Weekly Report 25 Mar 10

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Weekly Report 25 Mar 10

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:16 pm

The gates are once again open in Ross Dam which means all three weirs are in full flow. Early morning sessions using surface lures like fizzers have produced plenty of strikes, then switching to soft plastics and hard bodies lures have done the trick when the sun comes up. Also early morning sessions at the bottom of Aplins, in conjunction with the morning high tide has seen some good barra around 80cm caught on soft plastics. Reasonably calm conditions in the morning have enticed a few anglers to throw out some live baits off Pallarenda of late. Big tides and calm weather saw barra, salmon and queenfish falling victim to the offerings. The good fishing should continue through to the weekend with the tides and calm early morning conditions perfect for that area.

Recent rain has seen the rivers cop run off number 4 for 2010. With most of the debris now washed out to sea, there should be no dramas fishing all systems. With the big tides this weekend the salt water will still push up underneath the fresh and the water clarity shouldn’t be too bad either. Before the rain the Bohle continued to fish well with a few grunter starting to show up in the system. The Haughton saw only a few barra caught as the bite slowed lead up to Ului, but the mangrove jacks took over with plenty caught well upstream on lures off snags. Crocky Creek fished well for barra and fingermark on live baits upstream, with some good size salmon around 80cm starting to show up as well. Lure enthusiasts continue to talk up the Hinchinbrook channel as well with the barras still on the chew of snags. But just as many jacks have been caught providing a bit of variety to the days bag. Those in the know trolling the Channel have pulled some excellent barras of late with fish near on and over a metre the average to expect.

The only sign of movement from reef anglers came from those moving boats into shelter from cyclone Ului. With a good break from reef fishing, the fish should well and truly on the chew when the weather comes good. By the feel of the cool mornings and recent rain, I would not be surprised if we start to hear of some mackerel reports. Just keep in mind we still have plenty of wolf herring in mint condition and are pretty hard to beat come mackerel season.

Good tides this weekend to hide inside cape Cleveland and set a few live baits for barra and salmon. Also try setting some live baits on the flats in the bays as big grunter can be caught there at times. Another option out of the wind is to try live baiting west point close to the rocks. Some good barra can be caught and there’s also a chance of bagging a fingermark or rogue coral trout.

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