Weekly Report 8 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 8 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:38 am

Not a lot of joy from land based anglers this week as stiff winds and little run in the tide making fishing a little difficult. Some took my advice and fished Crystal Creek over the weekend finding good numbers of small jungle perch intercepting well worked surface lures. The beauty of this type of fishing is that you can go for a quick dip when the going gets tough. With a good morning high tide on the weekend coming I’ll be expecting some good reports from the northern beaches and Pallarenda.

The Haughton was absolutely thick with big black bream and a simple rig with a peeled prawn was all that was necessary to entice a bite. Those saddled up on ideal snags with live prawns were blown away by big barra, but managed to subdue a few good fish for the esky. There were also plenty of reports of undersize fingermark caught as by catch while chasing barra on live prawns, with the odd legal fingermark landed. Lure enthusiasts had a ball enticing a few rat barras but it was the big mangrove jacks that stole the show on the day. Fish up to 48cm bullied Koolabung blades as they were ripped past deep snags which can be hand full to get out at the best of times. Use single hooks on the blades as it allows you to cast these lures deep into enemy territory and give you the best chance to get your lure back out. You will be surprised how snag resistant these lures can be and the hook up rate in my opinion is just as good if not better than the trebles. Further south there was one report of some good numbers of rat barras holding in shallows snags in the Burdekin River. But better again was the abundance of triple tail holding in with the barra. Using light line the biggest one measured 65cm but were blown away by much larger fish using soft plastics.

Few boats ventured out with fingers crossed in hope that the weather was going to be as good as predicted. It was well worth the bashing on the way out as the fishing was better than expected with some excellent coral trout caught from inshore reefs like Keeper reef. The boats that soldiered on towards greener pastures out wide weren’t disappointed as coral trout and red throat emperor ambushed all baits and artificials kept tight to the bottom. It’s interesting to hear that the majority of the coral trout caught have been averaging 65cm even in close, indication that the fish do benefit from the break of recreational fisherman. Many boats pulled the pin and trolled lures around Maggie shoals with success finding good numbers of Spanish mackerel. Some had success finding thick schools and dropping metals and retrieving them at high speed. This has to be one of the most exciting ways to catch Spaniards and at times the most effective. Also interesting enough there has been some epic coral trout caught from the shoals area as well. Lumps and bumps kept tight lipped have produced some good fish of late with the best fish measuring 98cm, no doubt a memorable fish for this area.

A perfect early morning high tide on the weekend would be ideal for some live baits or fresh slab bait intended for grunter. This time of year is prime time for big grunter and the northern beaches should produce the goods. Set yourself up for the change in tide and fish the run out for your best change at one of these big grunters.

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