Weekly Report 20 Nov 09

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Weekly Report 20 Nov 09

Post by Brad » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:56 am

The banks of crystal creek are still producing some excellent mangrove jacks of late with small poppers, hard bodied lures and soft plastics all working a treat. The pools at the end of shallow water rapids have been holding fish waiting in ambush for passing food making them easier to locate. Ross Creeks notorious bridges have been holding some monster mangrove jacks of late with hard bodied lures and plastics cast deep into pylons getting good results. The hard part is getting them out without severely chaffing line or losing fish. One report told of a red hot jack bite within an hour that consisted of 4 nice jacks, 2 of them falling into the 50cm bracket.

The creeks seem to have been a little quiet this week with the mangrove jack bite a little slower than last week. The Bohle River has still been producing some quality jacks of late but there has been some fantastic flathead willingly taking lures on the troll. The mouth of the Bohle has been the best location for flathead with the odd jack coming from there as well. Some excellent flathead have been caught off Alva beach as well with lead up to the new moon. Grunter love to get right up on the flats on the big tides with the best bite coming just on the turn of the tide. The Hinchinbrook channel produced a mixed bag of results with jacks, trevally, queenfish and cod keeping lure enthusiasts entertained over the weekend. With the wind creating a natural washing machine the water clarity up the channel inevitably turbid, with cleaner water found in the middle of the channel.

Once again the wind blew consistently over the weekend, but a handful of anglers got in before the closure and battled ‘The Perfect Storm’ conditions to get a reef fish in. They were well rewarded for their efforts with a mix bag of coral trout and red throat emperor, with the best fish of the trip a nice coral trout weighing in at around 10kg. From reports the fishing at Grub Reef was sensational and everyone was kept busy as the bite continued into the night. It wasn’t a pretty trip home but it goes to show how much the fishing can improve during the windy periods. Many have been capitalising on the reef closure and good weather recently to pursue the golden snapper or fingermark. Night sessions were complimented with glasses conditions and an abundance of squid, which made for an interesting night of fishing. Few fingermark were caught but the big grunter stole the limelight with fish up to 80cm caught on live squid, and up to dozen fish per session. Amongst them, the squid were thick and there were plenty of good size ones to make the ice box as well. A squid light and a scoop net was all that was necessary to secure this tasty cephalopod. In the Burdekin area, the grunter have been impressive with big grunter coming from the sand spit with the recent big tides.

With tides easing and weather looking sensational, I would be focussing my efforts fishing the inshore shoals, Slashers and Davies reefs. With good reports in these areas and no fishing pressure of late the fishing should be good.

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