Weekly Report 15 Jul 11

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Weekly Report 15 Jul 11

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:38 am

The land based fishing at local hotspots has remained fairly consistent with the weather affecting how certain areas have been fishing. With the few calmer mornings Pallarenda beach is proving entertaining with good size tarpon, queenfish and trevally keeping lines tight. The early morning as the sun is just rising is the better time to be out there. Magnetic island is a great spot to head over for a spot of land based fishing and anglers are being rewarded for their efforts. The various rock walls around and the popular Picnic bay jetty are showing up some nice queenfish and trevally also. If you are heading to Maggie for a fish don’t forget to pack the squid jigs as casting around the rocks and jetties can produce some nice squid which are always a welcome addition to the day. Closer to Townsville the Ross river weirs are beginning to improve with good size barra taking surface lures and shallow diving minnows in the arvo. Casting well into the night is an option as often the bait will begin to move into the shallows which is ideal for the barra which are actively feeding throughout these areas.

North of Townsville the ever popular Hinchinbrook channel is the place to be if you are wanting to snare a barra. The morning run out tide is when the majority of fish have been caught. Casting shallow diving minnows like the Koolabung 110mm live bait and the Strada range are doing the damage. Although anglers fishing the deeper holes and jigging the Jackall Transams are having great success with barra 80cm plus and the odd fingermark of above legal size adding to the days catch. The threadfin and blue salmon are making their presence felt also with the deeper holes being better areas to target and they haven’t been small either with some threadfin salmon jumping over the 90cm mark. Well he’s at it again the modern day goliath; Karim de Ridder has again reached a milestone for his angling career and jumping up the record for the 4lb club landing a massive 115cm saltwater barra on 4lb line. Well done Karim that’s an excellent fish and you can all see the photos on our website in coming days.

Less than ideal weather has restricted many smaller boats getting out into the action although the bigger vessels lucky enough to head out have reported healthy catches. The wrecks such as bomber and moonraker have been alive of late with plenty of mackerel willing to take unprepared rigs and hoards of trevally willing to stretch arms for hours on end. With some big queenfish around also a popular species that are often found at the wrecks are cobia, which have been around in numbers. Try using something with a bit more spice when after a cobia such as the Reefsnax and the Okta range of jigs. Those targeting red fish like nannygai and red emperor are still having success at the shoals although the reefs further out are proving more productive in both quality and quantity. Closer inshore the bay and Cape Cleveland are turning up doggie mackerel although from reports coming in they seem to be thinning out mainly from the cooler weather easing off.

Another windy weekend would make the creek the better option and with reasonable tides some fish should see the landing net. The run out being through midday and into the arvo try getting your hands on some sinking lures and jigging the deeper holes in the creeks chasing a barra or salmon. Planning a trip up the Hinchinbrook and doing some lure casting would be a great option also with plenty of fish kicking around there at the moment.

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