Weekly Report 20 May 11

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Weekly Report 20 May 11

Post by Brad » Fri May 20, 2011 2:08 pm

Local land based fisherman have reported heaps of bait around at popular spots such as the rockwall, rock pool and the strand jetty. Where there is bait often enough there is predators and this has been the case over the last few days. Anglers tangled with barra, flathead, trevally and the odd cod. Amongst these species there has been some very nice tarpon lurking around. These fish can be a hard fish to tempt at times although smaller surface lures, blades and lightly weighted soft plastics are a few lures which seem to get a bite. For those bait fishing the grunter have been thick with fish around 35-40cm the average size although bigger fish have been caught. Grunter can also be caught on lures and I find the Koolabung blades work great with keeping the blade close to bottom the best way to fish them.

The full moon was upon us on Tuesday night which led to big tides on the weekend really firing the feeding fish up. There have been plenty of good reports from the surrounding creeks and headlands on both lures and bait. The water temperature has dropped significantly in the past few weeks leading to a variety of different species on offer. In the creeks south of Townsville such as Haughton, Morrissey and the Barrattas the lure fisherman have recorded healthy numbers of Salmon, with both blue and threadfin showing up. There has been good numbers of Barra as well with fish up to 85cm taking lures. The cooler weather can make barra fishing difficult but downsizing your lure size and spending a bit more time in likely looking areas can see you into the action while still wearing a jumper! The creeks have seen the typical winter time Pikey Bream dominate any prawn bait and on the run out tide good numbers have been reported with consistent action for most of the tide. Fishing towards headlands and river mouths are rewarding anglers with fingermark on live baits, fish up to 9kg are still showing themselves which at that size are considerably old fish.

Mackerel are still staying consistent but the weather is the main factor keeping anglers away from the action. Traditional methods of floating pillies in the berley trail catches mackerel although trolling bigger lures and wolf herring is a proven way to tangle with bigger Spaniards. The shipping channel, Cape Cleveland & Salamander reef, Palm Island’s Albino rock and Cape Upstart and the mackerel shoals off the Haughton and 12mile shoals of Alva Beach are all great spots to chase these fish. For a spot of bottom bashing Maggie shoals are producing great reds and ripper large mouth nannygai on baits. Using baits such as cuttlefish heads and pinkies are a sure way to target big reds. In terms of reef fishing the weather has kept most anglers to fishing inshore but boats lucky enough to head out have recorded steady numbers of trout.

With the bream on the chew and the winds ruling out mackerel fishing a spot of bait fishing in the creek would be great option. Fishing the afternoon run out with fresh prawn bait should see some rods bent and some great bream action. Tide Times New Moon: 2nd June 2011

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