Weekly Report 25 Feb 11

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Weekly Report 25 Feb 11

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:10 pm

Both the rock walls and rock pool along the strand have been producing some very nice golden trevally on soft plastics like the DOA 3” shrimp. Live baits or mullet slabs have been producing some nice blue salmon from these areas also. Pallarenda continues to fish well for queenfish and blue salmon with the occasional grunter also taking live gar and mullet. If you can’t get your hands on livies then the next best thing seems to be garfish fillets. Most of the northern beaches have been fishing quite well also with good barra taking live baits and lures around the mouths of most of the creeks in the area. The weirs are also still producing barra but one thing I can say don’t be afraid to use bigger than normal lures with reports of good fish being caught on soft plastics to 190mm.

Once again the barra have been the fish that everyone is chasing and the results have been exceptional with plenty of fish being caught on koolabung razorback lures cast around snags with the Cardwell end of the Hinchinbrook Channel red hot at the moment. There has also been some nice mangrove jack caught in the area while chasing barra which is a great by catch in anyone’s book. Trolling oar-gee lures around the 3 to 5m have been resulting in some very nice barra to the magic metre mark from both the Haughton and Morrissey area, these lures are great trolling lures. The three sets of trebles make for a great hook-up rate while still remaining very snag resistant due to the bib and body shape. These lures have a great body roll and would have to be one of the strongest lures on the market capable of handling those metre plus barra.

Both Crocy and Alligator creeks have been producing the occasional nice grunter and blue salmon with small live gar the red hot bait for these fish. Big live mullet have been producing the big barra with a few metre plus fish falling to keen anglers soaking big mullet around the mouth. Plantation creek in the Burdekin area has been the pick of the creeks for crabs. There have also been good reports of prawn in the area, however with the very large tides last weekend they may have been washed out of the creek. The freshwater reaches of the Burdekin are starting to produce some nice barra with live perch working best in the deeper holes.

With the winds dropping out recently there was quite a few reports from offshore with reports of good Giant Trevally action around most reefs where ever there was fusilier schools bubbling on the surface. Most bottom bashers reported good number of red throat emperor which seems to be a regular occurrence after a cyclone. The small mouth nannygai have also been in good numbers with reports of the size of fish being in very good. The coral trout numbers have been ordinary with most good catches coming from deeper water. However there has been a few promising signs with spearos reporting very good numbers of juvenile footballer trout around many of the reefs in the Slasher area. Closer inshore around Maggie there has been some good reports of grunter around the 60 & 70cm mark taking fresh bottle squid and garfish.

The tides look quite good this weekend however the winds are likely to stay around the 20 knot mark cancelling most offshore trips. That in mind and with the barra on the bite it only makes sense to get those lures out and flick a few around your local area. The Cardwell end of the Channel is red hot at the moment but most creeks with good snags should produce barra. Tide Times New Moon: 5th March 11

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