Weeklu Report 24 Oct 09

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Weeklu Report 24 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:41 am

With last weeks bigger tides Pallarenda has produced some excellent salmon taken straight off the beach. There were plenty of jelly prawns moving along the beach with the approaching new moon which saw plenty of predators lurking the flats. Big tarpon were found rolling amongst the jelly prawns and were easily tempted with small lightly weighted soft plastics. With them schools of small trevally were in on the feeding frenzy and had to be quick to beat the tarpon to the plastics. The ever reliable Ross Creek is still holding plenty of trevally’s, small queenfish and the odd barra. But there are more and more small fingermark being caught in and around Lowths and Victoria Bridge. Which means the deeper water should be holding some of the bigger fingermark which usually enter creek systems this time of year.

The Hinchinbrook channel has yet again produced some quality fish over the last week with barra, jacks, salmon and grunter prolific. Another grunter caught in the vicinity of Haycock Island measured 90cm this week, and plenty more averaging 60-70cm has given relief to the die hard grunter fisherman who have waited all year for this. Threadfin Salmon are becoming more of a common occurrence up the channel as well, with live baits placed in holes near creek junctions seeing fish over a metre caught. Many have had good success on trolled lures as well picking up salmon and some excellent barra particularly at first light.

Down towards Ayr the bream are well and truly on the chew in most systems, but Plantation Creek in particular is producing the better numbers. The Burdekin River is still the place to be for big barra, with plenty of reports coming from big live baits set deep into snags. The barra are finding big live mullet irresistible, and the advantage of using big baits means you will usually see big fish. Plenty of legal size mud crabs getting around at the moment. The flats out the front of Ross River have started to produce some good crabs, but Hinchinbrook once again takes all the glory with not a lot to complain about. Reports are that the crabs are all full and the ones that don’t measure up are only millimetres under.

Last Thursday and Friday were the best days for weather and many headed out to Keeper Reef with few venturing further. Keeper Reef held plenty of Spaniards around the 6-8kg mark with drifted live and pilchard baits most productive, and bottom fishing proved to be a little slow. Those throwing poppers for GT’s not only got stretched by fish up to 20kg’s, but were harassed by schools of shark mackerel excited by the surface action. Schools of long tail tuna were chasing bait schools around Keeper as well with some good fish around the 8kg mark taking a liking to small soft plastics and even stickbaits. Many tried to get out wide over the weekend but were forced to seek refuge behind Maggie Island and Cape Cleveland. There were still plenty fish found in these area’s with grunter once again easy to find. Burdekin Rock has produced some excellent grunter up to 70cm, with a few anglers mentioning that the grunter were willingly picking up gulp plastics jigged close to the bottom. Still a few mackerel being caught from cape Cleveland with wolf herrings pretty much the only bait they will touch.

The wind looks like it may hang around for Saturday but ease for Sunday. So Saturday should be ideal to flick some lures in the Haughton or Morrissey’s system. Smaller tides make it easier to drift and flick snags, and there’s always somewhere to hide from the wind. If Sunday holds out a trip to Keeper Reef for a crack at some Spanish mackerel would be a more sensible option just in case the wind picks up.

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