Weekly Report 17 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 17 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:46 pm

Ross creek is still full of prawns and massive schools of mullet at the moment. Where there is bait, there are predators and they have been following the waves of bait. Best fishing has been on the turn of the tide with some excellent mangrove jacks being caught on one of my favourite lures, the DOA prawns. Koolabung blades have also been working well when fishing the deeper stretches of the creek, with jacks, cod, grunter and small fingermark coming to the party. The sand bar at the end of the casino rockwall is also full of prawns at the moment, and prawns sent live off the wall has produced some good size grunter and trevally. Night sessions have been most productive with the odd fingermark around the 60cm size mixing up the nights fishing. Good size buck mud crabs have been caught right off the beach near Cungulla and Salmon creek. Dilly pots have been working best as regular check ups seem to entice the bigger crabs into the pot, as the smaller crabs
can be bullied out.

Only good reports have been coming from the Bohle not only this week but this whole month, with consistent reports of prawns still in the system and good fish being caught. One regular told that it only took 3 casts of a drawstring cast net to meet his limit of a 10 litre bucket. Live prawns presented near the mouth of the Bohle saw many bagging some excellent grunter with the average fish measuring around the 60-70cm range, and in good numbers too with as many as 8 good fish landed in a single session. Some consistent reports of good size bucks full of meat are finally being caught in the Haughton and Morrissey’s system of late. Of course you had to sort through the many undersize ones and many oversized jennies, but 10 legal bucks has been a common occurrence. Ocean creek has produced a few good mangrove jacks of late with small bibbed lures trolled close to timber enticing the little red rockets. Also those hand casting small lures and plastics have produced good numbers of mangrove jacks, but the majority of them have been small.

Some excellent reports have been coming from the wider reefs over the last week, with the shoals around Arab and Needle reef turning on some fantastic night time red fishing. Anglers were kept busy almost instantly on sunset as the big reds put on a clinic and esky’s were constantly re-arranged to accommodate for the nights catch. Large mouth and red emperor’s made up the majority of the nights catch, and the fish were left biting as the boys wanted to fit in a few trout first thing in the morning. Off Lucinda the Spanish mackerel are as abundant as dengue fever is in South Townsville, with Rib reef producing its notorious November/December mackerel spawning run. If you don’t know where the mackerel are around Rib, just look for the 20 or 30 boats trolling monotonously and jump in the queue. The mackerel have been of substantial size too with the average fish sitting at around 10 to 15kgs. Simply trolling bibbed lures like the halco in the red and black pattern and classic bluewater’s around 6 knots haven’t failed yet.

Some good weather is expected for this weekend, so I doubt there will be many boats in the creeks this weekend. Once again inshore spots like the Rattlesnake Island group and Cape Cleveland would be sensible options for smaller boats. Those blessed with larger vessels should look at hitting the outer shoals that surround reefs like Arab and Needle, with evening tides near perfect for deep water fishing chasing reds.

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