Weekly Report 7 Apr 11

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Weekly Report 7 Apr 11

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:04 pm

Local haunts such as the lakes, the casino rock wall and the rock pool have been starting to return to normal due to the recent tides and the time of year, resulting in great fishing to be had. In the lakes the tarpon have been thick and fast and willing to jump all over a well presented smaller soft plastic or Koolabung blade. These fish are an excellent sport fish on light line and normally spend more time in the air than the water. I have heard of the infamous golden trevally schools cruising along the rock walls close to town with the odd one falling prey to the DOA 3” shrimp. They are one fish that get the rod bent and drag screaming! Also good numbers of fingermark around the 40 to 50cm mark are being caught in the same areas which can be tempted on smaller live bait and I find greenback herring a sure winner to get these fish to bite. Once again the weirs are producing good barra for anglers using large lures with none better than the new “STRADA TERA 180” (the #1 big barra lure in the Territory at the moment). Live tarpon and boney bream are also accounting for there fair share of fish.

There have been many cars with boats in tow headed to the creeks south of Townsville such as the Haughton and Morrissey’s systems and catching their fair share of fish. Anglers live baiting reported gathering enough bait wasn’t a hassle and good size mullet being the most common. In Morrissey’s healthy numbers of barra were taking a liking to mullet soaked in the snags with the odd fingermark jumping in as well. If the fish are there the bit is usually as soon as the baits hit the water so be ready to strike! One species that has been consistent is the crabs with the legal amount of four pots per person definitely enough to secure a feed. Further north the Hinchinbrook channel is fishing great, anglers are still reaching their bag limits of barra thanks to cyclone Yasi creating many more angling opportunities. Casting lures into likely looking areas is accounting for reasonable fish although trolling is enticing the larger “Yasi barra” to 90cm and quotas being
reached throughout the day.

Before the strong winds blow up, Cape Cleveland, Salamander reef and surrounding bommies were thick with larger pelagics including queenfish, trevally, mackerel and long tail tuna. Anglers using metal slices and surface lures were enjoying equal success. Although catching pelagics on poppers and quickly retrieved stick baits is hard to beat as the surface strike gets the adrenalin flowing. If you are to target these fish finding the bait schools is the key as the predators won’t be too far away. Fast running fish such as tuna and mackerel will test your tackle; one tip to ensure you stay connected is to upgrade your lures hooks to stronger single or treble hooks. Further out around Maggie shoals the reports have been good with some nice reds caught before the winds got up this week. Fresh bait is one necessity when targeting reds with squid and cuttlefish heads working quite well at the moment.

With the winds blowing once again a spot of fishing in the creek would be the more viable option. With very little movement in the tides you will need to do a little more searching for fish. Also try heading to the very top end where there might be some fresh water run off areas. Those lure fishing should remain optimistic as the fish are still there it’s just a matter of locating them and finding the hungry ones! Tide Times Full Moon: 18th April 2011

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Re: Weekly Report 7 Apr 11

Post by helmut » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:24 pm

Quite agree that the main thing in any activity is optimistic relationship and enjoying no matter what the results are)) and hungry fish is nearby))LOL

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