Weekly Report 8 Jul 11

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Weekly Report 8 Jul 11

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:51 am

Finally Opera House Pots (red claw traps) are back in stock. For those of you interested the great wet season experienced around the country over the past six months has resulted in the supply of pots not being able to keep up with demand. Jackall Brother Transams are about a week away with 10 colours coming. I personally will be very keen to get my hands on some. As previously mentioned these lures are extremely popular so if you are interested in getting your hands on some send an email to me at danny@tackleworldtownsville.com.au (mailto:danny@tackleworldtownsville.com.au ) or phone the store on 07 47251266 and I will let you know when they come in.

The land based fishing has been fairly productive when it comes to bread and butter species like bream, grunter, whiting and the humble flathead. TheCasino rockwall and Pallarenda are two spots worth throwing a line in with anglers reporting better fishing on either side of the high tide. To the north of Townsville the fresh water creeks such as crystal creek are fishing well for jungle perch and towards Cardwell some nice sooty grunter are showing up as well. Walking the banks of almost any freshwater creek that has a decent amount of running water in it will yield results and they can be any thing from barra, sooties, JP’s, tarpon and jacks. Try using smaller hard bodied lures, poppers and of course the Koolabung blade. It is a relaxing way to fish which can become very exciting when you are into the fish but just remember as far a you walk upstream you still have to walk back!

After consistent crabbing they seem to be thinning out slightly with smaller crabs now seeking accommodation in pots. Using fresh bait and setting your crab pots away from others is your best chance of taking home a few legal crabs. The Haughton River and Morrissey creek are popular spots for fishermen and this week has been no exception with grunter of decent size taking baits around the gutter mouths and drop offs with some bream and salmon adding to the bag. Casting lures into the snags is also proving productive for mangrove jacks and barra. Getting tight into the snags is receiving much more attention and a way of getting in further than a standard hard body is to use weedless rigged soft plastics. When rigged right they can be cast just about anywhere inevitably result in more fish caught. The Z-man StreakZ soft plastics are a favourite when rigged like this.

Some nice fingermark are stretching arms at areas such as Cape Cleveland, Lucinda Jetty and West point. Live baits, soft plastics and blade style lures are proving effective. Good size queenfish and golden trevally are making for entertaining by catch as well. Fisherman using baits at the shoals have reported some nice nannygai and cobia with a heap of trevally around which keep you busy throughout the day. In terms of mackerel the doggies are still making their presence felt inshore around the shipping channel and Magnetic Island. The Spaniards have been in healthy numbers with fish still around 6-12kg still being most common. Floating a pilchard or live bait works well whilst anchored up and trolling wolf herring is a more productive way of tackling a Spaniard or two.

Not a lot to report this week however despite the weather forecast hope the weather isn’t too bad for this weekend’s “North Queensland Spearfishing Titles”. For further information including eligible species, Living locations, rules, application form and fees, prizes up for grabs and more, go to the Townsville Skindiving Club website @ http://www.skindiving.org (http://www.skindiving.org/ ) and contact the Dive Officer for further details.

A spot of bait fishing for grunter and yellow fin bream would be a viable option this weekend. The tides are ideal for both bait and lure fishing as the steady run should see fish feeding actively. Try casting weedless soft plastics into the snags at local creek systems targeting a barra or jack. Tide Times Full Moon: 15th July 2011

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