Weekly Report 10 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 10 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:51 am

LAND BASED
Pallarenda is still the number one location at the moment with the grunter continuing to bite well up to the new moon just past. Fresh slabbed mullet and garfish has been the secret bait in conjunction with the run out tide. Also the casino rockwall is holding good numbers of jelly prawns at the moment which can sometimes means it can be hard work to get a bite from nearby predators. Downscaling lure size and getting the colour just right will see you in the box seat for some queenfish action. There has been plenty around too with not only the rockwall holding good queenies, but also the reputable bridges further upstream. Visitors to the area have spent recent days fishing off the Strand jetty and are having a ball catching trevally and the odd grey mackerel that have been taking a fair bit of terminal on light gear.

INSHORE
There have been strong reports of good size jacks taking a range of live baits of late, with small poddy mullet irresistible to a hungry jack. With the creeks a little dirty from the recent rain lures haven’t worked as well as live baits, but if baits not your thing make sure you use brightly coloured lures with a rattle preferably. Grunter once again seems to be the main target in the creeks of late with good grunter coming from the mouth of the Barrattas on the big tides. The flats out the front of the Burdekin creeks usually fish well for grunter on the big tides with grassy weed beds an ideal place to start. The crab reports have continued to impress over the past week with Cleveland bay and the Haughton littered with crabs. There’s a fair bit of sorting to do amongst the assortment of Jennies (female crabs) and undersized muddies but the hard work is definitely well worth it. The red hot tip at the moment for quality mud crabs has been to use fresh fish frames for bait and change them at least once a day.

OFFSHORE & BAY
There were plenty of irregular reports from the reef over the weekend with many describing the fishing as quiet and patchy. Those chasing trout and red throats on average could only manage half a dozen trout and a few rogue red throats, but enjoyed the glassed out conditions. Best reports came from the Davies and Chicken reef area of a night time with big large mouth and red emperor up to 15kg caught from insignificant lumps and bumps on bait. Also the foul ground was well peppered by a few anglers and from the reports only one of the many wrecks fired, producing a few red emperor around 13kg and a swag of large mouth around the 8kg mark. Closer to shore the back of Maggie is choc a block with bait at the moment luring heaps of tuna and big grey mackerel up to 90cm in amongst them. I did hear of a report of a yellowfin tuna falling to a yo-zuri trolled behind the boat in this area, an unusual but rewarding capture so close to home. The bait schools have also called the shipping channel home bringing with them plague proportions of spotted mackerel around 60cm. To add the excitement big queenies and even mack tunas have surfaced in the area. Although small metals have been lethal in the past, the spottys are taking a keen liking to small softplastics.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
How good is this! Back to back weekends of good weather and by the way the bait freezer has been abused in the last few days its looks like its going to be another cracker! For the adventurous the day tides look awesome for some jigging around outer reefs such as Pith and Faraday. Otherwise a weekend spent around the palm island group would top off an epic end to the 2010 season.

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