Weekly Report 7 Feb 13

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Weekly Report 7 Feb 13

Post by Brad » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:55 pm

The creeks to the south of Townsville that have been getting their fair share of fishermen have rewarded a few anglers although it has been a little hit and miss. The majority of action has been coming from the mouth with any larger snags holding a fair amount of life. Casting diving hard bodies into the snags is the most common method to get into some action and you can have a ball doing this landing a variety of different species. Jacks, cod, salmon and Barra can all be caught of the same snag when it is fishing well so it makes sense to put a good amount of casts into a likely looking area. The Barra has been the major draw card for anglers with good numbers reported however quite a lot of them seem to be on the small side.

The legal size for Barramundi is 58cm and a bag limit of 5. To the north of Townsville the Hinchinbrook channel has been the go to area for keen anglers with some really nice fish getting landed after a day’s fishing. Hinchinbrook has a lot of deeper water and those that have targeted this with sinking lures have been doing quite well. Good size Barra, threadfin salmon and fingermark are all turning up in productive areas. Keep a sharp eye on your sounder as deeper areas that have good showings of bait are ideal places to be fishing.

The offshore scene has been productive for those that have ventured to the further out reefs and shoals targeting bottom fish. Deep water shoals close to popular reefs such as the slashers have been doing quite well on the red emperor and large mouth nannygai. As usual large baits are the way to go although there has been a surprising amount of these red beauties getting caught on artificial lures. Knife jigs and soft plastics are two successful lures to tie on you line and when using plastics the 7’’ Gulp jerkshad works well along with the larger Atomic Plazos.

In terms of knife jigs the Shimano Butterfly jigs are top producers coming in a variety of different weights. The boats that have been fishing inshore around Cape Cleveland have still been catching reasonable numbers of finger mark. Fishing at night when the weather has allowed is turning up some nice fish with live squid the ideal bait. Setting up a squid light to attract the squid and dropping a few of them down into a productive area should see you hooked up in no time.

There are some massive tides this weekend and they are in the morning which makes it ideal to head out to the cape and cast a few lures around the rocks chasing a nice Barra or two.

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