Weekly Report 5 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 5 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:07 pm

Alva beach has been producing some excellent flathead and blue salmon of late, but the whiting reports have slowed up considerably. Phillips landing and plantation creek have been the pick of the creeks for black bream with specimens up to 40cm common. Anglers working Aplins weir on the salt side have had good success using DOA prawns. Working DOA prawns really slow is the key. The secret to the DOA is the way it settles through the water column. Having the weight distributed perfectly in the prawn allows it to fall horizontally therefore looking far more realistic. The lakes are still firing for big bream of late. Dead sardines or mullet fillet by far the best bait, with an unweighted rig getting a lot more attention. The weirs have been a bit quiet with the cool evening winds and lead up to the full moon. It should see a turn around in activity when the wind drops right off allowing the water to slowly heat up.

The Bohle is still fishing quite well with barra and jacks still taking lures both trolled and hand cast into likely snags. There have been quite a few sightings of crocs up to 3m metres sunning themselves on the banks of the Bohle recently. One report told of 3 crocs spotted on one bank in the Bohle, a visual warning that they are becoming more and more comfortable with our presence. Lure casters have been taking advantage of ideal tides and producing plenty of barras most of which are undersize. Creeks like the Haughton and Crocodile creek have been most productive for lure fisherman, and Morrissey’s proving best for live baiters with live prawns still the ideal method. The Hinchinbrook channel has been slow for barra lately but small queenies, threadfin salmon and even tuna turning up, which means the big queenies won’ be far away.

Once again the wind has kept the big boats high and dry in the shed over the past week, and there haven’t been any reports worth mentioning. But with the isobars opening up from Saturday onwards, I reckon there will be the iconic hustle and bustle at the local boat ramps.

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With the weather coming down for the weekend, I would be washing the dust off the tinnie and heading out in the bay to see if the mackerel are still around. With little fishing pressure in the bay lately I should imagine that locating good schools of fish to be easy. Areas like Maggie shoals and Albino rock should be holding mackerel with trolled wolf herring and garfish most effective.

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