Weekly Report 6 Oct 11

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Weekly Report 6 Oct 11

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:30 pm

Some great land based fishing has been had in recent times and in particular the barramundi fishing is definitely on the rise. Ross river is turning up some great fish on lures and prime time has been sunset. This time of year is ideal for barra fishing as the water is warming and the upcoming wet season brings on the fish to feed and start to fire up. Another great species that have been around in numbers is tarpon. These are an excellent light line fish as they fight great with jumps and are willing to eat a variety of different lures. Small poppers, marabou jigs and Koolabung blades work well and areas such as the lakes and around the various bridges in Ross creek are all worth a cast. The northern beaches are fishing well for those who enjoy using bait with salmon, bream, grunter and whiting all adding to a mixed bag. Pumping fresh yabbies is the best bait for these fish with fresh prawn coming a close second. Parking up at the mouth of the various creeks and fishing the turn of the tide should see some action being had.

Once again the Hinchinbrook channel is giving anglers loads of enjoyment with a variety of species on offer. These are ranging from some nice fingermark around the back of the island and around Lucinda jetty. Jigging Gulp lures and the range of Z-man Grubz all seen to get some attention. There has been some great barramundi fishing also and casting lures at the mouths of smaller creeks on the run out tide is seeing healthy numbers caught. Although throwing into the snags is gaining a little bit more variety with mangrove jacks and plenty of cod jumping on for a ride. Using floating lures diving to 3 metres is ideal and fished with a slow twitching action with pauses allowing the lure to float up slightly is the preferred action. More popular creeks such as Morrisseys is seeing plenty of fish being caught although not always being monsters. Smaller barramundi around the 50cm mark have been very willing to smack lures which are great fun as they make an excellent time passer throughout the day.

With many boats heading out of the past few spells of decent weather good reports flushed in and the fish seemed to be very cooperative. Shallower water species like coral trout and red throat emperor were taking slab baits with jigs catching their fair share as well. The deeper water saw largemouth nannnygai and red emperor in healthy numbers and some absolute brutes were landed over the genuine 10kg mark. Dropping down big fresh baits haven’t lasted long and live bait has been getting belted even quicker. Proven red fish spots have really turned it on for anglers with bag limits reached in record time with the sharks being not too much of a hassle either. Boats targeting Spanish mackerel had equal success with trolled hard body lures doing wonders. Mackerel in the 10–15kg range has been the average size with the odd bigger fish turning up. Out wide around the shelf has been alive and some great dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and wahoo fishing I’ve heard of a few marlin being caught also.

Targeting a few barramundi on lures this weekend would be a good option in the various creeks around Townsville. If the weather holds then a spot of trolling for spanish mackerel should gain some fish for dinner as getting out in the morning the trip can only take a few hours to catch your share of these pelagic fish. Tide Times New Moon: 27th September 2011

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