Weekly Report 10 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 10 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:32 am

The pick of the land based spots this week would have to be the Casino rock wall with some great action from barra and trevally smashing live baits and soft plastics. The Upper Ross River has been producing some quality mangrove jacks in recent weeks with small poddy mullet and lures 60 to 80mm doing most of the damage. It’s that time of year and the fun fest is on with some nice bream making there way up into the Lakes. Casting small minnow lures and soft plastics on light line (4lb club) with as light a leader as possible seems to be doing the trick. However this is more for fun than food, I wouldn’t like to eat anything that came out of the lakes.

It good news for grunter enthusiasts with fish to 80cm reported from Bowling Green Bay. There have also been reports of the odd big grunter in the Bohle River amongst the many smaller ones. The Hinchinbrook channel continues to product barra in the snags with many lure anglers reporting a better than average year for the barra in the area. The Seymour is full of trevally at the moment and on the Northern Beaches, Black River seems to be fishing well also with good catches of barra, bream and some top quality flathead reported. The Burdekin river to the south is fishing well with reports of triple tail taking soft plastics around the mouth while the grunter numbers seem to also be on the improve in the Burdekin area.

It is great to see so many reports of fingermark for this time of year with Cape Cleveland producing along with West Point and the Shipping Channel outer markers. The shoals in Bowling Green Bay and coconut reef off Alva Beach are also fishing quite well for fingermark, with live baits and soft plastics like Gulp and Slam Bait jerk shads working best. Deep diving lures have also been taking their fare share of fish. The signs are great and I hope the fingermark number continue to improve into the summer months. Fingermark are relatively slow growers and tend to reach maturity later than some of the other more sort after fish like barra & mackerels. This often makes species like the fingermark highly susceptible to over-fishing so it’s great to see so many smaller fish in reports lately. The Lucinda Jetty has been queenfish alley lately with good numbers reported in the area. Surface poppers are a great way to catch these fish, with surface strikes and aerobatics to rival any cart wheeling gymnast. Last but not least there should be reef fish everywhere as they haven’t seen to many hooks lately.

Offshore conditions are looking good this far out from the weekend, so I would be getting ready for a mackerel onslaught with the change of tide early morning there should be a good morning bite. I would expect some very good catches of Spanish mackerel reported after this weekend. Suggested baits include trolled garfish on the shoals and wolf herring on the headlands. Tide Times New Moon: 10th August 10

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