of tide fishes best, trial and error is the name of the game.

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