Weekly report 22 Sep 09

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Weekly report 22 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:41 pm

The lakes continue to produce some excellent jacks this week with soft plastics being most effective. There has been some small barra in amongst them as well with lures worked slower than death most effective. Bream are still thick at the lakes but seem to have wised up to lures and soft plastics, with fresh baits producing best results. The weirs have started pick up with a lot more joy coming from those throwing lures. Big barra are beginning to move around and round up baitfish before they move in to feed. They have been difficult to get a bite, but best results are coming from large soft plastics. One report told of barra boofing senselessly around a school of baitfish but when surface lures were sent they ignored them time and time again. It wasn’t until plastics were sent wider of the school that bites were finally attracted. Hot of the press Alva Beach is on fire with plenty of big grunter, finger mark and barra coming from the spit. Also along most of the beach proper there has been plenty of quality flathead. Slab baits are working a treat for the grunter and live mullet seem to be the choice of bait for the barra and fingermark.

The Lutjanus family has shown their true colours lately with mangrove jacks and fingermark on the chew in the creeks at the moment. The Bohle and Morrissey’s has held good fish of late with live baits doing most of the damage. Lures trolled or cast into ideal snags are finding plenty of jacks waking up from their winter slumber and showing impressive size and numbers. One report told of a father and son managing to land 12 legal jacks on live baits from an undisclosed location in Morrissey’s, the best measuring 52cm. Hinchinbrook has turned it on once again with good barra and jack reports particularly from those throwing hard bodied lures. Reports are that the water has only just started to clear up from the wet, and usual spots are beginning to produce again. Also the big sand bars in the channel have produced some superb sessions catching queenfish and trevally on surface lures with small poppers being the best. Although the fish haven’t broken any world records, they have been in good numbers with many attacking in numbers making great visual sport fishing. The Haughton is the only system of late that has still been fishing well for bream. Most of the bream caught have been black bream but there has been odd yellow fin bream caught as well.

It seems the inshore wrecks have really picked up of late with plenty of cobia and trevally’s taking metal slices and well presented baits. During evening sessions large mouth nannygai up to 8kg have been taking fresh squid baits and fresh flesh baits, although only managing to land 2 or 3 before they shut down. Spanish mackerel are still present around these wrecks as well with best bites coming from trolled lures first thing in the morning. Closer to Maggie, good reports of fingermark have Chinese whispered their way into the shop, with some exceptional fish up to 90cm caught recently. The squid are abundant at night which is usually the trigger to a good fingermark session. To catch squid all you need is a good light source and a fine gauge scoop net. Squid will congregate around light and are hands down the best fingermark bait.

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The weekend tides are perfect for fishing the shallow creeks and narrow creeks. With little run, these creeks usually have a bit more influence and the water is generally clearer. Live baiting creeks such as Morrissey’s, Haughton and Cattle would be ideal to chase a few jacks. Make sure you fish deep into structure to target jacks, as they like to ambush from heavy cover and are challenging to turn.

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