Weekly Report 22 Apr 10

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Weekly Report 22 Apr 10

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:12 pm

Good weather and the new moon saw the jelly prawns migrate past the strand bringing with it good size barra and big schools of golden trevally in the super clear water. Small soft plastics were the perfect offering to a school of hungry golden’s which were heavily fixed on the jelly prawns. Also with the recent big tides some outstanding catches of big barra have been caught on live baits near Pallarenda. It won’t be long before we see the big grunter turn up here as well. The casino rockwall has been loaded with small trevally and blue salmon providing heaps of fun on small poppers and minnows. Ross River has settled now and reports are that the winter species have moved in. One angler told of a super session where he managed to land 13 big whiting the biggest being 34cm. Keep in mind the sand bar at the mouth of the Ross River has an excellent yabby bed that holds big whiting and flathead. Fish the run out and look for deeper gutters that will hold the bigger fish.

The Hinchinbrook channel has been the most consistent fish producing system of late with good reports of barra still coming from drains and snags on lures. The Easter rain saw many pack up tents early and avoid the downpour although many fished rain, hail or shine. Those who worked the Lucinda jetty found plenty of pelagic action with metre plus queenfish co-operating with poppers, providing non stop entertainment with its trademark aerial display. Below the surface soft plastics cast around the pylons have produced some respectable fingermark around 70-80cm. A little further south and crystal creek has been producing some monster barra of late with one local junior Kyle Service landing his personal best fish of 115cm, a great fish. Also with the water clarity near perfect many have found respectable jacks laid up in gutters taking small soft plastics on the low tide. The Bohle has seen the grunter start to out number the barra captures of late with fish around 70cm becoming more common as we approach winter. Fishing the deep holes with small live baits and fresh slab baits have worked best.

The last bit of good weather was nothing short of sensational, although the reports were very unstable. Those fishing the deeper water around Faraday were blown away with massive green job fish around the metre mark coming out of 80-100m of water. If baits got through them they were then connected to the impressive red emperor that averaged the 10kg mark. Not a bad weekend for some while others had struggled to boat any good keppers from reliable hotspots. John Brewer and Lodestone reef had plenty of boats littered around them but the amount of bait on these reefs kept predators nearby. Coral trout, red throat, spangled emperor and spanish mackerel all bit well early in the morning with the change of tide slowing the bite considerably. The inshore shoals have started to come alive of late with fantastic reports of large mouth nannygai up to 8kg taking baits on sunset. Reports are that the numbers are good too, with up to 10 fish making the deck before the bite shuts down. The spanish mackerel reports have started to flow in from many areas, with spots as close as magnetic island producing good schooling fish around 8-10kg. From the amount of wolf herring we have sold over the last week the general consensus is that the mackerel ‘are on’. While the average fish size has been around 8-10kg, the numbers are good with trolled lures and wolf herring lasting only minutes. Good reports have also come from the shoals off Alva beach as well with wolf herring the only way to go.

Keep a close eye on the weather over the coming days and if the early morning winds remain light leading into the weekend, I’d be gearing up to chase a few Spaniards. Look at areas like Cape Cleveland, Maggie Shoals, Rattlesnake Island and the Palm Island group to troll a few wolf herring. With the mackerel reports starting to come in strong give the morning a red hot crack before the winds pick up, as you only need one good Spaniard to make it a successful day.

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