Weekly Report 28 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 28 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:50 pm

Once again Fisherman’s landing at Balgal beach has produced some excellent grunter right off the beach. Also a few good barra have been taken on live baits with night time sessions most productive. If mangrove jacks is what you’re after then Crystal Creek is where you want to be. Ideal snags have been holding up to 5 good size jacks around 40 to 45cm. A local gave me the hot tip that the jacks have been biting hard over the last week taking cubed pilchards and live baits. The barra have been impressive as well, with a keen female angler about 10yrs old nailing her first ever legal barra on a hard bodied lure cast from the bank. The weirs have been fishing well of late with fish around the 90cm mark falling for surface lures upon dark. Fizzers and stick baits have been working best but soft plastics have been most productive during daylight hours.

Across the board the fishing in local estuary systems in general was pretty slow. There were still a few good fish caught but there was a long wait between bites. It wasn’t until the turn of the tide that things started to liven up a bit. Live baits definitely produced a little better result with barra and jacks co-operating on live mullet baits. I have heard evening sessions using fresh mullet fillets has out fished live baits of late with barra up to 80cm finding the pre boned fillets easier to digest. Commercial netters have made fishing a little difficult as well working nearly everyday towards the closed season. The upper reaches of crocky creek produced a few good mangrove jacks on the turn of the tide. Soft plastics saw plenty of attention and there were excellent numbers of big black bream hitting plastics on almost every snag. The bream were so prolific they were easily sight casted on approaching snags. The grunter reports in the Hinchinbrook channel faded over the last week, obviously due to the windy conditions. But lure enthusiasts found numbers of smaller barra in sheltered area’s with not a lot of keepers to show for their efforts.

As the wet season draws near the winds are a friendly reminder of what to expect in the coming months. With untidy winds throughout last week there was very few game to take on Mother Nature. Only a handful took the chance to brave conditions and get out early for an inshore session. Inshore locations like Burdekin Rock and Rattlesnake Island were peppered with reasonable reports. Burdekin Rock produced a few good grunters early on both baits and soft plastics, with fish up to 70cm becoming more common. Rattlesnake Island has produced some fantastic pelagic action in the protected water behind the island. Super size queenfish over a metre long have been patrolling the passages that separate the Islands taking trolled lures and metal slices. Once hooked schools of queenies have been following their hooked mate to the boat, allowing many to simply cast poppers for a second hook up. Few reports of good size coral trout have been trolled up on deep diving lures from deep water structure in close to the islands.

Northern Conquest Charters Report
We haven't had much to report of late due to not spending a lot of time at sea. With what seems like late mango winds and a reef closure we have been itching to get back out to reef with the warmer weather upon us. Was still a bit bumpy on Saturday evening but we had a large group from one of our favourite towns join us. Hughenden has been absolutely fantastic to our business and am sure that we would have taken at least one hundred people on "Sir Reel" from the district. The fishing was quiet initially but later in the evening we hit upon some fantastic action off the northern edge of Grub reef. Sensational Red Emporer where joined by big Green Job Fish and plentiful Crimson Snapper. For those that where on deck at this stage, and there wasn't too many, a fantastic haul was pulled over the side. The next day we moved in close where the Trout played the game with 22 boated in fairly quick succession. Plenty of really good sized Red Throat also came aboard as well. Throw in a few Cod and some tasty Robinson Sea Bream and a great trip was had by all. The organizer of the trip Peter Carroll was also rewarded for his efforts throwing poppers with a nice macky attacking one and coming onto the boat.

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It’s your last chance to bag a barra before the close of season on Sunday. So get out to your favourite creek system and either find some big live mullet or throw a few lures around. Tides are near perfect with a good morning high and even a second bite time just after low as well. Let’s hope we have another cracker wet season and produce yet another bumper barra season like have had this year.

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