Weekly Report 27 Aug 10

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Weekly Report 27 Aug 10

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:50 pm

With the sunny days and warm nights of late a few bare foot bandits have been terrorising the weirs armed with fizzers, poppers and shallow running lures. It seems the barra have taken a liking to the climb in water temp and have been found actively feeding around all three weirs. The water is still very low revealing many hidden weed beds and gut ways, hence the need for surface lures. No monster fish to report yet but there has been plenty around the 70-80cm range which make a great account for themselves. The rock pool is holding big schools of herring at the moment, and where there is bait… there’s fish. I have heard of some good barra around 75cm caught on live baits with early morning and late night sessions proving most effective. The mouth of Rollingstone creek has fished well of late with some good legal barra falling to live baits. There’s still plenty of flathead around if you’ve missed the winter run, with most of the northern beaches still producing good fish on the high tide. Look for gutters and holes to fish on the run out.

There’s been a ton of action inshore recently, with the Haughton still producing good barra on live prawns from deep in the snags. Lure enthusiasts have had a ball pulling good numbers of rat barras from snags with the humble DOA prawn out fishing all other artificials. The mouth of the Haughton and Morrissey’s has also produced plenty of big flathead of late with holes on low tide finding good numbers. One of my favourites, the Koolabung blade proved one of the best lures to get these guys to bite. Even out fishing soft plastics which are usually dynamite on flathead. The Hinchinbrook channel has fired up of late with plenty of barra coming from the drains and ideal snags. Shallow running minnows and DOA prawns worked as close to the bank as possible is where the barra have been found as the tide drops. The barra fishing should only improve as the water warms up towards the start of the monsoon season, and they should be a lot more co-operative on hard
bodied lures.

There have been plenty of whale sightings off Townsville at the moment as they make their way back to the cool water down south. From memory, every time I’ve fished when the whales are around there has always been good mackerel fishing. Last weekend was no different, with the shoals and reefs firing on all cylinders. Shoal areas like the mack grounds off Cape Cleveland and shoals off the Haughton have produced big numbers of mackerel, while baits and lures trolled close to the reef haven’t failed either. The bigger mackerel have been falling to wolf herring baits trolled dead slow, with garfish producing good numbers of school mackerel around 8kg. The old fashion mackerel veterans gave all other methods a run for their money with the old faithful drifted pilchard proving just as effective on its day. I didn’t hear of too many reef reports that failed to produce good fish over the last week. Night sessions on shoals have produced some good red emperor between 6 to 12kg, with some good fish caught on the Williamson buck tail jig. Proof that you can catch good red fish on artificials.

Saturday morning looks like there may be a small window for the brave to head out to the mack grounds for an early morning onslaught. Troll quality garfish for immediate results with a troll speed around 6 knots perfect on sunrise while a dead slow troll is preferable when the sun rises high and the macks head down deep.

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