Weekly Report 2 Sep 11

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Weekly Report 2 Sep 11

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:50 am

Good reports are still flowing in of great land based fishing to be had. Ross creek is turning up some nice mangrove jacks fishing the bridges and various rock bars. Live herring and poddy mullet are ideal baits to use if you are after a good mangrove jack. In terms of lures the Koolabung blades and the range of DOA plastics will catch fish when cast and retrieved around productive areas. Fishing the morning run in tide has been the better time with most bites achieved before the top of the high tide. The northern beaches are fishing well for most species including bream, flathead, grunter and salmon with best results coming from those using fresh bait. Prawns and gar fillets are favourite baits when fished with a small running sinker matched to a 2/0 size hook. Walking out to the mouth of the many creeks including Saunders and Balgal whilst having a chair ready and good bait on hand is proving successful on the high tide. It has been well worth throwing a few crab pots in with good size bucks being caught in reasonable numbers.

Barra and jacks have been in the minds of many anglers fishing the creeks lately with good numbers of fish being reported. The mangrove jacks have been on the chew with fish over 40cm being regularly caught on both bait and lures. Morrissey’s is seeing the majority of action and with anglers fishing the many snag lined banks with success. Further north of Townsville the Hinchinbrook Channel is continuing its run of good fishing with Barra being caught in healthy numbers. Lure fishing is the more common style used by anglers when heading up to the channel and casting into the timber is providing them with relative steady action. Lures include the Koolabung Razorback Prawn and the range of Strada bibbed minnows. Don’t forget the crabs pots either with the great crabbing staying consistent and hopefully it will continue for the next couple of weeks. Try setting your pots at the mouth of smaller creek systems and allowing them to soak for a good amount of time as this allows any nearby crabs to find the great accommodation available in your pot.

Over the previous weekend the weather was quite unpredictable for the few that ventured out although Sunday seemed to be the pick of the days. This saw boats once again chasing coral trout and also hitting the wrecks for some great arm stretching fun. The coral trout were caught by anglers targeting them and in reasonable numbers although a bit of moving was required to see larger hauls captured. Trolling for mackerel around the shoals was favoured by many boats and from most reports the Spanish mackerel caught averaged around the 10kg mark making for a very generous feed of fish to go with the chips. A few very large sharks have been there to spoil the fun by both taking fish whilst the angler is hooked up and also grabbing baits intended for the mighty Spanish mackerel.

The easiest way is to break the line if a large shark jumps on as fights can continue in excess of the hour mark and waste precious time which could be used to troll for another mackerel. The annual Townsville Billfish Challenge for 2011 is on again which is always heaps of fun, fingers crossed the billfish show up for the tournament. If you are into your sport fishing and in particular the billfish action a great website to check out is http://www.blackmarlinfishingblog.com.au - http://www.blackmarlinfishingblog.com.au/ ) it will keep you up to date on all the events around Australia.

Targeting a few jacks this weekend would be a suitable option with the conditions on hand. Sourcing some good live bait and a few proven lures with a bit of persistence should see you into the action. Going after a few grunter, bream and flathead is a good option towards the northern beaches for the family whilst having a chance of securing a few fillets. Tide Times Full Moon: 12th September 2011

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