Weekly Report 21 Mar 11

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Weekly Report 21 Mar 11

Post by Brad » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:53 pm

The northern beaches have been fishing quite consistent in recent weeks with good barra being caught, along with some more recent reports of big flathead and the odd school of whiting starting to show up. With all the recent rain the weirs in the Ross are all pumping again and as a result plenty of barra are being caught on big lures and soft plastics. Live baits also work well in these areas also however remember cast nets are not allowed in any freshwater environment this includes the Ross River starting from the top of Aplin Weir

The mud crabs have continued to show up in pots around the Burdekin and most creeks that run into Cleveland bay. There have also been some good reports of bait size prawns in most of the creek just not quite big enough for a good feed yet. They might be a little hard to find this weekend in the big tides but as the tide drops out of the mud drains you might be able to find a school or two. The Bohle River has been fishing quite well recently with some nice barra taking large live mullet and legal size whiting if you can get your hands on them.

One thing that seems to be on most angers lips is the size of the fish at the moment with plenty of monster Red Emperor and Large Mouth Nannygai being caught. Still plenty of red throat emperor around but the coral trout numbers have slowed down with best reports coming from boats fishing around the 30 to 40 metre mark. For those fishing the closer shoals the quality of small mouth nannygai has been exceptional with plenty of fish between the 5 to 8kg mark being caught. Report by Northern Conquest Charters: “While the trout have been a little hard to find of late, it seems Yasi dragged a healthy population of red emperor and large mouth nannygai direct from Fiji! The red fishing has been sensational! Cyclones, floods, earthquakes and now Tsunamis! It's any wonder why the fish are even interested in eating at the moment. But as many would expect Northern Conquest didn't know what would be in store for them as they ventured out to the reef.

But recent trips have been anything but average, with record hauls of red emperor and large mouth nannygai coming aboard both day and night! Another interesting catch of late is the plague proportion schools of spangled emperor. Notably these guys hang with the prized red species and are a good indication of how healthy the red population is at the moment. The only problem is that these guys pull all the way to the boat and most anglers will have a red fish in the back of their mind until it surfaces! A little bit of rough weather didn't stop a crew of 17 from putting their hand up for a bit of prospecting, and the pictures in this article depict it all. With the weather is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend, don't forget to book early so you don't miss the magic red run upon us!”

With the amount of rain we have had all the weirs in Ross River are pumping and with the very humid hot weather the barras will be right on the chew. If you are looking to catch your first metre barra then this is a great place to do it. Only one thing the eating quality of these freshwater fish is very ordinary and in my opinion would serve our fishery better if let go to produce plenty of baby barra.

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