Weekly Report 15 Sep 11

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Weekly Report 15 Sep 11

Post by Brad » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:45 pm

The Ross river weirs are again producing good barramundi with most coming from lures cast and retrieved on a very slow twitch and roll. Soft plastics are getting a good run also with lightly weighted paddle tails doing well. Putting in a good few hours and sticking to proven lures will see you getting a strike as it’s just a matter of putting in the casts. To the north of Townsville the Lucinda jetty has been alive with prawns and fishermen putting the rod down and opting for a cast net are seeing excellent numbers of prawns. Most are of good size and if enough time is spent casting a decent meal of garlic prawns is not out of the question. This influx of bait has turned the fish on and legal barramundi have been caught off of the jetty and surrounding areas. The Lakes in Townsville are doing well for bream with the larger tides producing consistent action and a simple peeled prawn on a running sinker rig is ample. They will also take lures and soft plastics with one of my favourites being the range of Gulp prawns in the smaller sizes. There are good schools of mud herring in the Lakes at the moment and the bigger predatory fish shouldn’t far away from these schools.

The weather is heating up which in turn has warmed the water and made the barramundi more active resulting in some very good catches in recent weeks. Just about all the techniques used for targeting barramundi have been gaining some form of success ranging from trolling deep diving hard bodies, jigging soft vibes to casting both minnows and soft plastics. It is an ideal time to be gearing up and starting to target this wonderful sportfish. Most of the surrounding creek and river systems are worth a try with no real favourite standing out although the Hinchinbrook Channel is a great area to fish as being so large less boat traffic is often encountered. Good reports are also filtering in of nice size fingermark being caught and the live baits are getting their attention. A good size live herring of prawn fished in the right area normally doesn’t last long when the fingermark are around so be ready to strike and put the heat on these fish as they are masters at snagging you up once hooked.

With conditions being modest larger boats headed out and those that stayed overnight had a ball with large schools of large mouth nannygai turning up with the gloves on and creating mayhem when on the chew. If fresh cuttlefish bait was on the bottom then it wasn’t lasting long with almost every angler hooking up when the nannygai were biting. A favourite fish to target in the day is the coral trout and mixed reports were heard of these great eating species with some boats seeing constant action and others only managing a few for the trip. Inshore areas such as Rattlesnake Island and Magnetic Island were fished by many smaller boats and the action was reasonable with schools of tuna and mackerel seen feeding however it was hard work getting a bite. Casting small metal slices into the bait schools and using a quick retrieve is a popular technique to catch these fish when they can be a bit tricky.

Picking up the baitcaster and grabbing a bunch of your favourite lures to target a barra or two is a great option. Casting and trolling will see you into the action and with good tides falling over the weekend it looks good for a spot of lure fishing at surrounding creeks and rivers. Tide Times New Moon: 27th September 2011

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