Weekly Report 28 Oct 11

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Weekly Report 28 Oct 11

Post by Brad » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:47 am

A popular land based area which is always worth a cast is the Casino break wall and in recent times some nice fish have been caught directly off of the wall itself. It is one of my favourite spots to fish mainly because it’s such a big area to cast around and it really brings the fun part of fishing as not knowing what might jump on your line next. Many different species have been caught here ranging from queenfish, trevally and mackerel to barramundi, jacks and salmon, I have even heard of small coral trout caught from the rocks. By far the most popular species to target is barramundi at the rock wall and to target these using both lures and live bait work well. A favourite lure is the DOA prawn soft plastics and the Yo-Zuri 3D minnows. Casting and retrieving along the wall is the best method to bring in some attention from nearby fish. In terms of bait fishing live herring and prawn are the better baits to have for Barra although using slab and prawn baits will see more of your bream, grunter and cod showing up.

The time has come as the last weekend before the close of barramundi season on the east coast of Queensland is upon us which officially closes on midday 1st of November. I am sure that almost every keen angler will be out trying to get into a few Barra before the 1st of November comes and there are a few spots that will have you in with a good chance. The Hinchinbrook Channel is seeing a few caught of late although not always being of decent size, there is still been a few legal fish showing up. The coastal rivers north of Cardwell have been producing healthy catches of both Barra and salmon for lure fishers. Missionary bay is another area with some nice fish being caught and by casting shallow diving lures around the 1 metre depth is the go. To the south of Townsville the Haughton River and the Barrattas creek have been the pick of spots with catches of both barramundi, mangrove jacks and a few crocodile size flathead which have some great bursts of speed once hooked. Whether you are off the bank or in the boat, heading out this weekend and targeting your last barramundi or two is definitely worth a shot.

A combination of Coral Reef Fin Fish Closure and the windy conditions slowed the reports down just remember there are still a few options in the bay when conditions are not ideal. Magnetic Island normally has some shelter in the many bays and casting soft plastics around bommies and rocky ledges will see a variety of different species caught. One often over looked species up this way at least which can be caught around Magnetic Island is squid. They make great bait when fresh and even better eating in a few bread crumbs. Using squid jigs cast around the rocks timed with a slow retrieve works well and it pays to have a few different colours of jigs too, we have found the IKA range of squid jigs to work best in particular the UV Blast series. Some good size fingermark are showing up as well caught in the day using the range of Gulp lures with the new Squid vicious a sure winner. Matched with a 5/0 jig head and reasonable weight jigging these lures around the headlands and shoal areas often produce good fingermark.

With only one weekend left this year to catch a Barra you guested it, I would be trying to bag a few of these great fish. The creeks and river mouths and even the beach fronts seem to be the places producing the bigger fish at the moment so gear up and get into em!! Tide Times Full Moon: 11th November 2011

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