Weekly Report 2 Jul 10

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Weekly Report 2 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:14 pm

LAND BASED
Plenty to chat about inshore this week with the winds restricting many fishing trips either land based or up the creeks seeking shelter. Good reports land based recently particularly from the weirs, despite the cooler temperatures the barra have been more than co-operative taking live baits and well presented lures. The squidgy slick rig seems to be the most effective lure of late possibly due to its subtle, non rattling presentation. These lures work really well in the weeded areas, and if you haven’t noticed yet the weirs are really low due to construction work. The shallow water means more weedy areas and also warmer water which will improve the fishing in the weirs. The small window of opportunity to fish the calmer mornings has seen anglers catching some good wolf herring off Pallarenda of late. They have been perfect size for Spanish mackerel bait, so pack them neatly and save them for when the weather comes down! Alva beach has continued to impress with thumper whiting entertaining many, and also some huge flathead have been caught as well. Live mullet has been the undoing of many big flathead off Alva with the run out tide most productive.

INSHORE
Mixed reports of late with all estuary fishing a bit hit and miss. The Bohle has been producing some monster bream with the best fish dominating the brag mat at 48cm. Now that’s a bream! Live bait has accounted for most of the big bream with also some nice fingermark a more than welcome by-catch in the mix. I’ve also had a good report once again coming from the Burdekin River. It seems the Burdekin River is the place to be of late with live prawns taking some horse barra deep from the snags. Most of the fish have been averaging the 90cm mark with a few landing some just over the metre mark. They did say many more metre plus fish have been hooked, but not even 50lb braid has the authority to turn them from barnacle encrusted snags. The one hot tip I managed to get from them was to fit as many live prawns on one hook as possible. You may go through a few more prawns but the result is worth it!

OFFSHORE & BAY
I went for a fish on the rock wall on Tuesday and did see a few bigger boats running the gauntlet out to either the shoals or reef. I’m yet to hear of any reports out wide but consistent reports are still coming in from the shipping channel. With the westerly’s blowing there is a small window to fish the protected waters of the shipping channel before it swings around and turns on the washing machine. Other areas like west point fish well as the there is plenty of sheltered country to fish. With the new moon fast approaching we should hear of some good grunter to come from the many rubble marks off west point. School mackerel still make up the majority of the reports from the shipping channel, with a burley slick creating a good bite when things slow down.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
Windy weather once again dampens efforts to get offshore, and even makes beach fishing hard to chase a few whiting. Tides are ideal however to sneak up small creeks like Cattle creek up north and Ocean and Wallace’s down south. All should fish well for bream and jacks in particular, with the turn of the high tide the ideal time to concentrate your efforts. Tide Times New Moon: 12th July 10

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