Weekly Report 5 Jun 10

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Weekly Report 5 Jun 10

Post by Brad » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:48 pm

The winter species once again dominate local land based reports with Black River proving one of the best systems of late. A regular recently purchased his first Koolabung blade and told how he managed to poach a 42cm bream from a land based rock bar on his first cast. No surprises to see him back in the shop to expand his blade collection. It’s been tough like drawing blood from a stone, but I have been tipped that plenty of big whiting have been caught down near Cungulla. Now locations have been kept quiet, but obvious spots that have previously produced good fish have been Salmon Creek and the sand bar off Cungulla. With the calm mornings upon us the strand jetty locals have said there are plenty of doggy mackerel and even good size golden trevallys around at the moment. Also there has been many undersized Spanish mackerel caught, hopefully in a few weeks a few legal ones might show up.

Some recent reports of good barra being caught in local creeks from Cleveland bay have surfaced, particularly by those using lures cast or trolled. It seems the barra are starting to school up in snags and ledges as big numbers of barra have been caught once they are found. Recent weather has allowed crabbers to set pots on the flats in Cleveland bay and have managed to pull plenty of legal crabs, with the usual assortment of undersized bucks and jennies amongst them. The mouth of the Burdekin River has produced some of the best fishing that I have heard of for a long time. A Mum, Dad and daughter trio fished the mouth in a secret location and told of a hot session landing 7 legal barra on lures. Happy with their efforts they decided to troll out of the mouth towards another spot and hooked up to a good Spaniard, a rare combination in many anglers esky no doubt. Cattle creek has seen plenty of attention of late, and for good reason too with plenty of good size barra still taking live baits set in deep holes. Also those willing to troll over deep structure have found good size barra, jacks and fingermark.

Plenty to chat about this week as inshore hot spots such as the shipping channel and West Point really start to fire. Doggy or school mackerel have infested these areas finding it near impossible to miss out on catching these fantastic table fish. Lures like the new Bolt Mystique trolled near channel markers and over wrecks have tempted good school mackerel around 60cm. There has been the odd report of Spanish mackerel hitting these lures, but have proved too strong for those using lighter rods intended for the school mackerel. A little wider at the shoals and the Spanish mackerel are thick as thieves at the moment, with many anglers meeting their bag limit early. Fish are still averaging around 6-8kg with the bigger specimens coming from trolled wolf herring baits off area’s like Cape Cleveland. At the opposite end of the water column the red emperor continue to show strong presence, with good fish up to 12kg coming from shoaly areas around Broadhurst Reef and deeper water around Faraday. Also the recent reports have indicated that the sharks have been getting their fair share of fish of late, making it hard work to fill the esky.

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