Weekly Report 26 Jan 11

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Weekly Report 26 Jan 11

Post by Brad » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:57 pm

It’s hard to go past Pallarenda for the third week in a row with good queenfish and salmon still being caught along the beach. There are also some very good saltwater tarpon feeding along the beach. These fish lb for lb pull hard and are often out of the water more than in it once hooked, giving the angler a fight that would put the barra to shame. But once again they are not much to eat, and are simply a great light line sport fish. There have been plenty of reports of big barra running along Alva Beach, so it could be worth a trip when the season opens midday this Tuesday.

In the Burdekin area Plantation creek has been producing plenty of crabs but most have been floaters (empty). There have also been reports of a few prawns in this creek in recent days. Most of the other creeks that run off the Burdekin River like Hell Hole, Phillips Landing and Grouper Creeks are still full of freshwater with the Burdekin River still pumping heaps of freshwater out into the ocean. Closer to Townsville the Bohle River has been fishing quite well with reports of big threadfin salmon taking blade lures cast into the deeper holes. There has also been the odd blue salmon, mangrove jack and some quality estuary cod and black bream taking baits. The mouth of the Haughton River has been producing the occasional nice mud crab with the tops of the tide producing the better crabs. The talk is big this year regarding the up coming barra season, will plenty of reports of barra being caught and released unharmed from almost every system between the Hincinbrook Channel and the creeks around Bowen. Be patient it is only a few sleeps now until the season opens and it should be a cracker.

The recent reports suggest that the red throat emperor numbers and quality has been good with some very good fish filling ice boxes. The coral trout numbers have been a little slower but the quality is definitely there. Some of the best reports have come form the Slashers and Rib/Trunk reef areas. There has also been a few cobia and the odd Spanish mackerel caught while bottom bashing in recent weeks. There has also been some freight train GTs around many of the reefs, just look for the fusilier schools on the surface and there is sure to be a GT rounding them up. Poppers and stick baits worked through these schools is a ton of fun.

To get out of the wind maybe the Bohle River might be ok, try sinking a few blade lures, or DOA shrimps around the deeper holes or flicking a few smaller lures (red colour) around the snags for Jacks. Tide Times Full Moon: 3rd February 11

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