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Weekly Report 13 Dec 12

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:50 pm
by Brad
Fairly consistent fishing has been taking place at the many land based spots around town with the Lakes and the Ross River both producing the goods. The fishing has improved in the lakes with a variety of species getting caught including bream, trevally, flathead and a few nice size mangrove jacks. If you enjoy your light line fishing then the lakes are a prime area to start fishing. They are relatively open and will allow you to land some real nice size fish on the lighter line if you have the patience. Small diving lures such as the cultiva mira shad are producers along with blades. The northern beaches such as Balgal and Saunders are also fishing well turning up some great flathead. Along the beach and at the mouths of the creeks are prime areas to fish and flathead are real suckers for soft plastics so try casting a few of them around for some action. The squidgy fish in the 80-100mm size are ideal and in terms of colours they seem to have a liking to pink.

Similar fishing in the creeks and rivers has been keeping anglers entertained with a day spent up the creek enough to find some success. From reports there has been good numbers of bream getting caught mostly being black bream. These are a great fish for the family as they are relatively easy to catch and the gear you need is quite basic. A small running sinker a 1/0 hook and some prawn bait will see you hooking into these fish in no time. Try fishing areas that do have a bit of structure which can be rocks or snags as they will be hanging around this structure actively feeding. You will also come across mangrove jacks and a few decent size cod which give you a top fight on a light bream rod. The crabs have been consistent in their numbers also but you have had to do a bit of sorting with a few still just nudging under the legal size of 15cm. Having a proper crab measure will make the job much easier and save your fingers from any chance of becoming a bit shorter.

There were a few boats that headed out recently with some great results on most of the popular reef species. Some beaut coral trout were caught on both bait and jigs with a few fish pushing up into the 70cm plus size. The better fishing was found in the slightly deeper water with depths between 35-50m ideal and when you are fishing on some good structure at those depths the action can be red hot. Coral trout generally will hit you straight on the bottom so have a tight drag and be ready on your rod to start pumping and winding him up, as this will save you getting dusted. Trolling diving minnows offshore on the wider grounds has been full on recently with the species getting landed proving how good the fishing can be offshore from Townsville. Wahoo, Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna and the odd Dorado have all been caught when simply trolling a few lures behind the boat. They are tackle busters and in particular the dogtooth tuna and wahoo so make sure your tackle is up to scratch if you are going to target these fish. Strong hooks are a must and some anglers are also opting to larger single hooks to ensure a solid hook up.

Weather permitting planning a trip offshore to chase a few coral trout and troll up some pelagic action should prove enjoyable. Alternatively a day up the creek with the family having some bread and butter fishing should be a great day.