Weekly Report 2 Mar 12

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Weekly Report 2 Mar 12

Post by Brad » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:13 am

Anglers fishing the weirs are having good success with large barramundi being caught at both dawn and dusk. Shallow diving minnows such as the Strada Tracka and the Yo-Zuri Crystal minnow have been working well. Another less popular but highly entertaining style of fishing that works well in the freshwater weirs is surface frogging. A simple retrieve of casting a weedless rigged surface frog and winding relatively fast as to make the lure create a bubble trail across the surface is enough to entice some action. At first you may think it is too fast but stay persistent and cast your weedless lure anywhere. The Z-Man Frogz and Ribbit frogs are two great frogs to be using. There have also been some nice tarpon fishing in the lagoons and lakes and a light spin rod with a few lures including the Gillies Tailwalker is a sure way of getting into some action.

Great reports from the creeks and rivers have been heard with nice catches of grunter seeming to be a common occurrence amongst anglers. A 4/0 hook with about a size 3 sinker depending on the run, loaded with squid or fresh slab bait is a good recipe to land a feed of grunter. Sand ledges on the run out tide are a good place to start as the fish will often move past at a certain stage of the tide whilst feeding. Inshore fingermark have made their mark lately with deeper holes producing the goods for anglers either jigging soft plastics and blades while live baiting is catching them as well. Dropping you leader and hook size will result in better hook ups from these fish as they have a less abrasive mouth putting less stress on your leader. Some very large fingermark have been landed on light leader and this technique can be more successful if they are a little tentative to initially bite. A few nice legal barra have been landed also with snag bashing turning up some good action throughout the day.

Reasonable conditions forecast for the weekend should see some nice reef fishing on the cards. Consistent numbers of red emperor and large mouth nannygai are coming from deeper marks of structure and rubble bottom with large slab baits doing the trick. Red emperor are a great fish to catch and limiting your numbers taken will often keep a great spot great for a long time to come. Around the islands and in the bay grey mackerel are getting caught and casting metal slices is a productive method to land a few of these speedsters. For the more leisurely type anchoring up and starting a good berley trail with some pillies on gang hooks drifting should still see the occasional fish caught. A berley trail will often attract a range of species including mackerel, queenfish, trevally, cobia and fingermark so trying a few different baits can temp a mixed bag of species.

Launching the boat and heading out fishing the bay and weather permitting hitting the reef after some rod bending action would be a good plan of action. Starting a good berley trail and drifting a few baits should attract a bit of attention from any nearby fish.

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