Weekly Report 6 May 11

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Weekly Report 6 May 11

Post by Brad » Fri May 06, 2011 7:15 am

Off the bank this week there was some nice fish caught on both lures and bait. Anglers fishing the rockwall saw healthy numbers of smaller grassy sweetlip taking peeled prawn. These are a great species to get the kids into as they put up a decent fight and are relatively easy to catch. The odd barra has been taking fizzers at night cast along the rock wall itself. The Northern Beaches have again been producing good size flathead with soft plastics a sure favourite. Balgal and Saunders seem to be the most productive spots and fishing the turn of the high tide is a great time to catch a few of these fish. In terms of freshwater, there are plenty of tarpon in the lagoons south of Townsville towards Ayr. Flicking a few Koolabung blades and smaller marabou jigs has been resulting in some very entertaining tarpon sessions for anglers.

Barra were on the minds of many anglers fishing the creeks such as the Haughton and Morrissey’s and reports suggest mixed captures from anglers both live baiting and lure fishing. Those casting lures tangled with a few smaller barra but larger fish seemed harder to temp. However those anglers dedicated enough to find live herring and larger prawn encountered bigger barra around the 70-80cm plus mark. The jacks were on the chew with good size fish landed making for a welcome addition to any ice box. Live herring were the key to success when it came to landing a fingermark or two with the average fish ranging between 40-50cm. The Hinchinbrook channel saw a flock of boats head up over there over the long weekend and many had the rod bent and drag screaming through out the day. The humble Threadfin Salmon turned up towards the lower end around the mouths of the Herbert and Seymour. These fish are an absolute thrill to catch with lightning speed runs and an attitude not to mess with. Smaller Trevally and Queenfish have shown up in popular spots which are great fun to catch on smaller poppers and slices. The bigger tides seem to be more productive when chasing these species.

The reef has been a little hit and miss lately with some reporting good catches and others not as happy. The coral trout numbers seem to be down but the quality of fish is definetly up with some very nice trout coming over the side in recent weeks. The red throat emperors seem to be playing the game saving many a trip with good numbers filling iceboxes. Cape Cleveland & Cape Upstart has been the places to soak a few live squid of late with some very nice fingermark being reports from these areas. The lure and soft plastics anglers have also been taking there fair share around the reef edges and wrecks scattered through out Halifax bay. The pure yellow with black stripe RMG Scorpion and the Strada Luana in bright green are proving to be the perfect lures for trolling up these big fingermark. While the choice of soft plastics have been varied a tried and tested plastics would have to be the Gulp 7” Jerk Shad also in bright colours. The Spanish mackerel reports are slowly on the increase with some nice fish around the 20kg mark caught over the long weekend. This is not that unusual and if this cooler weather continues the water temperature is sure to drop and hopefully trigger one of the best ever mackerel seasons.

The tides are on the neap this weekend with very little run to talk about, at this stage the late afternoon and Saturday night tides look the best. The nights should be dark so if the weather permits a spot of live baiting for fingermark sounds like an option, if you can get some live squid. Tide Times New Moon: 3rd May 2011

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