Weekly Report 15 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 15 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:07 pm

Fishermans landing at Balgal beach has been fishing well over the last week, with good size grunter pushing into the system. The incoming tide has seen anglers using prawn and squid baits catching more than enough grunter during a daytime session. We are fortunate enough to have such a great fishery right off the beach at Balgal, and it’s a great place to take the family as well. Pallarenda has remained the hotspot closer to town, with great salmon still being caught right off the beach on live baits. As we creep closer to the new moon we should see the big queenfish move in and hassle the bait schools. If baits not you’re your thing, large poppers and metal slices presented close to bait schools should see some attention. Salmon creek near Cungulla has also produced a few good size barra on live baits in the last week, with the flathead, bream and whiting slowing with the warmer weather.

It seems the barra are starting to school up and are just about ready to spawn, if they haven’t done so already. Lure enthusiasts are finding excellent numbers of barras around the 50cm range stacked up in snags, with the better size fish hanging down deeper. Remember when the water is as clear as it is this time of year, timber lures usually out fish’s audible style lures. Few systems have seen this trend with the Bohle, Black, Cattle and the Hinchinbrook the most productive. Live mullet sent into similar country have found good numbers of mangrove jacks with the first caught usually being the biggest as it dominates the smaller ones. Good eating size prawns have found the cast net at the mouth of Ross Creek of late, with the sandbar on the southern side of the system the best.

Not much to report from the reefs due to the weather this week, but many are still getting their fix off West Point and Cape Cleveland. Better than average size grunter are now being consistently caught in these areas of late, and with the finfish closure now upon us we should hear of more good reports over the next week. Mullet slab bait and fresh squid baits have been the best baits with evening sessions getting the better bite and larger fish. Grunter often bite best under the cover of darkness and the larger fish seem to like the dark as well. It often takes the turn of the tide to trigger a good bite and when it does the action can be red hot. Being a schooling fish, many get the bulk of their catch within a short time as the fish travel with the tide. Keep an eye out for shallow grassy patches that are often unfishable on smaller tides, as the grunter move in on these areas to forage on the bigger tides. Note the importance of the new moon which brings the bigger tides.

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With big tides, windy weather and the new moon upon us, creek fishing may be a little difficult. Keeping in mind the coral reef fin fish closure is now active only leaving us with pelagic and creek options. I would consider hiding inside Cape Cleveland and West Point focusing your efforts towards catching a few grunter. They love the big tides and the new moon, with fresh mullet fillet and live baits the best.

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