Weekly Report 29 Apr 10

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Weekly Report 29 Apr 10

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:33 pm

Although the windy conditions over the last few weeks have been a little less than ideal for beach fishing there have still been some nice catches coming from the first few hours early in mornings before the winds get up. Reports of quality bream and whiting have been coming from most of the Northern beaches. Land based anglers have also been catching some nice golden trevally around the strand jetty and rock pool lately with koolabung blades working a treat. The upper reaches of Crystal creek is fishing quite well for light line anglers looking for a bit of fun with some great sooty grunter taking small minnow lures in recent weeks. Pallarenda Beach has been producing some nice grunter in recent weeks also.

Last weekends big tides made it hard to fish some areas however those that fished the backwater and changes in tides found some nice barra and mangrove jack. The Hinchinbrook channel continues to produce barra on lures. The creeks in the Burdekin area are slowly showing signs of improved catches of whiting and bream with some good catches reported lately. The creeks running into Bowling Green Bay where a little slow probably due the big tidal run on the weekend. The reports of prawns have started to trickle in with monster banana prawns coming from the usual spot this time of year, but often reports of prawns only reach us after it is all over so it is best to keep your ears to the ground when it comes to chasing these big banana prawns, but one thing I can tell you they do tend to peak in numbers around the moon.

The conditions have been a bit ordinary lately with not many opportunities to get offshore. However of the few that have braved the conditions the reports have been very good with plenty of coral trout and red throat emperor making up the catches. The Spanish mackerel seem to be a little early this year with good catches coming from many of the shoals off Townsville and the Burdekin, fingers crossed we are in for a great session. There are also signs of tuna coming closer to the coast, the long tails have been a little hard to find in recent years but there has been some reports recently of larger tuna breaking the surface which makes me think that they might be long tails and not the usual macktuna. There has also been reports of big schools of monster green back herring inside the Cape which is great news for this years mackerel and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of some nice fingermark caught in this area soon. Grunter catches have gone a little quiet however there have been a few reports from around the Pallarenda area recently.

With the strong wind forecast this weekend the creeks and rivers are most likely to produce fish this weekend. Saturday’s tides look like the best at this stage with reasonable tidal flow, after that Sunday and Monday the tides start to slow up considerably. Both the Haughton River and Morrissey systems should produce some nice fish on the Saturday. Tide Times Full Moon: 28th April 10

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