Weekly Report 22 Jul 10

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Weekly Report 22 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:52 pm

LAND BASED
The cooler weather has seen some big pikey bream fire up in the lakes of late. Dead baits are a sure fire way to get a good feed of the bream, but soft plastics have been just as productive with the average fish measuring 35cm. Victoria bridge has drawn big schools of herring with the recent big night tides, and with them have come some eager predators. Good size trevally, tarpon, bream and even the odd barra have hung in close to the herring but have been difficult to get a bite a times. Koolabung blades have been dynamite along with small gulp soft plastics. I have had one report from Maggie Island over the weekend and it was that windy that the marina was the only protection and fishable location. The cleaner water in the marina saw the squid push right in amongst the boats with some big specimens caught on squid jigs. The fish have followed the same trend as the squid and have been holding in the cleaner water tight in the rocks. A few coral trout have been caught along with a host of other species providing some fun while the weather is ordinary.

INSHORE
The creeks have been pretty quiet over the past week with creeks that fired the week previous really shutting down. The ultra windy weather stirred up the water inshore pushing in dirty, cloudy water up into the creeks. There has been a few die hard anglers fishing hard through tough conditions and were rewarded with some good barra for their patience. A live prawn set near snags in the main arm of the Haughton has been the only way to get some interest from legal barra, and surprisingly enough some big flathead as well. The same scenario in the Bohle with live prawns the only live offering receiving any attention over the relatively quiet weekend. Lure enthusiast also described the fishing as difficult with only small fish landed and all soft plastics and blades fished close to the bottom. When the fishing is tough be brave and fish deep into structure, as the fish will take a lure or bait but it may need to be right on his nose.

OFFSHORE & BAY
A few anglers took my advice from last week and fished west point and reef areas around Middle reef and Cockle bay. Unweighted whole pilchards drifted down to shallow bommies has enticed plenty of good coral trout up to 55cm, proving there is a healthy population of coral trout right at our doorstep if your keen enough to target them. Another angler had a fruitless trip around Rattlesnake Island only to try his luck around Burdekin rock on his way home. Not a touch until a berley bucket was deployed and within minutes schools of big garfish tailed the boat. Once the bait turned up so did the school mackerel, hanging deep in the trail. A live garfish was sent out and within minutes a good spanish mackerel around 8kg was landed followed by 4 good size school mackerel. It’s good to hear a rags to riches story and goes to show that you should never give up and remain optimistic! One crazy bunch of reef junkies went head to head with 2m seas and were rewarded when they fished around Keeper reef. A good mixed bag of cobia, green jobfish and a bunch of trout were caught, with even more trout caught when they jumped in for a quick spear. It’s amazing how some rough weather can improve the quality of fishing!

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
A good low tide for both Saturday and Sunday should see your fishing focussed on the shallow flats and gutters that will hold the warmer water. Crocodile, Haughton and the Hinchinbrook channel have some ripper flats that will fish well on these tides. Try casting the new Koolabung 1m Razorback lure up in the shallows, there’s only 7 left from our first batch but we have more on the way! Look for nervous bait and any colour change that may flow from the drains and you’re in for a shot at some rod bending action.

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