Weekly Report 10 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 10 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:03 pm

LAND BASED
Once again Pallarenda has excelled and produced some excellent land based fishing of late. Blue salmon have made up the majority of the reports from the area but a few barra the cut with a couple stretching into the 90cm mark. Fresh slab baits have been more productive but live baits should see some attention as well. Grunter have really started to show signs of a late comeback with good reports stemming from those fishing from the Lucinda jetty. Word is, that the water has finally started to clear up near Lucinda and the grunter have started to move back into the creeks. Some good reports are beginning to come from the casino rockwall in recent weeks with good mangrove jacks and barra taken on lures during the evening. Not too much to report from the weirs of late, but I’d suspect with the weather really heating up and humidity starting to draw sweat the barra fishing there should really switch on.

INSHORE
Consistent reports of superb grunter and fingermark are coming from the Hinchinbrook channel. Deep water with a rubbly bottom has been the ideal location for good size fingermark and grunter, with better than average sizes to match. Both species have been tamed with a simple rig using squid and good local prawn baits. Most of the grunter have averaged around the 70cm mark with fingermark slightly smaller around the 60cm size, still an exceptional fish. Night sessions have been more productive, but good fish can still be found during daylight hours. One report through the grapevine told of one grunter measuring a staggering 96cm, a monster fish. Also I have been told that the crabs have been in good numbers of late with 90% of them full of meat. The Burdekin River has fished well of late with mangrove jacks stepping up to the plate and taking more of a liking to slab baits. The barra in the Burdekin River have also improved with large live mullets picking up some really good size barra off snags.

OFFSHORE & BAY
The reefs were a bit patchy over the last weekend, with few catching some quality fish and others describing the bite as slow. It seems the closer reefs like Keeper and bramble fished well for red throat and mackerel but the trout were far and few between. As for the reefs out wider like chicken and grub, good size trout and red throat were easily found during the day with some nice reds taken during the twilight hours. There are still plenty of mackerel roaming around Keeper reef taking trolled lures and also taking drifted pilchards at anchor. Grunter have also shown up at West Point with best sessions occurring at night. Fish around the 70cm mark have been caught with similar results coming from inside Cape Cleveland as well. Once again squid and slab baits the most productive method.

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SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
With a gentle run in the tide this weekend and water clarity at its best, I would pack the hard bodies and plastics and chase some barra before the close season. Hand casting or trolling lures in the smaller creeks like Cattle and Cocoa should see plenty of barra and jacks caught.

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