Weekly Report 22 Nov 12

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Weekly Report 22 Nov 12

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:15 pm

Getting towards the pointy end of the year and the many freshwater rivers and creeks are at some of their lower levels for the year before the rain hits. This can make for some great fishing pocketing out larger pools and the fish that are in there are generally hungry. Packing your bag and going for a walk along these freshwater creeks to the north and south of Townsville is a great way to spend your day whilst catching some good fish. Casting small diving minnows, blades and poppers will see you coming across jungle perch, sooty grunter, tarpon and the odd mangrove jack. Adjusting your gear to this style of fishing will see you catching a few more and in particular using a shorter rod will let you get a cast into those tighter areas where you normally wouldn’t even think about. A length of about 5’ – 6’ will work ideal in a small spin set up. Anglers using live baits around popular spots such as the casino break wall and the bridges on Ross creek have been scoring a few nice mangrove jacks. Getting set up and fishing into the dark of night has seen the better results with some good numbers getting landed as well along with trevally, tarpon and a few larger cod.

Consistent fishing in the creeks has kept keen anglers busy and clipping at the heels to launch the boat for a day of lure fishing. Heading right up the top of smaller creek systems and flicking around small surface and diving lures has turned up some great jacks. Pushing up with the tide to the furthest part and casting at any structure or bait will see you having a ball on plenty of different species. The smaller Koolabung live bait 70mm is a top lure for this style of fishing with their tight shimmy and great snag resistant abilities working wonders on the fish. Casting around surface lures can see some very exciting strikes also and adds a lot more excitement when you see the fish smack the lure. From reports the crabbing still seems to be steady with those that have dropped their legal limit of four pots per person in for the day coming home with a few nice bucks. There has been plenty that are just under size around so be sure to measure them correctly with the right apparatus and you can go get them next time when they are the 1cm bigger.

A spell of decent weather saw some nice reports flowing in from the offshore areas and islands. It seemed that there was some monsters GT’s kicking around that were busting up tackle left right and centre. Not many of these brutes are landed due to their strength and dirty fighting tactics. Although to have a good chance of getting a few in for that magic photo sport fishers are casting large surface lures such as stick baits and poppers with a reasonable level of success. These lures draw the fish up to the surface where they are at their furthest from the structure giving the angler a much better chance of stopping them. Using a braid of 50lb plus and a strong reel is another important part of the angling set up. For those that enjoy the bottom fishing there were some great reports of anglers getting stuck into the nannygai. Top numbers were caught and some great quality fish as well that were up in the 7-10kg range. Dropping baits down over deeper shoal areas have been producing the more consistent results. There have also been reports of some nice marlin getting caught out wide from Townsville and Tackle World staffer Renee caught an estimated 800lb fish recently which is like pulling a jelly bean out from a bag of marbles, that’s a great fish and nice work Renee.

Picking up the lure fishing rod and chasing a few jacks up the top of the creeks should provide plenty of action and a few different species. Throwing in the pots after some nice crabs is top option as well if you are in the estuaries.

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