Weekly Report 22 Jul 11

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Weekly Report 22 Jul 11

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:43 pm

Consistent fishing is keeping fishermen busy of late with the change in temperature there has been a variety of species on offer. Species like barra and jacks are starting to come on the chew and by changing your technique and lure choice some nice fish are being caught. With the mornings producing ideal conditions to fish the headlands and rock walls these areas have been fishing well. Using smaller soft plastics such as the DOA CAL rigged on a light weight jig head is the ideal lure to be casting around these areas. Letting the lure sink and retrieving it along the rock ledge is often when most bites are felt. There are schools of smaller trevallys patrolling the rockwalls at the moment making for some enjoyable by-catch as they are willing to attack anything they can get their fins on. The northern beaches remain productive for flathead and whiting, baits like yabbies and prawn will see you snaring a few bites. Using a light spin set up on a long soft rod is the most common outfit when targeting bread and butter species.

Creeks to the south of Townsville like the Haughton and Morrissey’s are seeing some barra taking lures in the snags although the fish have been mainly undersize with a few jumping over legal size. In the snags the Koolabung razorback is a proven lure as it walks through the timber easily and is eaten by fish of all sizes. Hinchinbrook is still fishing consistently well for most estuary species. Using bait, grunter and bream are making for entertaining fishing and after a day a feed is often secured. Live baiting is catching barra and they seem to be taking mullet baits as well as prawn which is usually number one. Much the same with lures as there has been good numbers of quality jacks adding to the days tally. Jacks will often test any loose drags and be quick to snag you so when targeting these red beasts make sure you are ready for a battle.

Many keen anglers who have taken advantage of the calm conditions and launched the boat have returned not being disappointed with the action. Pushing out around the Cape, Salamander and West Point is seeing some nice fingermark landed with live bait. Soft plastics are working also with the Gulp 7’’ jerkshad and Z-man Grubz two favourites. In terms of the mackerel inshore the doggies have thinned out with only a few trevally around the stretch arms. Further out around the Palm island group there have been some excellent Coral Trout being caught and the numbers are also promising. Fishing towards the reef edges has been the main spots they are showing up and live baits like yakkas or herring don’t last long. If you can’t get live bait using fresh slab bait is the next best but plastics and blades are worth dropping down into the action. Past the shoals the mackerel have been on the chew although the bait has been a little hard to find and as most of you know bait balls are paramount when it comes to finding mackerel.

The tides are slowing which should make a spot of barra fishing ideal. Getting your hands on some live bait preferably prawn and sitting at a few proven snags should see yourself into the action. Casting some lures chasing jacks should be productive for the adventurous few just make sure that you drag is set. Tide Times New Moon: 31st July 2011

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