Weekly Report 10 Jul 09

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Weekly Report 10 Jul 09

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:05 am

A special mention to Karim who landed a beautiful 98cm Barra on 4lb braid using a Koolabung blade. A superb effort and was caught near the casino off the bank. There has been plenty of queenfish and trevally patrolling Ross Creek at the moment and are willing to take small soft plastics and blades. Matching the hatch is crucial to entice a strike from these pelagics. Pallarenda has been holding plenty of flathead lately and I’m told the further around the rocks you walk the more you will encounter. Majority are only around the 40cm mark but the odd larger specimen is amongst them, and soft plastics are proving the way to go. Flathead often settle in the sand and won’t move around too much, so it’s important to cover as much ground as possible. Excellent sized whiting have been caught in gutters while walking the flats off Bushland Beach. Peeled prawn seems to be doing the job just fine and those throwing poppers picking up flathead in the same area. Big yellow fin bream have made their iconic appearance in The Lakes recently with many using prawns to catch these fish which can stretch beyond 40cm. Although fond of dead baits they will take soft plastics, small minnows and blades which make great fun on light tackle.

Best reports of barra have come from the Haughton River. Once again bladed lures jigged out of snags have been tempting fish up to 80cm. One report told of small grey mackerel caught on lure halfway up Barrumbush, its amazing what cool winter weather and clean water can do to the habits of some species. Also grunter have moved up the creeks with better sized grunter preferring live baits to dead baits, plus there is always a chance of a barra, salmon, fingermark or jack to jump on. Morrissey’s is the place to be if you’re in the hunt for big black bream, with consistent reports of fish around 40cm taken on prawn baits. There has also been some very nice barra caught there in recent days also on live prawn.

School and grey mackerel continue their fantastic run throughout the shipping channel with metal slices dominating over drifted baits. Middle reef is holding its fair share of mackerel as well and trevally up to 9kg with lures trolled close to the reef working best. Further around to West Point good size Spanish mackerel up to 18kg are being caught when ganged pilchards intended for doggy mackerel are drifted into the burley trail. Out wider towards the shoals Spanish mackerel are thick and hitting trolled lures and garfish aggressively. Working metal slices up to 80grms through a school of Spaniards generally will spark some interest. If the Spaniards are timid on slices and you’re using wire trace, try taking the wire off. You may lose a few slices but you will get more strikes and therefore more fish. nannygai and red emperors are becoming a common catch on the shoals and the average size fish is sitting at around 6kgs. Consistent reports of nannygai are stemming from the deeper water not far off Keeper Reef. Under the cover of darkness is the best time to target this species and finding them in big schools can stretch arms for hours.

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With little influence in the tide this weekend, I prefer to work lures in creeks such as the Haughton and Morrissey’s. But if it looks like the winds will drop out on Sunday it will be hard to keep me in the creeks with the good fishing to be had out wide.

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Re: Weekly Report 10 Jul 09

Post by GregP » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:17 pm

Is it possible to get some occasional Hinchinbrook news in the Townsville report?

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