Weekly Report 13 Oct 11

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Weekly Report 13 Oct 11

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:27 am

Land based areas which cannot always be fished primarily because of less than ideal weather conditions are producing the goods. Pallarenda, Shelly Beach, Rowes bay, the Rock Pool and the Casino Rock Wall are all prime candidates with calmer weather among us at present. Walking around the headland at Pallarenda towards shelly beach can provide excellent land based fishing with a large variety of species on offer. These can range from barramundi, mangrove jacks, flathead, trevally, queenfish and grunter all of which are great fun to catch. If you can carry a bucket around the headland, live baits work well and the calmer weather seems to draw the bait into the bays in which you are fishing, so it’s not normally a hassle getting enough livies. Casting lures will catch fish also and I prefer to use shallow diving minnows such as the Strada Tracka and the Bolt Taser range. Casting and retrieving along the various rocks is the more common method. Imparting twitches in your retrieve and allowing the lure to float up slightly is enough to entice a strike.

The creeks are well and truly heating up know with consistent catches of barramundi and jacks coming for all walks of life. Areas such as Morrissey’s creek and the Haughton River are proving worthwhile with a few salmon getting caught also. Casting deep diving minnows and sinking vibes along the deeper stretches of these systems is proving to be a successful method. The deeper holes are best targeted on the low tide as any weary fish soon retreat to deeper water for the lower stage of the tide. This is when having a sinking lure works well as letting it fall to the bottom and beginning a hoping retrieve attracts nearby fish to feed. Cape Cleveland in the many rocky bays is seeing healthy catches also with fingermark salmon and barramundi being the majority of species caught. The high tide around the rocks when slightly clearer water is found is when your lures should be thrown. Further north the Hinchinbrook channel has slowed down slightly although the northern end of the channel and around to Missionary bay are still holding good numbers of barra.

Reasonable conditions on the water have once again seen an influx of reef and pelagic species grace the decks of anglers’ vessels. One fish in particular that has stood out in both quality and quantity is the red throat emperor. Bag limits have been reached resulting in fish still being caught and released. Red throat emperor can be caught on both lures and bait. They also taste excellent with many anglers placing them on par with coral trout. In the red fish scene largemouth nannygai were caught at deeper shoals and around rubble bottom with cuttlefish heads, good size squid and slab baits doing the damage. An area where you consistently catch largemouth nannygai will also produce red emperor and they will take much the same baits. Spanish mackerel are still getting caught with the humble floater at the back of the boat securing a few for the ice box. Ideal conditions this weekend should see many boats getting out to the reef.

Weather permitting launching the boat and heading around the inshore islands, shoals and towards the reef would a reasonable option. Targeting bottom fish like nannygai, coral trout and red throat emperor whilst trolling lures for a spanish mackerel or two gives you a few options up your sleeve. Tide Times New Moon: 27th October 2011

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