Weekly Report 24 Jun 10

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Weekly Report 24 Jun 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:11 pm

As predicted, the reports have started of good winter bream showing up at the lakes. These fish are notoriously fat and hang in very large schools, so once you locate them the next step is getting them to bite. The best bait that I have seen for these bream have been old frozen herring, I once saw two young lads pull near on a dozen bream around 40cm in the space of 10 mins at the lakes using dead herring. But bream will take artificials, and the best has to the Berkley 2” Gulp. It’s a good bite size and has plenty of smell to attract that horse bream. Use the lightest possible jig head you can and be ready as bream will strike on the drop. Also the whiting reports continue with Alva beach shining above the rest with cricket score catches over the past week. From reports the best fish have come from those putting in the effort to muster up some live yabbies.

Well even the cooler temperatures couldn’t deter the fish from biting, with some awesome reports spread across most creeks off Townsville and the Burdekin. Crocodile Creek has kept lure enthusiast busy with reports of barra feeding like there’s no tomorrow with some good fish landed in all the fury. The feeding frenzy has seen the barra and jacks rounding up baitfish before a full team ambush, with most of this taking place in the middle of the creek. Also the mouth of the Burdekin River has hit its peak with plague barra and jacks lining the edges, with one report telling of 16 barra pulled off one snag. To mix it up, the same snag managed to produce a legal doggy mackerel and pull the hooks on another. Remember non rattling lures like the Koolabung Razorback tend to work best this time of year along with the DOA prawn. Often barra and jacks will school up on snags in the cooler months and will usually all be around the same size.

The weather has once again limited the bigger boats from venturing to far wide, but there has been more than enough to talk about inshore. Rattlesnake Island is still holding thick bait schools and with them predators such as long tail tuna, school and spanish mackerel, trevally and some monster queenfish. Trolling through them has produced good fish but will spook the school sending them down deep for a while. Drifting with the motor off and casting slices, plastics and feathered jigs is by far the best method to fish these bait schools. Often the fish will feed all around the boat if you’re quiet enough. The shipping channel continues to fish above and beyond its expectations with a recent trip from Big Daz producing two oversized fingermark with the best stretching 92cm. He also managed to catch a swag of school mackerel, but I’m yet to receive my share of fillets…

Looks like were in for another windy weekend which means another session up the creeks. This weekend’s tides look ideal to push right up some small creek arms on the high tide chase mangrove jacks and bream on the run out. Systems
such as Morrissey’s, Cocoa and Cattle Creek favour these tides and should remain reasonably clean. Tide Times Full Moon: 26th June 10

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