Weekly Report 11 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 11 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:31 am

Still plenty of bait in all local systems at the moment, with prawns the thickest they have been all year. Ross creek is full of prawns with mangrove jacks, fingermark and trevally all in for the feed. Surface lures used early in the morning has worked best for the larger trevally and small soft plastics seem to be tempting the smaller fish. Fish Ross creek around low tide as the fish are forced to seek refuge in the deeper holes, which make them much easier to locate. A few blokes have been fishing the strand beaches of late with some good salmon up to a metre long being caught. Live baits and fresh slab baits have been the key to targeting this excellent table fish. They won’t give up any locations in particular, but did say that fishing the top of the big tides and the run out was producing the goods. With the new moon approaching and tides building the bite should continue, if not get better.

The Bohle is still alive with bait at present, with prawns in particular what many people are chasing. Anglers are having no trouble reaching their quota worth of prawns, and they have said the prawns are of good quality eating size. It seems the fingermark have started to move into the creeks as more and more reports come in from Morrissey’s in particular. Green back herring sent live into deep structure has produced some good fingermark around the 60cm size. They have been schooling up with as many as a dozen fish landed, and many unidentified road trains leaving leaders tethered. But other sessions on similar tides and location have also seen no attention at all. Crystal Creek has continued to produce good numbers of mangrove jacks of late. Live baits set on rock bars and snags have worked best but not many big ones have been recorded.

A few locals from the Burdekin managed to sneak out in the last window of good weather and didn’t have to look far for some good table fish. Red throat and coral were abundant and bag limits were easily met. At night the reds didn’t want to co-operate with day time sessions by far the best time to concentrate your efforts. Spanish mackerel just won’t go away with good numbers and fish averaging 15kg coming from majority of the inshore reefs. The good old drifted pilchard is still the most productive method for targeting the mackerel, although trolling lures around 6 knots has been producing some good fish a well. Grub reef has been the place to be for big coral trout in recent weeks with fish averaging 5kg a more than common catch. But the key has been big live baits. If a big trout is around and a livie enters its personal space, I guarantee it won’t last long. There have been some big bait schools working off the back of Maggie Island and an abundance of predators working amongst them. Mack tuna, long tail tuna and big golden Trevally’s to name a few have been following the flow of bait, as I’ve said before you never know what else may lurk beneath. These schools have been known to hold the odd coral trout

With the lead up to the new moon and the tides building, I would be looking at getting out early and fishing the Rattlesnake Island group. With good reports of pelagic activity, try throwing slices and plastics into bait schools.

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