Weekly Report 28 Jun 12

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Weekly Report 28 Jun 12

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:58 pm

To the south of Townsville around Cungulla good catches of flathead have been reported with the majority getting landed on small soft plastics and blades. The DOA CAL paddle tails work great along with the smaller Koolabung blades. Walking along the beaches and casting out and along has seen results. Reasonable catches of bream are still getting landed throughout the lakes and the causeway. Using very lightly weighted prawn baits gets good fish particularly with a light leader and sharp smaller hook in the 1/0 size. Fishing on the run in tide sees the best results. The rock walls are still full of action with plenty of pelagic fish getting caught including trevally, queenfish, mackerel and surprisingly a few wolf herring. If you are targeting all of these fish using a spin reel set up is ideal allowing for long and accurate casting of lightly weighted lures. A 4000 size reel spooled with some 20lb braid is more than enough and matched on a slightly longer rod of around 7’ will get you out into the action for sure.

Anglers fishing in the creeks have found it a little slower when targeting Barra with the few landed caught by trolling over sunken structure and often after spending a bit of time fishing for them trying to entice a bite. Often using lures with a loud rattle and vibrant colours can trigger a strike out of pure aggression and being annoyed rather than the fact of trying to eat the lure, this is when using sharp hooks on your lure really improves your catch rate. There has also been some good bream and grunter still getting caught with the numbers looking like they are increasing which is a great sign. If you want to have some fun with the kids then targeting these bream and grunter is a top option. Consistent catches of blue salmon are getting reported with double digit catches not uncommon for a hot session on the blueys.

The few keener boats have been out fishing around magnetic island with reasonable success although one type of fish has made its mark well and truly with some good numbers around. The wolf herring is that fish as plenty have been caught very recently, I am told that when they are around the mackerel aren’t far away either so I guess we have got some good fishing to look forward to. Alternatively good numbers of fingermark have been caught around the headlands and the back of magnetic island when the weather has allowed a fishing session on these fish. Out a little further the reef has been consistent also with great numbers of red throat caught in the reef shallows. The deeper water has shown plenty of life lately with loads of variety along with some very quality fish. Fish like nannygai and red emperor are top on the list plus other good fish landed including reef jacks, spangled emperor, long nose emperor and many others.

Massive tides this weekend should make for good mackerel fishing around the headlands when trolling a few wolf herring baits and hard body diving lures. Alternatively if the weather allows a trip out to the reef chasing a few fish should be great fun.

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