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Weekly Report 3 Aug 09

Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:40 pm
by Brad
The flats off Taylor’s beach have been producing some excellent flathead of late with small brightly coloured soft plastics seeking out hungry flatties’ waiting in ambush. Amongst the flathead the odd barra has beaten the flatties’ to the lures much to the delight of anglers. The rock pool has remained one of the hot spots during the week, with the early morning bringing large schools of bait in the area with predators lurking nearby. Spanish mackerel just on legal size has been a common sight in esky’s with countless juvenile specimens making their return to the water. Matching the size of lure or bait to the type of bait in any situation is crucial, and may be the difference between catching fish and watching others catch fish. Reports of better than average blue salmon have filtered in from Pallarenda and Rowes Bay with live baits proving unbeatable on the top of the tide.

Once again barra continue to co-operate during the week with live mullet well and truly back on the menu. Live baits sent into holes and snags in the Bohle and Haughton River have seen more barra to the boat than any other species. Those trolling and luring have had the same success with some excellent barra taken from the Bohle and Haughton systems as well. With the wet season closing in it seems we may not see the grunter run we’d expect to see by now, with only patchy inconsistent reports saving it from disaster. Cattle, Bronte and Orient Creek has produced the best results for lure enthusiasts, with lots of small barra and jacks taken off snags with DOA prawns drifted down deep the way to go.

Spanish mackerel are still feeding ferociously out wide from shoals such as 12 mile off Alva Beach and Maggie shoals. Cape Cleveland has been producing some excellent fish around the 20kg mark, with reefs producing schooling specimens at around 6-8kg. The mackerel run may have something to do with the bait in the area. It seems schools of wolf herring have moved into the shoals and headlands which have triggered the feeding frenzy that’s upon us at present. The best method by far in this situation is wolf herring trolled dead slow, with many anglers finding baits getting hit on the way down. For a bit of action try using large poppers blooped across the surface. There’s only one fish that can pull drag while seven metres in mid air! Absolutely awesome sport fishing and visually the best way to catch them too! Acheron and the Paluma Shoals area has fished really well for spotted and school mackerel of late, with plenty of anglers cashing in on the tasty pelagic. Plenty of Red emperor and Nannygai have been caught around Broad Hurst and chicken reefs. Evening sessions have been more productive with morning sessions finding trout on the bite which is soon followed by the plague of red throats.

Northern Conquest Charters Report
The fishing has been exceptional lately with some nice red emperor catches with one fish of 11.5kg caught on the last trip. The coral trout have really fired up lately with some top quality fish coming on board also on recent trips. The Spanish mackerel seem to be in big numbers with bag limits reached in no time on the last few trips. They have been smashing almost anything you put in the water.

Friday 4th – 24hr trip: There are 6 spots left on tomorrows trip starting at 4pm and on the day one of these 6 bookings will be fully refunded, so some lucky angler will fish for FREE.
Sunday 6th – FATHERS DAY TRIP: There are still plenty of spots left on the Fathers Day trip with plenty of prizes to be won, with a special mention to the TACKLE WORLD crew for the kind donations for this trip. It should be a great day.
TACKLE WORLD VIP MEMBER discount: Simply present your VIP card to the crew at Northern Conquest Charters when you book a trip to receive $25 off.

With fantastic tides and weather for both creek and offshore fishing, it will be hard to decide on what option to settle with. With barra still on the chew and the close of barra season only weeks away, I’d be tempted to hang a mullet or two off a paternoster to notch up a few more barra. The flip side is that the weather is looking awesome for the weekend, and the Spanish mackerel that continue to dominate reports throughout the week should be taken advantage of. We have plenty of WOLF HERRING in Store.