Weekly Report 4 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 4 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:39 pm

The casino rock wall has been fishing well of late with evening sessions producing some great mangrove jacks. Small live baits and chunks of pilchards have been most effective on the jacks, with the night time change of tide the best period to concentrate your efforts. Also there have been a few blokes coming into the shop with empty spools as fish to big to handle made short work of the lighter gear. Pallarenda has maintained its good reputation of late, with some good grunter still patrolling the flats on the turn of the tide. Schools of trevally and tarpon have moved in feeding on the jelly prawns that are moving with the flow of the tide.

Only one good report from Morrissey’s of late with one red hot session producing 5 mangrove jacks on live baits in a secret location within an hour. A few deep holes in the upper reaches of the Bohle have produced some quality mangrove jacks of late with live baits working best. A handful of anglers have managed to snare a few black bream in other hot spots normally holding good size jacks. The creeks in the Burdekin area have also been producing the odd good feed of black bream. Live baits presented at the mouth of Crocky creek has tempted some better than average size salmon, with the best action coming from the mouth. In general the fishing in the estuaries has been a little slow. We should see things improve as the wet approaches which will reset all the creeks, with old snags disappearing and new ones to be found.

Still an abundance of Spanish mackerel around at the moment, with the reefs producing Glenn McGrath figures as four or five Spaniards have been caught in succession. Keeper, Grub and Brittomart reefs are all producing excellent mackerel with drifted ganged pilchards sent out from the back of the boat the most productive method. The coral trout in these areas have been a little slow over the weekend, but it seems the reds have made up for the lack of activity during the day. Some good reports of large mouth nannygai up to 8kg have been caught on some rubbly patches off Keeper reef over the weekend. But the sharks moved in after a few good fish were boated resulting in a constant shift of location throughout the night. There’s been a steady increase in the use of soft plastics on the reef, with more and more people giving it a go these days. A few regulars have been using the Sesame soft plastics and have had good results particularly on coral trout and red throat. They have a long shad tail for optimal action and I have personally used these with great success. Closer to shore Cape Cleveland, Burdekin rock and West Point have all proved that the lead up to the full moon is more than productive for grunter, with quality fish in good numbers caught in these areas of late. Fingermark reports have been a little slow of late but should improve as we stray towards the new moon.

There’s a big influence in the tide this weekend which may make fishing in the creeks a little difficult. With these tides I would concentrate my efforts fishing the creek mouths that spill into the northern beaches. There’s a good chance of picking up a few salmon and grunter on slab and live baits.

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