Weekly Report 20 Jul 12

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Weekly Report 20 Jul 12

Post by Brad » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:15 pm

The land based fishing around the lakes has started to pick up with a few nice bream getting caught and also a couple of Barra too. The main results are coming from casting small lures around the edges of the lake and continuing with a slow twitching retrieve. Timing your fishing with a high tide is a better option with a better bite time usually happening around the change of the tide. If you do get into a couple of Barra there are a few legal ones around but also smaller undersize fish as well so make sure you have pliers and a set of lip grips for a quick and efficient release to minimise the stress on the fish. Some good catches of trevally and queenfish are coming from the bridges and rock bars throughout the Ross River. Try fishing at areas with the most current flow as this creates and excellent ambush point for these faster swimming fish to feed on unfortunate bait. Using quickly worked surface lures and blades are two great methods to catch a few of these hard fighting sports fish. With the current flow using a slightly heavier blade will work better and the Koolabung blade in the 14g size is an excellent choice. Speed up your retrieve too as this will excite the fish to strike as in its mind it thinks your lure is a bait fish that is trying to get away from being eaten which makes it a target.

From reports the creeks have been fishing reasonable for a variety of species with the most action found when targeting smaller bread and butter species such as bream, grunter flathead and whiting on prawns and yabbies. A couple of blue salmon are still turning up and getting landed on both bait and lures which is an entertaining by catch when you are geared up for a bream or whiting whilst bait fishing. There have been better numbers of Barra in the creeks and rivers getting caught also with soft plastic lures getting some good attention. There have been plenty of smaller Barra’s getting caught with the odd larger one thrown in for good measure so if you are onto a patch of fish stay persistent as there is generally a couple of better size fish hanging around. They can be harder to get a bite from so once a few more confident smaller fish have been caught you will find the bigger Barra will start to fire up. If you are heading up the creek don’t forget the pots either as good numbers of crabs are getting caught. There is heaps of smaller crabs around so a bit of sorting is required if you plan on getting some nice bucks for the pots.

With some half decent weather over the past week some decent reports flowed in, good catches of large mouth nannygai was the normality with the best fishing happening in the night time. Healthy numbers of coral trout and red throat emperor were also landed with some nice fish reported on inshore marks when using jigs and fresh bait. Most of the coral trout were of good size being a few kilos which are an excellent table size fish. A good number of boats headed out with the intention of targeting Spanish mackerel and were rewarded with fish in the 5-10kg mark the most common size caught. Trolled and float lined gar were the most successful methods to land a mackerel once the fish were located.

With another windy weekend on the cards fishing the creeks sounds like the better option. Try chasing some Barra on soft plastics as they work great and are easy to use! Don’t forget the crab pots either when going in the creek as you’ll probably do quite well.

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