Weekly Report 18 Feb 12

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Weekly Report 18 Feb 12

Post by Brad » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:47 pm

We have been blessed with some great conditions over the last week and this provided anglers with some great fishing. In particular Pallarenda has been fishing well with species such as queenfish, grunter, flathead and a few barramundi have all been caught. A popular and effective technique to get into some action has been to get a bucket full of live bait and sit out the run out tide, if you manage to get live gar they are generally the best bait for large queenfish. Anglers using lures have been catching them as well and if you are the more adventurous type then heading out at night casting surface lures such as fizzers and poppers is landing some quality fish. The weirs along the Ross River have slowed down a little with the more persistent anglers seeing results and a humble live herring or mullet are working well. If you are lure fishing try using a slower sinking soft plastic and working the lure as slow as possible, often fish will look at the lure for a while before striking as a lure wound to quick will generally be refused. One I recommend is the Bolt Alive Spinal Shad in the 4.0 size, try using a natural colour as well instead of brighter patterns.

There have been some excellent reports of anglers getting out on the water and having great days catching plenty of fish in ideal weather. In particular barra have been the main target on lures and baits and in the early hours of the morning stick bait surface lures have accounted for a few good fish too. Healthy catches of fingermark in the creeks have been added to the days tally with most being around the 45- 55cm mark which are an ideal table fish at that size. A great lure has been the Transam and the Koolabung Blade for the fingermark when fished in the deeper holes of creek and river systems. A simple jig and pause retrieve is ideal and one tip is to make sure the lure hits the bottom on the pause. If you are bait fishing then live green back herring are rated as the top bait for fingermark and using a dropper style rig is the most common way of fishing them, whilst also making sure your bait is on the bottom will result in more strikes.

As mentioned ideal conditions throughout the last week allowed for many to launch the boat and head out to the reef. In general it was quiet at times and a little more moving was needed to find fish although some good fish were still caught. Good catches of coral trout have been consistent along with some nice red throat and spangled emperor. Jigging soft plastics and larger blades has been very successful catching nice coral trout and are a great option to try if the fishing turns a little quiet. A lure jigged in the front of a coral trout is often rarely refused if the baits are not getting touched. Fishing the deeper water at night time has seen good numbers of red fish caught with the quality of fish being high as well. Red emperor and large mouth nannygai are the majority being caught with by catch including chinaman fish, spangled emperor, small mouth nannygai, green job fish and trevally. In the day time floating pilchards out the back of the boat is managing a few mackerel with trolling hard body diving lures also catching a few fish.

Fishing the headlands casting lures after a barra or a fingermark on the larger morning tides would be a good option. Heading out in the morning and fishing until the low tide should see some action.

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