Weekly Report 4 Aug 11

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Weekly Report 4 Aug 11

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:52 pm

Similar conditions to last week has seen the Lakes still fishing well for a variety of different species. Bream, mangrove jacks, tarpon and some nice flathead have all been caught and all of these species can be targeted on lures and bait. The casino rockwall is also turning up some nice barra with smaller soft plastics proving effective. Gathering some live bait such as prawn and herring, and setting up along the rock wall using very little weight is a technique that can often produce results. The run out tide is a good time to be fishing and when it coincides with sunrise or sunset you have a good chance of getting a few fish. Another great land based location is the Causeway near the Civic theatre and there has been a swag of fish caught there recently.

Schools of trevally are willing to attack small minnows and poppers cast through the tide with some nice flathead and jacks taking soft plastics worked through the rocks. Live baiting is seeing the bigger flathead caught with a few barra just around the legal size getting into the action as well. Just keep in mind as this is a popular spot other anglers are usually fishing around the same area so a little fishing etiquette wont go astray. As you are all there to have a good time not casting over other anglers lines and giving others enough space will see many good times to be had in the future.

The crabbing seems to have picked up of late with some nice bucks entering crab pots set with fresh bait. To the south of Townsville the Morrissey’s creek is still rewarding anglers with some nice bread and butter species. Caught on a simple running sinker rig with fresh prawn and slab bait is all that is needed. A few nice fingermark are showing up in catches of those willing to work for some live bait with herring proving to be the best bait. Fishing the deeper holes and larger snags is where the majority of fish have been showing up. Barra and salmon are taking live baits also when fishing in the same areas as the fingermark, which for many fishermen would be an excellent by-catch. Hinchinbrook channel was graced with the presence of many fellow anglers over the weekend and some nice fish were landed. There were some nice barra taken on lures with the Koolabung razorback again being a favourite. Locally known as the ‘Ferret’ keen angler Ethan Farrell scored a great catch landing a 120cm Threadfin Salmon on 4lb line which is a truly awesome catch, well done mate.

I’m sure the consistent strong wind is causing growing frustration and fishing withdrawal symptoms for keen reef and jig fishermen. When calmer weather is on the horizon almost everyone will be out there giving it a crack. Reports inshore suggest there is still a few nice doggie mackerel swimming around with a steady berley trail and a pillie on a set of gang hooks doing the damage. Golden trevally and the odd cobia are also getting caught, both are hard fighters and you surely know when one of these jumps on the line. If you are lucky enough to catch a cobia keep in mind that they do have a size limit of 75cm and a bag limit of 2 per person.

With the winds still staying steady a spot of fishing in the estuary is a more comfortable option this weekend, but fingers crossed around Tuesday/Wednesday we should see the winds drop out. Throwing a few lures should see a barra or two landed and live baiting is the way to entice a fingermark. Live prawn and herring are the baits to have and spending the time to secure them both gives you a better chance of landing a few fish. Tide Times New Moon: 31st July 2011

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