Weekly Report 9 Jun 12

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Weekly Report 9 Jun 12

Post by Brad » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:12 pm

Stable weather and excellent sunny mornings has made the land based fishing around Townsville very enjoyable. Getting up a little earlier and fishing the break walls, Pallarenda and the rock pool has all been producing nice catches with plenty of variety. Anglers using bait have had success on species such as grunter, fingermark, mackerel, bream, barra and trevally. All pull hard and are great fun on the lighter gear. Fish like barra and fingermark will respond better to live bait and casting out live prawn or herring puts you in with a much better chance. Many people use lures around town with reasonable success and working small soft plastics and blades at areas like the break wall and rock pool can turn up some quality fish. Golden trevally, fingermark and barra are all caught at these areas with the calmer mornings being the better times. Making sure the lure hits the bottom is critical then a hop of the rod making the lure dart up is enough to entice a strike.

It seems that the grunter and black bream are around in force with good numbers landed after a day in the estuaries targeting them both. It is well known that bait is the ideal way to fish for these species and peeled prawn is a favourite. The creeks have showed a few barra still getting landed although only smaller fish seem to be the willing ones. Using live prawn will put you with a better chance to land any bigger fish cruising around. Alternatively casting suspending hard bodies into the snags is a good technique to get a bite from weary barra. The crabbing has been excellent recently with good numbers coming from most areas and regular checks of the pots showing good rewards. There has been plenty of crabs in the just under bracket which is promising for the next few months along with some bigger models that have been full also. As always fresh bait works best and setting your pots at gutters where deep water is close by can also yield great results.

Some productive reports filtered through from over the weekend with plenty of boats getting out into the action. Mackerel were on the cards for many and they didn’t disappoint with good numbers landed when trolling and using metal jigs. Out around well know areas like bomber and the shoals were alive with spanish mackerel along with some over size queenfish testing the drags on your favourite reels. Most of the Spaniards were in the 6-12kg bracket an ideal size for the table having an excellent yield. Inshore around Magnetic Island was productive also with schools of doggie mackerel harassing any trolled lure or floated pilchard. When the doggies are around it can be thick and fast and this is when having a few rods rigged and ready can see you capitalise on any opportunity that arises. There has also been some nice cobia around and they are suckers for jigs and one of the better ones is the Arma Reef Snax. On the bottom scene some stonker largemouth nannygai have been caught on the shoals with the cooler weather seeming to attract them to shallower water. Big slab baits and correctly worked jigs can see some truly memorable catches landed throughout a day’s fishing.

The long weekend is a great opportunity to wet a line and dropping the boat in the creeks if the weather turns sour and targeting a few nice bream and grunter is a good option. Alternatively with better weather chasing a few mackerel that have been around sounds like a great day out on the water.

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