Weekly Report 16 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 16 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:22 pm

The reclaim has been producing good size flathead on soft plastics and fish fillets. There are also crabs and prawns in the area. Pallarenda is still out fishing most land based locations with good grunter in the area around the top of the tide with small live gar or garfish fillets working wonders.

The mighty mangrove jack seem to be the fish in the creeks taking most live baits and lures lately with fish to 45cm not uncommon in recent weeks. Just for fun there has been some big tarpon feeding on the flats inside Cape Cleveland. Small soft plastics, minnow style lure and the deadliest lure of all the Koolabung Blade are all catching good number of tarpon. With the fresh flushing the crabs out the there should be plenty for those wishing to get a good feed for Christmas.

In the bay the shipping channel markers have been producing some nice grey mackerel and the odd super sized spotted mackerel. Metal lure and smallish minnow style lure have been working quite well lately. After 9am in the morning try using deeper diving lures as the fish often go deeper as the sun rises. The Strada range of lures have been working great and based on the number we are selling the fish must love them too. The Tuna have also been smashing bait around the back off Maggie and Palm Island, but there are quite touchy and it can sometimes be hard to get close enough to the school to land a small metal slug. We have just got in the ultimate tuna metal slug the new “Arma Big Eye”. It has a small profile while being 30gms making it easy to get long casts.

If you are going out make sure you keep an eye out for floating debris as there has been reports of stuff everywhere at the moment with one bloke coming across deck chairs, drums and logs in one of the current lines. Reports from offshore anglers have been a little hit and miss with some reporting good catches and others struggling to catch a feed. Reports from those that have been catching fish indicate that the there has been good red emperor and large mouth nannygai around Broad Hurst and coral trout and red throat off grub and centipede reefs. The Spanish mackerel are still playing the game with the odd fish taking lures and floating garfish around many of the reefs, with rib reef probably the pick of them this time of year for Spanish mackerel.

With Christmas just around the corner, everyone loves a good feed of crabs so I would be doing the early morning crab run around the high tide, concentrating on the mouth of your favourite creek. While you are soaking a few crab pots try a few of the snags for a mangrove jack or two. Tide Times Full Moon: 21st December 10

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