Weekly Report 16 Jul 09

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Weekly Report 16 Jul 09

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:56 am

Big yellow tail bream continue to bite well throughout The Lakes, although they tell me the larger tides really seem to fire them up. Whiting have fired up with the winds changing and with it bringing cooler weather. Pallarenda, Rowes Bay and Salmon Creek have proved to be the “hotspots” for whiting and flathead, with most reports coming from those fishing with good fresh local peeled prawns. With big tides on the way queenfish, trevally and grunter should start to show up in these areas. Some interesting reports from the Ross River weirs lately, as surface activity has really hotted up. Stick baits and soft plastics worked during the late evening and night have drawn plenty of strikes with only a few being landed. Working lures really slow during the cooler period saves them a lot of time and energy as their enthusiasm is far from impressive.

With everyone hiding up the creeks during last week best reports were mainly coming from Morrissey’s. Good size barra were fooled throughout the week particularly on live prawns, with flathead making up the majority of the daily takings on both live bait and well presented lures. Flathead seem to be thick in the Haughton River system as well, with good size flathead often darting out from snags to ambush lures. Working lures and soft plastics close to the bottom will increase your chance of landing a flathead and also gets you in the game for larger barra. There’s an old saying ‘ out of sight, out of mind ‘, and with most fish being opportunists it makes sense to get lures as close as possible. We have had some good reports of barra still taking lures up in the Hinchinbrook Channel, although tides were not ideal. Its good to see that barra are still being taken with a bit of a revised approach in technique. Crabs seem to be tormenting anglers when out of 30 crabs only one seems to be stretching legal. But the ones that are making the cooker have all been full.

Not too much to cheer about in the bay and reef this week. Those who could make the journey to the end of the Lucinda jetty were rewarded when metal slices were sent amongst pylons and retrieved at high speed. Good size queenfish usually turn up this time of year around jetty’s and creeks and are awesome fun, and can turn a quiet day into a prosperous one. Earlier this week we did have one good report of Spanish mackerel being caught off Salamander Reef. Fresh trolled garfish by far being the most effective method, but the good old 2 metre laser pro in the red and black pattern hasn’t failed lately as well.

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I would normally suggest trying your luck at a Spanish mackerel, but unfortunately the winds look like they may hang around for the weekend. But lead up to new moon is generally the best time to chase these speedsters. So once again soaking a few live prawns into snags and deep holes may be the sensible option with the wind around.

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