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Weekly Report 31 Dec 10

Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:09 am
by Brad
With all the water around the place and barra off the menu with a closure currently in place there is a great little fish known as the Oxeye herring or Tarpon that is often overlooked due to its poor eating quality, but they are a tonne of fun on light line. The Burdekin is in full flood at the moment with about a metre over the Rita Island Bridge. Most creeks in the area will be full of fresh and all the canals and lagoons should be pumping which often produces fast flowing water which is exactly what is needed to produce tarpon. Tarpon can be very fussy and often require the use of super tiny poppers, blades and bucktail jigs. A dead giveaway to see if there’s any tarpon in the area is to look for a bubble trail that is often left by tarpon gulping for air. There has also been some fun size queenfish patrolling the casino rock wall taking poppers and fizzers during the morning tide. Both tarpon and queenfish spend more time in the air than in the water so make sure you use super sharp hooks to stay attached!

The Bohle River has been producing some nice fish in recent days with reports of good blue salmon and grunter around the mouth. There should be some oversize queenfish in the area also this time of year. Queenfish are great fun and one of the best baits for them if you can get them is live garfish. Rigged unweighted is the most ideal way to target these guys but with a few anglers on board it usually requires you to use some lead to keep lines in some sort of order. While many of the creeks are on the run out tide full time at the moment, the flats between the creeks have been producing some excellent grunter on the high tide. Live baits have been working the best with every second bait getting demolished by big mud crabs. But who’s complaining with more crabs coming from live baits than what are coming from set pots.

Around the top of the tides the flats around Maggie Island and middle reef have been producing some drag screaming action with big Golden trevally and the odd monster Giant trevally taking lures and baits. Although not much to eat they are definitely great fun. A little further around to West Point Bay Rock and Halifax bay have been producing the some nice mackerel on lures. Floating pilchards and gar in a burley slick have also been producing some good fish with the odd larger Spanish mackerel reported over the last few days. Small Koolabung blades worked around the wreck in cockle bay have found some big grunter up to 65cm and in big schools too! The natural green colour has been doing most of the damage and has to be my favourite colour as well. The last couple of days while the weather has been reasonable enough to get out wider, a few hit Maggie shoals with good success. Drifting over non-descript bottom the crew sounded up a few dots and deployed baits for a quick prospect. Minutes later they capitalised with a pair of cracker large mouth. The crew ended up with a swag of nannygai from numerous locations and were happy they braved the average conditions.

The flats around Maggie Island should produce a few fish around the top of the tides, after it drops out bay rock and west point should hold a few mackerel, but do remember the burley if you are looking at floating a few pilchards or gar. Tide Times New Moon: 4th January 10