Weekly Report 29 Oct 10

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Weekly Report 29 Oct 10

Post by Brad » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:07 pm

Some good reports of mangrove jacks in plague proportions in the Hinchinbrook at the moment, with the smaller creeks really firing on both hard bodies and soft plastics. While the rest of the channel has been fairly quiet its good to see there’s still some entertainment available if you put the time in. The sand bars towards the jetty have been producing some really good grunter of late and we should hear of some more fish caught around the smaller jetty in the coming weeks. Cattle creek has been infested with jacks as well with schools of up to 20 jacks holding in snags up the smaller creeks. While the smaller fish hold closer to the surface in full view, down below the big ones wait and will be the first to belt any artificial in its path. I’ve heard of some good barra caught on lures in the Burdekin River recently and while the grunter reports haven’t been flash the flathead fishing has been sensational. Deep gutters off sand bars has seen good numbers of flathead school up and can easily be fooled with small hard bodies, soft plastics and baits. Remember to use good leader like Instinct at least 40lb in strength as flathead wear through leader very quickly.

Not a lot to report from the reefs and shoals of late as the winds have been fresh to frightening. I’d imagine any good weather from now on won’t be wasted and fingermark will be high priority with the reef closures coming up. Even though the warmer water is back in the bay don’t rule out mackerel fishing as all over, these guys should still be easily caught up til the end of November. With the winds have been inhibiting many from getting out wide, the enthusiastic ones have been utilising this time to visit the Palm Island group for a spot of spear fishing. There’s plenty on offer there and these guys had a ball with a mixed bag mangrove jacks up to 65cm, large mouth nannygai, coral trout and the much sought after painted crayfish taken all from reasonably shallow water. If you’re interested in spearing the Palms take note that there are lots of areas that are zoned so be aware.

Small run in the tides over the weekend would make the smaller creeks much better to fish. Look at small creeks like those in the Burdekin such as Philips, Hell Hole and Wallaces. While the flathead are on the chew, this would be my target species. Use fresh flesh baits or good local prawns. Otherwise shallow hard bodied lures and soft plastics will work well on deep drop offs. Tide Times New Moon: 8th October 10

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