Weekly Report 12 Nov 09

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Weekly Report 12 Nov 09

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:46 pm

With the overcast conditions and humidity steadily climbing, the mangrove jacks have jumped up a gear as well with some fantastic catches coming from the bank on dead bait. The most productive system close to town has been the ever reliable Bohle River. Fresh mullet fillets drifted into snags and eddies has produced some quality fish over the 50cm mark, an outstanding fish without leaving soil. Whispers of Rooney’s bridge starting to produce some good size jacks have filtered in, and it doesn’t surprise me either. With excellent structure and conditions near perfect at the moment, all you need is a run out tide to set yourself up for some action.

The Burdekin region takes all the glory this week, with the mouth of the Burdekin River turning on some excellent fingermark fishing over the last week. All manner of baits were presented to them but they just didn’t see the attention that a big live prawn drew. The bigger the prawn the less time it spent in the water. It could be that the fingermark have moved into the creeks to sit out the windy weather before taking residence back on the headlands and wrecks. The Burdekin River has also consistently produced good numbers of crabs, and should improve as the rain begins to fall and flush out the rusty bucks nestled deep in mud banks. Although numbers have been healthy the quality has been frustrating with many coming up empty. The rain should see an abundance of prawns around as well, which have been a little patchy throughout the year. Oddly a late surge of big winter whiting has come from Phillip’s landing as well. With the bream and whiting on the chew, it’s a small consolation prize to make up for the close of barra season.

Unfortunately the wind has been so ferocious that even a drive down to the Strand has been enough to make you feel sea sick! Haven’t heard of anything from out wide but hopefully as the wind drops and the reef closure comes to an end some reports start to flow through.

Once again the wind looks like it may hang around for the weekend, but there is a light of hope that conditions may improve as of Monday onwards. But as for a weekend fish the tides look too big for small creeks and I would look at deeper, wider creeks like crocky for some grunter and fingermark action.

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