Weekly Report 27 Apr 12

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Weekly Report 27 Apr 12

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:54 am

Good size barramundi are still getting caught from the weirs and the best bite has been in the late afternoon and into the night. A slow sinking soft plastic and surface lures are well worth casting around. There are some big fish in the weirs and using a baitcast combo loaded with 30lb braid is ideal and matched with a 50lb leader you are ready for action with a big barra. The weather has been excellent in the past few days and anglers fishing around Pallarenda and Rowes bay are having a ball catching a variety of species. Along the sandy beaches and at the creek mouths nice flathead are getting picked up on small soft plastics with a few trevally and queenfish as well. When it is calm walking along Pallarenda beach casting lures at any bait skipping and at sand gutters works well to encounter a few of these fish. The creeks along the Pallarenda road such as Captains creek and 3 mile are turning up some nice jacks too with live poddy mullet proving too hard to resist. A live bait hook around the 3/0 size is good for jacks when using smaller live baits

Top conditions have allowed for plenty of fishing at areas normally hard to fish and some nice catches eventuated. Around the headlands nice fingermark were getting caught when jigging soft plastics and blades along with a few larger cod. The Hinchinbrook channel was fishing well for barra and fishing the deeper water was productive in landing a couple of bigger fish. Haycock Island is ideal area for this style of fishing and other species like fingermark, trevally, threadfin salmon and grunter can all be caught. Sinking lures such as blades, weighted soft plastics and soft vibes all work and it pays to have a few in your tackle box as they can be quite fussy on certain days. The creeks south of Townsville such as Crocky are proving productive for fishermen using live bait and the mouth of the creek has been alive with variety. Live baits cast out have been landing different fish on each cast with flathead, barra, mangrove jacks, fingermark, grunter, cod, salmon and the list goes on with anglers having a great time having some of their best days on the creek.

It is great to be getting a good spell of weather and a chance to get into a bit of decent reef fishing. The reports have been tops with plenty of boats getting out and into the action. It has been refreshing to see nice catches of reef fish and there seemed to plenty of quality fish rather than quantity and in particular the coral trout. Good size coral trout almost seemed to be a common occurrence along with some nice red throat and spangled emperor. Jigging smaller metal jigs accounted for some quality catches and is heaps of fun if you get tired from bait fishing. It shouldn’t be far off until the mackerel will be thick and there are a few getting caught at the moment. The average size has been around the 6-10kg mark with the odd bigger one turning up and the wrecks offshore of Townsville are a great spot to chase a few of these. The red fishing has been a little less consistent with proven spots producing the goods and others requiring a little more persistence.

You may think I have made an error this week on the tides but they are right and they are neap. On these tides it can be tough and casting lures in the larger creek snags that normally get belted by current is a good option and certainly a weekend to be persistent and positive.

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