Weekly Report 2o May 10

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Weekly Report 2o May 10

Post by Brad » Thu May 20, 2010 8:00 pm

Residents from the northern beaches have told me that the whiting, grunter and flathead are well and truly on the chew. Fishing the run out at night has seen grunter up to 70cm caught using fresh mullet fillets and fresh peeled local prawns. Early morning sessions while the winds are down has seen some monster whiting and good size flathead caught, with fresh peeled prawns doing most of the damage. Bushland beach has also fired of late with the same winter species caught with identical techniques. The Ross River Weirs have produced a few good fish of late, with the recent cool temperatures not phasing the barra. As the water cools surface lures will slow down and noisy bibbed lures will start to come into their own. Over the past week there has been a good run of banana prawns from the coastguard boat ramps. Many anglers have queued up at the small pontoon waiting for their chance to snare a few of the oversized prawns coming through.

Some good barra have been caught on live baits in the upper reaches of the Haughton and Cromarty creek with fish up to a metre still taking big live mullets. Those using live prawns are catching better numbers of barra and are also surprised with the size of the bream hitting the baits. The Bohle is also thick with big bream at the moment as live prawns intended for barra are being swamped by monster bream. More attention has been focussed on the recent croc sightings of late. As the temperature drops these reptiles will become more dominant on most riverbanks, and care should be taken around these predators. An excellent report of big flathead, big mangrove jacks and barra have been caught from the Wallace’s of late. Prime snags were almost a certainty for a big jack or barra when hard bodied lures were sent deep into enemy ground. Out on the flats big flathead had no problems chasing the same lures with up to 6 big fish landed in a session. The Hinchinbrook classic was on over the weekend and there was plenty of barra on the chew. Some managed up to 30 barra on the first day with only a few of good size, while another team showed how it should be done with one barra measuring over 120cm.

Oh the weather can be cruel sometimes! The weather outlook was supposed to be 10-15 knots over the weekend, but from what I heard it could be described as average at best. Many bounced out to the reef and were disappointed with the bottom fishing being quite slow. There was the usual haul of good coral trout and the ever present red throat but night sessions for red species proved difficult. The unstable conditions can sometimes shut down the fish, but I’m sure the moment the winds come down the fish will bite their heads off. A few anglers who intended to hit the reefs opted out and hit some of the wrecks instead. They found plenty of action with schools of big queenfish hitting anything from poppers to metal slices. There has also been a few good Spaniards caught while jigging the wrecks. The mackerel reports are getting thicker and thicker week to week with fresh reports of big Spaniards caught of Cape Cleveland. When the mackerel show up at Cape Cleveland you know the mackerel season is just about in full swing. Trolled wolf herring is crucial if you want to land a big Spaniard, and trolled lures will find the school size around 6-8kg.

Keep an eye on the weather and if Mother Nature allows, I’d definitely be looking at trolling wolf herring off Cape Cleveland. It’s a short journey and can turn on some of the best mackerel fishing in north Queensland with fish around 60lbs not uncommon. Another option would be to take advantage of the winter species around at the moment and try fishing the shallow sand bars at the mouth of the Haughton. For something different try using DOA prawns or Koolabung blades on the flats.

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