Weekly Report 21 Nov 10

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Weekly Report 21 Nov 10

Post by Brad » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:36 am

Overcast and humid conditions has really upset the fishing of late, with some bizarre captures caught from local hotspots. One in particular that springs to mind is a report of a 1.2m Spanish mackerel landed off the rock pool only a few days ago. Not only is this an unusual fish to see so close to shore this time of year but its definitely one of the biggest mackerel caught from this location this year. With this patchy rain around at the moment the Ross creek bridges like Victoria and Lowths Bridge should be riddled with big tarpon, trevally and some big mangrove jacks. If the water is still a little bit dirty use bright coloured lures and maybe think about implementing a rattle, it may give you the edge to catch more fish.

The Bohle has been heavily mentioned once again this week with the big schools of tarpon and milkfish up to 60cm keeping light line enthusiasts entertained. Small blades, DOA prawns and small squidgy soft plastics rigged as light as possible have been fooling these acrobatic duellers. There’s also a good run of big prawns of eating quality size in the Bohle as well if your keen to stock up for Christmas, but just remember that the legal limit is a 10 litre bucket. This should also mean that the prawns should be moving along the foreshore with the lead up to the moon with other areas like Pallarenda and Ross River mouth well worth a look. Morrissey’s is coming home strong with some really good mangrove jacks falling to live mullet and herring. With all the herring in the creek I would expect to hear of some good fingermark reports coming up to the moon.

West point has been the only spot providing some kind of shelter from the prevailing winds and it has been absolutely on fire come night time. Live squid around lumps and wrecks have produced some good fingermark around 75cm and also a swag of big grunter. Fishing at night around the moons will definitely fish better. Not much to report from inshore reefs with only one report coming from a trip yesterday fishing around the Slashers group, with the team rounding up 20 good trout. Also not long ago a group boarded Northern Conquest Charters for a fish around the abundant Flinders Reef. Blessed with fishable weather the boys caught plenty of the much sought after dogtooth tuna around 10-15kg, and got blown away by much bigger ones. They also were grateful to see some of the more exotic fish like the buffalo emperor and maori cod which are some of the most beautiful fish you can lay an eye on. Best results came from using 200gram jigs worked around bait schools. Other species caught amongst the dog tooth were some big coral trout as well, which is why jigging can be so addictive. You just never know what’s going to turn up next.

Big tides this weekend will turn many away from fishing the creeks but keep in mind that the low tide is isn’t that low so most big creeks are still fishable. But my pick of locations would have to be Pallarenda or the northern beaches fishing the morning run out chasing a few grunter.

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