Weekly Report 27 May 11

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Weekly Report 27 May 11

Post by Brad » Fri May 27, 2011 11:10 am

Whiting have been very popular for anglers this week with good numbers caught, certainly enough for a feed. Spots such as Pallarenda, Saunders Beach, Balgal Beach and further south to Phillips Landing have all proven to be prime areas to target these fish. The creeks to the north of Townsville like Crystal have seen some nice Jungle Perch and sweet water Jacks entertaining fisherman casting small poppers and diving minnows. Walking upstream proves effective and the further you go up normally the better the fishing and it is also great exercise, combining fishing with bushwalking can be great for the heart in more than one way. On the local front schools of small trevally and the odd wolf herring are being caught off the Strand jetty and adjacent rock walls. Metal slices and blades retrieved quickly are a great way to tangle with these fish. However do be aware that there is a bag limit of 10 per angler on wolf herring. Although not much to eat the humble wolf herring does make an excellent Spanish mackerel bait.

After a weekend of mild conditions there were some productive barra reports. Nice fish were caught at local creeks with Morrissey’s creek producing the goods. Lure fishing shallow snags was effective and when a fish was caught it was unlikely that he was by himself. Casting lures also managed a few jacks and most were of legal size or better which is a welcome edition to any angler’s ice box. I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy a feed of mud crabs and if you have crab pots now is the time to get some bait and throw em out under a float. The creek beds have been crawling with crabs and some of the most productive spots seem to be Plantation Creek, Barrattas, Morrissey’s and the Hinchinbrook channel. For those just starting or thinking of getting a few pots you can use four pots per person and the crabs must be male and of legal size 15cm across the carapace with a bag limit of 10 per person.

The winds were less than ideal however a few of the bigger boats ventured out and were able to harass the local trout population. Once anchored though fellow crew members were soon over the side creating a steady berley trail of last night’s dinner for others to observe. The deepwater shoals where a little slow with the largemouth nannygai numbers more like a trickle rather than the usual flow with only a few fish landed. Reports indicated that the shallow waters seemed more productive with coral trout, red throat emperor and spangled emperor dominating the catch. The inshore wrecks produced plenty of Cobia with the odd monster queenfish and trevally keeping rods bent throughout the day. In terms of mackerel the reports look promising for a great season ahead with most trolling baits or lures seeing some action but the weather has slowed the reports in recent days.

The winds look ordinary and after celebrating the Queenslanders win over the Blues on Wednesday one would ask what is the next best thing to fishing?? Looking at fishing gear!! The Townsville Fishing and Outdoor is on again this weekend so hop, skip, jump or swim just get there to grab some awesome deals as it’s a great event for the whole family. Tide Times New Moon: 2nd June 2011

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