Weekly Report 20 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 20 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:38 pm

LAND BASED
Small tides and no wind saw Townsville’s foreshore clean and clear making a great day to soak up the sun and wet a line. The bridges laid across Ross creek have held big schools of trevally and queenfish with small blades and soft plastics proving an unbeatable lure at times. Toomulla and Toolakea beach has nothing short of magic with huge bream around 40cm caught right off the beach along with big flathead and whiting. The key with these areas is to fish the start of the run out and fish all the way to low tide. Further north Balgal beach has given anglers the opportunity to get out and wade the mouth of Rollingstone creek finding good size golden trevallys and the odd barra on soft plastics. Calm clear water makes this style of fishing very exciting but getting them to bite in such high visibility can be harder than you think.

INSHORE
Some good reports have come from the Lucinda jetty of late with big numbers of metre plus queenfish intercepting small buck tail jigs and small metal slices worked at speed from right on the bottom. Those drifting unweighted pilchards at the end of the jetty have found spanish mackerel around 8kg more than co-operative, with a good burley trail bringing them round close to the boat. The Haughton has continued to fish well with live prawns once again receiving far more attention than other live offerings. Deep snags on big bends often fish the best and the use of a paternoster rig is important to keep the prawns well off the bottom and in big barra country. As expected the DOA prawn has been a far superior lure of choice lately out fishing all hard bodies but that should change as the water temperature slowly increases. Well known sand bars up Crocky creek have been holding big whiting, grunter, bream and flathead on these smaller tides with freshly pumped yabbies doing most of the damage. The deeper holes have produced some good size salmon on live baits as well with fish up to 90cm common.

OFFSHORE & BAY
It looks like every boat from Cardwell to Bowen made it out to the reef on the weekend, with some impressive catches coming from across the board. Davies reef proved one of the best areas with some big red emperors averaging 8kg caught in the still of the night. Reports were that the reds came through thick and fast with only a small window of opportunity to secure a feed. Daytime sessions fired as we would have expected with many boats bagging out on coral trout and red throat emperor. It seems the stint of rough weather gave the fish plenty of time to grow with the coral trout well above average and red throats described as horses. Areas like Grub, Slashers and Davies all fished well for these species and the mackerel seemed patchy at best in most reef areas. Those lucky enough to find the mackerel said that they were taking baits from off the bottom and floating lines only caused chaos, with line tangles the inevitable. Cape Cleveland displayed a glimpse of what the fishing can be like at times with spanish mackerel around 12kgs climbing all over wolf herring rigged on a simple chin guard. Bigger boats fished out wide near the shelf, and battled all day with big coral trout and monster red emperor taken during daylight hours. Those ‘getting jiggy with it’ managed a few yellowfin tuna, hopefully a sign that the marlin season is just around the corner.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
If you don’t get out in the next day or two while the weather is kind to us, then it looks like we will be confined to inshore islands and creeks. While the mackerel run is hot try trolling rigged gar or wolf herring off Cape Cleveland early on the change in tide. Keep in mind when the sun is fully up allow your baits to sink deeper as the mackerel tend to do the same.
Tide Times Full Moon: 25th August 10

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