Weekly Report 3 Dec 11

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Weekly Report 3 Dec 11

Post by Brad » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:09 pm

LAND BASED
Warmer weather and overcast conditions have been improving the fishing with healthy catches of mangrove jacks and some big tarpon as well. A great lure for mangrove jacks off the bank is the DOA prawn, cast and retrieved with a slow wind works well. Fishing around any structure including sunken trees and rocks are ideal spots to focus your efforts on catching a jack or two. Smaller poppers are recommended lures for the tarpon that have been around and when using that style of lure many species can be landed. The humble flathead has been on the chew recently also with a few numbers being caught at the mouth of the Ross River and along Pallarenda beach. North Queensland flathead have to be one of the most difficult fish to handle and having a pair of lip grippers at hand makes it much easier for the release.

INSHORE
Healthy catches of fingermark are still flowing in with the inshore headlands producing the goods. Soft plastics have been the item of choice when targeting fingermark in particular the Gulp squid viscous and the Jackall Transam sinking vibe. Using a jigging retrieve with sharp hops of the lure then allowing it to sink back down and continuing the process proves effective. A rod and reel set up spooled with 20-30lb braid will achieve the best action from the lures and still be able to land the majority of fish hooked. Fingermark or golden snapper have a minimum size limit of 35cm and a bag limit of 5. Another favourite fish for many is the grunter and the bigger barred models are great sport when hooked. Often when you catch a grunter it doesn’t stop at just one with good numbers usually showing up. Bait is a sure way of getting them to bite and prawn or fresh slab baits are proven producers. Grunter often have a tentative bite and allowing them to take the bait longer than usual then slowly setting the hook can see a difference in catches at the end of the day.

OFFSHORE & BAY
A spell of decent weather allowed for some very exciting offshore fishing with a large array of species landed ranging from mackerel on stick bait and popper lures to some thumping red emperor and large mouth nannygai caught on bait off the bottom. Anglers fishing around the wrecks experienced fairly consistent action with some nice cobia caught and in good numbers whilst also having some great spanish mackerel fishing on surface lures. Further out there were coral trout and various emperor species caught around the reefs with both jigs and bait accounting for fish. Coral trout anglers had a ball as after recent spawning they were well and truly on the chew as reports reflected this. In the deeper water around the 50m mark the lucky few scored some cracker red emperor and large mouth nannygai on slab and fresh squid baits. Drifting over productive spots rather than anchoring was showing to be successful and more area can be covered. One common occurrence in recent times has been the numbers of cobia around and some big ones peeling off drags as well. Cobia otherwise known as black kingfish are a great fighting fish and have a size limit of 75cm and a bag limit of 2 so please abide by the current regulations in place if you do catch a few.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
With the current weather conditions having a day on the creek chasing a few grunter and jacks should prove entertaining. Using fresh slab bait and fishing on the run out tide is the ideal time to catch a few of these fish. Tide Times Full Moon: Sunday 11th December 2011

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