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Weekly Report 22 Feb 13

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:57 pm
by Brad
The weirs in Ross River are still producing some good Barra however there is quite a lot of weed in the areas so soft plastics rigged weedless and surface stick baits and poppers are your best options. The banks of the Bohle River and the saltwater sections of the Ross River have been producing good Barra on live baits like poddy mullet and mud herring.

The creeks and rivers have been a little hit and miss lately with most fish tending to be caught in reasonable numbers around the mouths of most system. If you manage to find a few Barra in a particular section along a bank there is likely to be more than one in that area. The reports seem to be consistent on this point lately with fish tending to be bunched up in particular areas while on the other hand some sections along the same bank are absolutely dead. Still good numbers of mangrove jacks being reported with similar situations to the Barra with fish tending to be found in small sections along a stretch of bank. So the key at the moments seems to be search, search and if you find persist in that area. If there is good bait in the area then that’s definitely the spot to spend a good section of your day.

The fingermark reports have been very good around the Maggie Island shoal area. Large soft plastics like the Gulp 7” Jerk Shads and Squidvicous along with the heavier vibe style lures have been enticing good bites. Live baits have also been taking their fair share of fish. There has also been the odd quality Barra caught fishing the rocks around Cape Cleveland and Upstart.

From all reports the deeper shoals around the 30-40 metres has been producing the better fish with coral trout around the 3kg not uncommon. The outer reaches along the shelf in about 80-90 metres has been producing some exceptional red emperor with large squid and flesh baits working best. These fish are often associated with fishing at night however if you do take the time to find some live baits you will soon find these bigger reds willing to play the game during the daylight hours also. Jigging metals lures have turned up a few Spanish mackerel also lately around the wrecks and reef drop offs.

With the condition offshore likely to be nice and calm if you can then a spot of bottom bouncing for some nice coral trout would be my suggestion this weekend.