Weekly Report 10 Jun 10

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Weekly Report 10 Jun 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:26 pm

Good to see that the grunter reports from the northern beaches has continued over the last week, with recent catches described as almost too easy. Evening sessions using a simple rig with dead squid or prawn baits has been more than efficient. Fishing the run out with ideally the bigger tides should produce the goods. Cungulla saw some fishing pressure over the weekend with many heading down there to chase a few winter whiting. The yabby beds off Doughboy are full of oversized yabbies at the moment which makes finding fish easier than you think. Where the yabby beds are you will find many species that will cruise on these flats to forage on the high tide. Good size flathead and big whiting are regular catches in these areas.

The Haughton and Burdekin Rivers have been consistent of late with good catches of quality whiting and flathead coming from both these creeks. Yabbies and peeled prawns are working best on the whiting with live and strip baits producing the lion share of flathead caught on bait. The lure brigade is also having a tone of fun with plenty of top shelf flathead being caught on both soft plastics and small poppers cast over the shallows. Flathead love soft plastics and one of my favourites would have to be the DOA shrimp in the pink colour. If you have never tried soft plastics then this is the time to start as flathead are probably one of the easiest of all fish to catch on plastics. Look for gutters draining off the sand flats and cast a DOA or two around the entrance and I am sure you will have success. Try to stay as far away from the drain as possible (at the extent of your casting distance) to avoid spooking the fish. For more details on retrievals and how to work the plastics just drop into the shop and we would love to steer you in the right direction.

It is still worth mentioning that there have been a few barra willing to take live prawns and lures in the Haughton although it is becoming more and more difficult as the water temperature cools. The Barratta and Morrissey creeks have been fishing particularly well for both yellow fin and pikey bream in recent weeks with the odd quality mangrove jack also smashing strip baits. There have also been plenty of reports of grunter in most creeks however they tend to be on the smallish side which is good news for the peek period for grunter later in the year. Fingers crossed we are in for a pearler of a grunter run come Oct-Nov.

In saying that I have had a report from a couple of blokes who fished overnight at the Coconut shoal off Alva Beach recently catching some very nice grunter around the 70cm mark and some top quality fingermark on live squid. Fingermark catches tend to become quite rare as we head into the cooler months. The 12mile shoal has also been producing some very nice Spanish mackerel and the odd small mouth nannygai off the bottom. Closer to the coast the Spanish mackerel are starting to show up around Cape Upstart with some nice fish being caught on big garfish rigged on wogheads. The red and black Halco and red bolt lure have been accounting for there fair share of fish also.

In both Cleveland and Halifax bay the reports of School mackerel (Doggies) continue to come in thick and fast, however there is one thing that I should mention, there is a lot of undersize Spanish mackerel in the bay at the moment so do make sure you can tell the difference between the mackerels as small Spaniards can sometimes be difficult to tell apart. Probably the easiest way is to check the front dorsal fin. The school mackerel will have a jet black fin with a large patch of intense white in the back half of the fin, small Spanish mackerel will not have this fin colour.

Cape Cleveland has also been producing the odd quality grunter and Spanish mackerel. Reports of red emperor and nannygai have been good lately with some nice fish coming from the closer shoals which is great for the smaller boat owners. These fish do tend to move into shallower areas this time of year and become a little more accessible to many with smaller boats.

With the winds intensifying slightly over the weekend it looks like the creeks and rivers will be the likely spots to wet a line. With the whiting and flathead on the bite at the moment Alva Beach looks good for land based fishers as it is well protected. However if you are looking at getting out in the boat then the Haughton and Burdekin Rivers would be my pick.

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