Weekly Report 24 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 24 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:14 am

Few have listened to the reports over the past couple of weeks and have had a crack at a grunter or 2 from the northern beaches on the recent big tides. Lure enthusiasts have had excellent success tossing small buck tail jigs, metals and sesame soft plastics from the shore on the high tide. With a swag of species to account for including trevally, salmon, flathead and of course some big grunter. The best report has come from one angler who had a ball casting small metal slices into bait schools and luring some big grunter up to 65cm on light line. The pick of the locations has been Bushland Beach and Balgal beach, with the recent rain pushing all the bait and predators onto the foreshore. Holiday goers have struck gold at the mouth of the Ross River of late finding nice big buck mud crabs that seem to be on the move from the fresh influence. Regular checks of the pots will ensure a more productive session and also make sure there’s no pots in need of a re-bait.

Not much to report from the creeks as you can imagine, but there has been a few super keen for feed of crabs for the relatives that have filled spare rooms and garages. The flats out the front of Cungulla have been very productive and should continue to fire well into the New Year. Remember to clearly mark your pots as the constant flow of fresh water and debris will submerge and move pots over the course of a tide. So the use of brightly coloured floats will make the job a lot easier than dirty old ones. Also the Bohle ‘looks like a chocolate milkshake only crunchy’ at the moment, but I’m told the crabs are firing in this system as well. Regular crabbers have been mind blown with the size of the jennies intruding pots of late, which is a sure sign that the crustaceans are on the move. With this feedback other areas such as the mangrove edges on Magnetic Island should start to produce some good crabs. Also the foreshore on most of the beaches should see some good crabs caught as they search for salty water.

The last stint of good weather saw a bunch of 21 footers take to the water and embark on an epic journey to the outer reef. With calm seas out wide the crew landed some nice dogtooth tuna with the biggest estimated at around 100lb. Special mention to one of our 4lb members Vinnie who managed to land a 10kg yellowfin tuna on 4lb braid and half a rod, while the others were getting annihilated on 80lb braid. While the bottom species have been slow to take baits the spearo’s have taken full advantage of docile trout and cleaned up at areas like Braggs and Backnumbers Reef. Pelagics on the other hand have responded well to big poppers and stick baits worked close to bait schools. Big GT’s and surprisingly a few Spanish mackerel have been caught in good numbers but overcast conditions have made this form of sight fishing a little difficult. Closer to shore, Paluma shoals and the shoals off Balgal beach has seen schools of baitfish infested with tuna and grey mackerel. Also fishing the top of the tide has seen some monster grunter and fingermark at night with live squid easy to find with a light.

Look for a shady location out of the rain close to an esky filled with your favourite beverages of choice, and make sure the stubby opener isn’t too far away. Try a silver platter filled with cheese, salami, pickled onions and an assortment of crackers, as this should draw interest from nearby family and friends and have you sitting pretty for the Boxing Day test ahead! Merry Christmas!!!!

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