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Weekly Report 21 Oct 11

Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:05 pm
by Brad
With the slight patches of rain received the Ross River weirs are again fishing well. Barramundi are the main species targeted with some trophy class fish showing up measuring well into triple digits. The lakes have had their fair share of action also with some good catches of smaller barramundi, mangrove jacks and tarpon. Dropping down your lure size will receive a lot more attention and see more fish caught. As the old saying goes ‘elephants do eat peanuts’ and this is true in fishing as well as big fish can be caught on surprisingly small lures. Small divers in the Duel, Strada and Cultiva range are all worth having in the tackle box. There has also been some nice catches of mangrove jacks in the Ross River saltwater reaches with live baits claiming the majority of the fish. Below Aplins Weir and around the large rock bar upstream from Rooney’s’ bridge are areas worthy of a fish.

The Barramundi closed season is not far off and with the creek fishing well and truly on the rise targeting a few of these great fish before they are off limits is the plan of action for most anglers. Morrissey’s creek and the Haughton River are two systems close to home that have been reporting healthy numbers of Barra. There are many ways to target Barra ranging from live baiting, casting lures to trolling and all of these methods do catch fish. Trolling in particular though is seeing some nice Barra caught with the fish generally being larger. Using lures with a rattle and having three sets of trebles provides a better hook up rate with the rattle attracting the fish to strike the lure also. The Oargee brand of lures make some great models for trolling with some good colours in the range too.

Good enough conditions saw plenty of boats hit the reef and some good reports were coming from across the park. Coral trout and the various emperors were the main species caught. A species that stood out was the green job fish which were around in both numbers and good size. Green job fish fight hard and can be caught on both jigs and bait. There were a few Spanish mackerel on the chew as well and a popular technique of trolling deep diving lures accounted for majority of fish. Those targeting red fish like largemouth nannygai and red emperor had reasonable success with school size fish around 6kg being more common. With ideal conditions the brave few ventured out towards the continental shelf targeting dogtooth tuna and as usual freight trains were hooked with no chance of stopping them. There were good numbers of these fish around and by far the most popular way of catching them is jigging metal jigs. This is a very exciting way of fishing and successful when targeting deep water species.

With only another weekend left to catch your last Barra for the year heading up the creeks and targeting a Barra of two is a plan worth putting into action. Trolling deeper diving lures around ledges and underwater structure should see some Barra jumping into the esky.
Tide Times New Moon: 27th October 2011