Weekly Report 2 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 2 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:39 am

Excellent reports of blue salmon, flathead, mangrove jacks and barra have come from Pallarenda in the last week. The blue salmon have preferred slab fish baits but live baits have been getting the bites as well. It seems the barra are starting to be more active with some exceptional fish taken from the beach on live baits. Fishing the big tides at night has been more productive for barra as they freely roam with the tide looking for a feed. Lure casters have had plenty of action off Pallarenda as well with plenty of flathead around the 50cm mark taking blades and soft plastics like the DOA prawn. In similar areas mangrove jacks have been caught but no big fish have been landed yet. Ross Creek is full of bait at the moment which has drawn big tarpon to hang underneath bridges such as Victoria and Lowths. From what I hear there hasn’t been many barra hanging underneath them, but I’m sure they wont be too far away! The tarpon have responded best to small soft plastics particularly in the prawn style with a light weight jig head.

The Burdekin systems have really impressed this week with sensational reports of monster flathead and good numbers of blue salmon coming from them. Areas such as Phillips landing and Alva Beach being the hotspots this week. Morrissey’s has continued to provide excellent fingermark particularly on live baits, but the odd one has been caught on the troll. To the delight of many, good size grunters have started to move into the system as well with slab and live baits proving the best. Big yellow fin bream have also been caught in Morrissey’s as well, and it won’t be long now until their numbers drop away. Still plenty of barra getting caught in both the Bohle and Morrissey’s with live baits definitely the way to go for the bigger barra. Majority of the big fish are coming from the deeper holes with good numbers coming from snags. Lure enthusiasts have been kept busy with plague numbers of barra schooling in snags with hard bodied lures working best. One report told of 16 barra most of them just undersize coming from one snag!

Due to the weather there hasn’t been too much joy coming from the outer reefs. Tuna seem to be abundant at the moment with many being caught on trolled lures. Those casting metals have said that they have been very spooky and venture down deep once the boat get too close. Still plenty of Spaniards getting around with Cape Cleveland proving to be the best location inshore, with wolf herring lasting only minutes in the right location. Finally some good reports of excellent sized grunter being caught from Cape Cleveland and West Point. Reports are that the numbers aren’t good but the quality of the fish is pleasing with specimens up to 75cm taken. Fresh squid and slab baits the best even beating live squid which has left untouched for hours. Closer to town the grey and school mackerel have shown a resurgence in numbers and have been taken more so on metals than on baits. Good fish up to 4kg have been common when lures are cast and cranked at high speed from around the shipping channel markers. The Rattlesnake group is still producing some excellent spanish mackerel as well around Cordelia rocks with drifted pilchards and live baits doing most of the damage. The inshore shoals off Alva Beach has produced some excellent red emperors and nannygai’s during the week, a bit of a surprise to see such good fish in close this time of year.

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With a good tide change coinciding with sunrise and lead up to the full moon, things look perfect for whatever fishing you end up doing. But once again we seem to be blessed with another weekend of calm conditions and a shot at the doggy mackerel around the shipping channel would be a great option. Drifting pillies for those who want to relax or casting metals for the sport fishers should see some action over the weekend.

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