Weekly Report 12 Aug 11

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Weekly Report 12 Aug 11

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:04 am

Land based fishing has improved around the various rock walls and in particular the rock pool and Pallarenda. Some nice Barra are being caught on smaller lures and the ever popular Koolabung blade in the afternoons. Along the beach and towards the rocks at Pallarenda healthy numbers of trevally, tarpon and queenfish are being caught which make for great sport when fishing with light line. Poppers, soft plastics and smaller metal slices work well when targeting these fish. Having calm weather will improve the fishing and encourage the fish to feed closer up onto the beach and in most cases you can see the fish before you catch them. Closer to home the mouth of Ross River is seeing a few good size flathead taking well-presented prawn or yabbie bait. Flathead are a great species to target as they are willing to take lures and fall to baits easily making them an ideal candidate to get the kids into fishing. The run out tide I find is better for flathead and fishing the drop offs from shallow sand flats is a prime ambush spot for them to lie in wait.

Hinchinbrook and the surrounding creek systems are all fishing well for barramundi with fishing the snags proving the better option. Casting diving lures into the timber and in particular the Razor back prawn from Koolabung in the natural colours. Anglers fishing the deeper holes are encountering some decent threadfin salmon with good numbers and size, some reaching near the metre mark. The Jackall Transam is without doubt one of the best lures for this style of fishing with already a string of big fish to its name you are one step behind if there isn’t a few in your tackle box. Locally the Bohle is turning up some nice bream and grunter for bait fishermen and generally a few are big enough that they go well with some chips and a slice of lemon.

A bout of good weather saw plenty of boats heading out the reef and from reports the fish cooperated which makes a good trip better. A species that is always targeted when heading to the reef is the coral trout and good numbers of these graced the decks in recent days. Coral trout respond well to lures and bait with certain fishermen jigging the deeper water and having good results with the average fish being 60cm. Spanish mackerel were also caught trolling hard body lure and floating pilchards doing the most damage by securing a handful of nice fish for the esky. The red fishing was productive at night on squid and cuttlefish bait, largemouth nannygai and red emperor being the majority of the catch. The weather was calm enough for anglers to fish the deeper water for sought after species which allowed for some very exciting fishing to be had, many lucky enough to get a healthy amount of fish for the freezer and test their favourite rod and reel combo out. Inshore magnetic island shoals and salamander reef saw Spanish mackerel landed on trolled baits such as gar and wolf herring. Finding the bait was the key as once located the action was thick and fast.

Larger tides would prove ideal for some mackerel fishing if the weather permits although fishing the creeks for either barramundi in the snags or some bream and grunter on bait are all worth a try. Tide Times New Moon: 31st July 2011

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