Weekly Report 19 Apr 11

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Weekly Report 19 Apr 11

Post by Brad » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:58 pm

The Northern Beaches such as Saunders, Toolakea and Toomulla have been reporting nice catches of jacks and some nice flathead around the mouths of the creeks in these areas. Soft plastics have been working well with the D.O.A. C.A.L paddle tails a favourite. Further south of Townsville, Cungulla (Township on the mouth of the Haughton River) has reported some nice whiting around the sand flats this would have to be the first I have heard of whiting for the year. The ones being landed are of good size around the 38cm mark. When fishing for whiting having a sharp long shank hook, light leader and well presented bait can be the difference between a few fish and filling your creel.

On the freshwater front the humble jungle perch have been on the chew for anglers walking the many freshwater rivers north of Townsville. These fish are a great target species on light line as they pull hard and will hit a small surface lure with gusto. They have a beautiful white flesh and I have been told they are the coral trout of the freshwater in regards to eating but with a bag limit of one per person they are definitely a catch and release species.

The creeks to the south of Townsville including Morriseys and the Haughton are still crabbing well with a feed quite easy to come by. The fishing has also been quite good with barra being caught on both live bait and lures. It seems the bigger the lure or baits the better, so if you are after that monster of the estuary go big. One lure that has certainly been working well on the troll is the Strada Tera180 and for all you lure caster the stand out lure at the moment is the Jackal Bros “Transam” which is catching fish everywhere, I just heard of a metrey caught on this lure today. The Hinchinbrook channel seemed to of slowed down due to the neap tides last weekend with anglers reporting many casts between fish and a lot of looking around. It seemed to be a similar case in Crocky unlike the other systems with many finding it unusual for this time of year. In the same token Cape Cleveland has seen good fish caught as the water clears resulting in more bait around making lure fishing productive.

The water clarity in Cleveland bay and around Magnetic Island is starting to clear up a little and with the last few mornings being nice and calm there has definitely been an increase in boat traffic. The reports indicate good numbers of quality Queenies and the odd smaller doggie mackerel around which seems promising for a good mackerel season ahead. Both trolling lures and floating pillies has been producing the odd fish. To triple your mackerel catches try setting up a berley trail with tuna oil and cubs of pillies and wait for your rod to bend and the drag scream. The shallow water flats around Maggie are alive at the moment with generous numbers of golden trevally taking a liking to Koolabung blades with many smaller cod and trevally keeping anglers occupied. A longer spin rod around 7’ is ideal for this style of fishing allowing long distance casts without spooking the fish as they are often very flighty in these shallow waters.

With the larger tides a spot of live baiting at a fish highway such as a river mouth or rock bar should see some action. Any fish that will be travelling through should have no trouble climbing all over live baits. The winds look to be calm in the morning which should allow most to get out and target some queenies and mackerel around Salamander reef off Cape Cleveland. A good berley trail will be enough to attract any nearby fish. Tide Times Full Moon: 18th April 2011

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