Weekly Report 18 Feb 10

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Weekly Report 18 Feb 10

Post by Brad » Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:48 pm

Good numbers of undersize barra have been coming from Aplins weir of late, with the bigger fish preferring live baits. Not many real big fish have been captured, but with the rain building the moon approaching I’m sure phase 2 of Aplins mayhem will commence soon. The pick of the land based spots has to be the casino rockwall. Since the rain started it has produced some excellent barra particularly on lures cast on the inside wall. It’s also an excellent location to plant a few live baits, and is a proven provider of some of the biggest saltwater barras. This time of year a lot of fish like to escape the fresh influence and hit the beaches to find the salt. Many anglers have taken advantage of this fishing with live baits off Bushland beach with success. Perfect table size barra averaging 65cm have been more than a common catch with the odd salmon spicing up the ice box as well.

The same scenario with the fish moving towards the mouths and beaches has been evident in the Haughton River. Although the fishing upstream has slowed considerably the fishing is red hot along the sandbars and channels near the mouth. Barra have been the most frequent catch but there has been a few grunter taking live baits intended for barra, and of good size too with fish around 70cm surfacing. While the water is still very turbid in the upper reaches of Crocodile creek, I have been informed to try the channel in the mouth of Crocky. Live mullets set on the outgoing tide have consistently produced big grunter, salmon and barra in the slightly cleaner water. Also the crabs are red hot on the flats off Crocky, with one check of the pots producing 9 legal bucks. Another system absolutely on fire at the moment is the Bohle River. Live baits haven’t failed yet whether fishing way up stream or at the mouth, there aren’t too many missing out on taking home a good feed of barra. If you have never caught a barra before, it’s the best time to bag one but you got to be in it to win it!

With the storms swirling around Townsville the wind has been a little unpredictable, although a few mornings have been calmer than expected. A few have fished around the shipping channel markers early and were surprised to find doggy mackerel still around taking drifted pilchards. Amongst them there has been an inundation of undersize nannygai around the markers and also off inshore wrecks off west point. Offshore the fishing has improved a touch with many finding trout a lot easier to catch, particularly around the slashers group. Red throat however have been making the esky and fish tally’s look a little better, and of good size too. A great consolation prize when the trout aren’t on the chew. The offshore wrecks have been on fire for those willing to try a little sport fishing. Big bludger trevally, giant trevally, tea leafs and rainbow runners are thick on the wrecks smashing 60 and 120 grams reef snax, with the 60 gram model in the red colour doing the most damage. Soft plastics worked as effectively but can be a little expensive after a few drops.

With the amount of water around of late, I would be looking to cast lures into any drains or gutters flowing into rivers and creeks. If the boat needs a run than maybe try trolling or live baiting rivers such as the Haughton or the Bohle, as these have been very productive. With the neap tides around it should make finding fish and fishing a little easier.

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