Weekly Report 25 Mar 11

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Weekly Report 25 Mar 11

Post by Brad » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:25 am

Once again with the influx of rain the weirs have been producing fish with soft plastics and louder hard bodied lures getting the bite. The rock wall on the run out tide and on the dead low has also been fishing quite well with reasonable barra being caught. The humble DOA Shrimp is a sure winner being cast around the rocks along with smaller minnows in the Strada range doing the damage as well. One tip when fishing around the rocks is to up your leader size as it doesn’t take long for a good fish to find where home is and leave the angler re-tying time and time again. Further north of Townsville the freshwater creeks are fishing well for the odd jungle perch and good numbers of sweet water jacks which are a real buzz on light line and small poppers.

For a spot close to home the Bohle has reported healthy catches of barra on both live bait and lures with anglers saying persistence is the key to a putting few fish in the esky. Those live baiting at Cape Cleveland landed nice barra to 85cm with mullet just too hard to resist for these fish. Whist anglers lure fishing the same area struggled with the dirty water making lures not as effective as live bait. Plenty of crabs are still being caught from the Burdekin area, Cocoa and Crocky creek systems with the mouths and bigger gutters being the best spots to soak a few pots.

The weather has been good enough for most diehard reef fisho’s to get out and wet a line with great captures coming from around the traps. Those targeting coral trout saw nice fish landed and some reaching their bag limit with a healthy population of red throat emperor added to the mix. One mention to fellow angler Andrew March landing a ripper 7 kg blue spot trout on a popper whilst fishing Grubb Reef out from Townsville.

Many anglers are still reporting mackerel around and with everything from trolling diving lures around the 3-6m mark and jigging metals working on these hungry fish. Reports from those fishing the reefs off Lucinda tell of awesome GT popper fishing action and very good numbers of green jobfish caught. When it comes to jigging metals I find the Dogtooth brand and Okta jigs very effective in catching these hard pulling species. Many anglers headed out overnight to fish for reds found it hard to hold bottom with the larger tides. Although when getting the tell tale bite and setting the hook the reds that came up were horses averaging around the 8-11kg mark with odd bigger specimen turning up. The large mouth nannygai were caught as well at consistent producing marks which kept anglers busy throughout the night.

The winds look to be increasing this weekend making offshore fishing very uncomfortable but don’t disappear the tides look good for a spot of lure fishing at your favourite snag. I would suggest dropping the electric motor in and throwing a few lures. You could also try anchoring up around the change of the tide with a bucket of live baits. Soaking a livie around the change of the tide is a good way to get the drag screaming and the rod bent. Tide Times New Moon: 4th April 11

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