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Weekly Report 20 Aug 11

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:29 am
by Brad
LAND BASED
The many fresh water creeks are fishing well for jungle perch, sooty grunter and mangrove jacks. A great alternative when the winds are blowing and when tides are not ideal. Surface lures work such as smaller poppers and stick baits with a constant retrieve encouraging a strike. When chasing these fish try casting underneath over hanging trees and into spots of shade as often hungry fish will lie in wait waiting for insects to fall from the trees above. Local town spots like the mouth of the Ross River are still consistently producing good flathead for anglers fishing the run out tide. Also upstream of Ross creek at the Causeway, mangrove jacks are making a name for themselves taking both live bait and lures. Most anglers are leaving with the tackle box a little emptier and one tip is to upsize your leader a fraction. Using fluorocarbon leader material is more abrasion resistant making it a great choice when fishing around both snags and rocks.

INSHORE
With the Hinchinbrook channel cooperating for many fishermen it has been the spot to go if you are after some action. The southern end at creek and river mouths have been alive with trevallies and queenfish taking Arma metal slices, poppers and one favourite the well-known Koolabung blade. Barra ranging from 40 to 70cm are around in numbers also although getting a bite is proving difficult at time. The low tide has been the better time with most fish becoming more active and often this is when double hook ups are achieved. Try casting lightly weighted plastics and for the adventurous the fly rod works a treat in these situations. Larger flies like deceivers which push a bit more water in the white and chartreuse colours are doing the most damage. Creeks like Morrissey and Cocoa are turning up good crabs with some nice rusty bucks enjoying the bait provided.

OFFSHORE & BAY
The wrecks offshore from Townsville are alive with trevallies of all types taking jigs with a few Cobia and mackerel jumping on for a ride too. Getting up current of the wreck and drifting past proves most effective when jigging. The Dogtooth range of jigs are ideal and many a good fish have fallen to these jigs already, these jigs are one of my favourites as the profile is relatively short for the weight . From reports there is no shortage of mackerel out there although they have been hanging deep which is when trolling weighted wog head rigs is an ideal way to be fishing for them. Sinking the rig and bait down to the depth where the fish are hanging then trolling through them will entice a strike. On the red fish front, red emperor and large mouth nannies are taking baits at popular spots and the deeper water of 50m plus is seeing the larger fish caught. On the reef Coral trout are staying consistently on the bite with bag limits being reached after a day targeting them. Bait is producing more variety over the side including good size red throat emperor.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
With this weekend having some of the smallest tides all year the creeks should clear up which make lure casting ideal. Fishing with smaller lures and in natural colours to compensate for the clear water will be a good way to get a few fish. Casting at snags and fishing the deeper holes are two areas worth throwing a line in. Tide Times New Moon: 31st July 2011