Weekly Report 2 Sep 10

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Weekly Report 2 Sep 10

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:47 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.

It seems the cooler overcast days has somewhat influenced the species on the chew in the creeks of late, with plenty of trevally, queenfish, flathead and bream terrorising lures from all directions. One of the better systems locally has been the Bohle with good numbers of queenfish easily excited with fast moving surface lures. There’s still plenty of barra around, although they are all the typical undersize fish for winter. But good numbers can be found in amongst snags. Those bait fishing the deeper holes have found above average size grunter in good numbers, and we should expect to see this species pick up closer to the moon. The Hinchinbrook channel has fished well for winter species with big flathead, trevally and queenfish falling to artificials worked over the sand flats at the mouth of the Seymour River. The barra have been present but very slow probably due to the cooler weather of late.

Still been some good spanish mackerel caught at the moment, with best reports coming from the 12 mile shoals off the Burdekin. Slow trolled garfish haven’t failed as yet, with good five spot gar producing the bigger fish. Still in the Burdekin area, Cape Bowling Green spit has started to show positive signs that the grunter run may be in full swing with some excellent fish caught of late. Other areas like locally known coconut shoals off Alva Beach have been one of the hot spots of late, and don’t be surprised if you pick up the odd fingermark from there as well. Closer to home the mackerel run has continued with the mackerel grounds off Cape Cleveland well and truly on fire at the moment with garfish once again the prime trolled bait here. Lumps and bumps in the shoals area has showcased some awesome red fishing recently with the best red emperor reported measuring 12kg. While the red fishing has been good, so to has the sharks taking their fare share of fish well before the boat. The mackerel run should only improve with the building tides as we approach the new moon next week.

With a decent high tide first thing in the morning maybe think about doing the dash from Crystal creek to Cattle creek. With a steady run out tide during the morning it should make hand casting easy and the water clarity should be near perfect.

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