Weekly Report 25 Nov 10

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Weekly Report 25 Nov 10

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:03 pm

As expected the fishing around Pallarenda and the northern beaches on the big tides proved very successful for a few, with better than average size grunter coming from both these locations. Although big squid baits often work well for these foraging fish, live baits have seen the bigger fish landed along with a host of other pelagics. Other species like big queenfish have kept anglers entertained and are great fun in shallow water. Ross creek is riddled with small baitfish at the moment with XOS tarpon and savage queenfish finding small slices and plastics irresistible. Just a reminder that the term “match the hatch” is absolutely crucial when dealing with these generally fussy species. A key to finding tarpon is to look for tailing fish and a bubble trail left from them gulping for air.

Once again the reports of good size prawns infiltrating the Bohle have continued into this week with minimal effort needed to meet quota. With the extra fresh water around in the creeks at the moment, the mouths of the creeks have been fishing the best lately with some good grunter caught on squid baits during the run out tide. Up on the flats there has been really good size flathead caught on soft plastics, with fish up to 70cm caught. Further upstream in the Haughton and Morrissey’s the mangrove jacks have been more than co-operative taking small plastics like the DOA prawn and small hard bodied lures. It’s good to see that the jacks are hardly affected by the fresh influence. If crabbings your thing, there’s plenty on offer! Finally some really good crabs have been caught from the flats at the mouth of the Haughton and Morrissey’s, with every pot securing on average two legal bucks per check. With the rain around they should be on the move so get in before the big rains come!

A day of good weather late last week saw a few boats trust seabreeze and hit the reefs. A few good reports came from the reefs off Lucinda with bait thick and plentiful with predators not far behind. Big poppers and stickbaits lured the aggressive GT with the crew having a good day landing around 20 fish at the 10-15kg mark. In the mix amongst the GT’s there were some Spanish mackerel, a much welcomed fish destined for the esky. Over some rubble ground the soft plastics and metal jigs were deployed to see what the lucky dip will show. They weren’t disappointed with coral trout, red throat, green jobfish and a few hard pulling red bass to top off a great bottom session. Also those who bottom fished around trunk reef found good size coral trout taking a keen liking to fresh slab bait. Closer to home a few managed to jig some of the wrecks off Keeper reef but found the fish playing hard to get. Metals slices, octa jigs and plastics all worked well from close to the bottom, with the resident sharks taking their fare share of fish as well. Centipede reef fished well early top to bottom with some excellent coral trout caught on whole pilchards, and some good size Spanish mackerel falling to the humble red and black laser pro.

Looking at how much fresh is around at the moment try your luck at a spot of crabbing. Areas with a good fresh influence should see good crabs out towards the mouth and out on the flats. Also while you’re waiting fro the pots to fill up chase a few prawns for an early Christmas load up. The fresh should have pushed the prawns from up the small creeks to the mud flats. Tide Times New Moon: 6th December 10

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