Weekly Report 6 Jul 12

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Weekly Report 6 Jul 12

Post by Brad » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:56 pm

Reasonable weather and cool water temperatures have turned up some great bream fishing in the Ross creek and the lakes. Using small prawn bait works great on a small hook with a light sinker. In terms of lures the smaller soft plastics and the ever popular Koolabung blade would be my choice. The late afternoon and into the night have been the better times for some action. Consistent catches of flathead are still prevalent along the northern beaches and around the creek mouths. Most of the flathead have been between the 50- 60cm size which are ideal if you plan on keeping a few for the table. They are still catching the odd school mackerel off the rock pool on pilchard baits in the calmer early mornings as well. When fishing off the rocks for mackerel you will find if you set a berley trail you will have much more success as the smell and oils will attract any nearby fish around for a look. Other species such as fingermark, trevally and queenfish will all be attracted from the berley trail as well.

The creeks have been fishing surprisingly well for Barra with some nice fish caught when casting lures into the snags. Lightly weighted soft plastics and suspending or slow floating hard bodies have been the better options and in the natural and white colours. The Koolabung razorback is a top option along with the DOA prawn in a soft plastic. Both can be fished in the snags quite well and are a great lure to catch a few barra in the winter time period. There has still been nice bream and grunter caught in the creek mouths when using bait which is a great option if you are after a relaxed day in the creek. Anchoring up in areas with current flow will give a good chance of catching a few of these fish as they will be moving through feeding and you are simply just waiting for any fish to swim past and grab your bait! We are hearing some top reports of crabs caught lately with the better results when the pots have been set up the creek at the mouths of smaller gutters. I will however say there is a lot just under so make sure you take a crab measure and something to help you sort through them to find the larger bucks.

There was some great weather over the last weekend and many anglers headed out for their piece of the action. Trolling gar baits around the shoals accounted for a few Spanish mackerel with a couple of tuna as a by catch. The Spaniards were mainly around the 6-10kg mark with the odd bigger one landed amongst them. Around the reefs healthy numbers of coral trout were caught along with some great red throat emperor. The better fishing for the coral trout has been in shallower water at the 20m mark with plenty of good structure. Bottom fishing for nannygai has been red hot with some excellent fish landed and heaps of numbers also, both quality and quantity. Good size squid baits are the most common way of chasing a few nannygai and for good reason as it is great bait. Used on a large hook of the 8/0 size rigged on a dropper rig will get you into the action.

With some good creek fishing on at the moment taking the boat out for a day should be productive. Dropping the crab pots in would definitely be suggested also.

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