Weekly Report 27 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 27 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:52 pm

Plenty of flathead have appeared on flats such as Pallarenda and Rowes Bay, with small hard bodied lures twitched on the high tide proving most productive. The Causeway on Boundary Street has seen schools of sizable bream hanging below the running water at the lower end. Catching them has been as easy as casting small peeled prawn baits into the current and waiting for it to pass a hungry fish. Small trevally and queenfish are still making their presence known at both Victoria and Lowths Bridge taking a liking to small minnows, although not big in size excellent fun. The weirs continue to be on the improve with lots of surface activity right on sunset, which is the perfect time to break out those surface lures such as the tango dancer and reidy’s j walker. With the water warming up we should see some super sized fish getting their photos taken nestled in anglers arms below a big smile.

Fantastic fishing this week in local creeks with barra reports coming thick and fast from nearly all post codes. The Bohle and Morrissey’s have been most impressive with some excellent captures, with live baits hooking the bigger barra and lures maintaining the numbers of small ones. The barra were fooled on all types of live baits and had absolutely no problems taking big live mullet. A special mention to our very own Kelly who managed to fool 5 barra in Morrissey’s during the week which all measured between 76cm to 86cm. Kelly did mention that luring only raised one fish for the morning, and it wasn’t until live baits were sent into the drink that the fun really started. We are starting to get some consistent reports of good size grunter around the 60cm mark taking fresh slab and squid bait in deep holes in the Bohle. Also the same size fish are showing up towards the mouth of the Haughton. Hinchinbrook has been a bit hit and miss this week with best results coming from those throwing lures. The normal hard hit spots have been a little quiet with results coming from the smaller creeks that normally are ignored.

Blessed with good weather over last weekend many opened the throttle and headed towards the reefs and shoals to chase a few Spanish mackerel. And they weren’t disappointed. Once again trolled halcos in the red and black pattern came home with very little paint left to show for its efforts. Although rigged garfish and in particular wolf herring produced majority of the bigger specimens. With so many boats filling eskys with mackerel the boat ramps were busy before lunch for a change. Once again Keeper Reef and Maggie shoals were infested with Spanish mackerel with Trunk and Bramble Reef proving the place to be for coral trout and red throat. One report told of Spanish mackerel so thick off Cape Cleveland they were smashing poppers, slices and wolfies, pretty much anything left dangling in the water was in danger of being attacked.

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With a nice high tide early in the morning, weather looking sensational and the Spanish mackerel biting their heads off. Hitting inshore shoals armed with a halco in the red and black pattern or wolfies trolled should produce the goods. Trolled lures generally work best at around 5-6knots and wolfies trolled dead slow will be more productive.

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