Weekly Report 21 Mar 13

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Weekly Report 21 Mar 13

Post by Brad » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:16 pm

Many of the popular land-based locations have been producing some nice fish for those willing to put in the time. The weirs along the Ross River can be a tricky place to fish at times with some sessions taking hours of casting to produce little more than a sore arm and a well swum lure. Focussing your fishing around the prime times of dawn and dusk and also tide changes will see your catch rate improve. The tide changes can create a great little bite time in the freshwater sections of the river also not just the salt water sections. This is quite interesting with no physical change in the water movement in the freshwater areas so it must have something to do with the lunar effects around the tide changes. So keep in mind these times when you are fishing as these changes with nature can turn a quiet day into an exciting one. Anglers have been experiencing good catches of mangrove jacks from the bridges throughout Ross Creek in the past week and the best catches are coming from anglers using live bait. A small poddy mullet cast at the base of the pylons and let sit generally doesn’t last long when a hungry jack is around so keep on the ball to have a chance of getting these fish out. If you can get a few live prawns then they are dynamite baits as well. Most anglers fishing off the bank drop in a couple of crab pots and from recent reports the crabs have been around in relatively good numbers also. Use nice fresh bait and you will have good success.

There have been some consistent reports of fingermark getting landed in many of the creeks that have areas of deeper water. Fish ranging from the 35-55cm size have been the most common along with the occasional nice Barra or mangrove jack. Targeting the deeper water seems to hold the larger fish and if there is a bit of structure on the bottom then you are definitely in the right area. Jigging soft plastics off the bottom such as the gulp range and the popular Koolabung blades will see you hooked up onto a nice fish. The run in to the top of the high tide are the better times to be fishing. Anglers casting lures into the snags have managed to score numbers of reasonable Barra on diving lures. Smaller tides over the weekend made it ideal to cast into the nastiest of snags and slowly work your lure out keeping it in the strike zone for as long as possible. From the recent rain the crabs have been on the go with steady numbers crawling into well set crab pots. Towards the mouths of the rivers have been getting the best results.

The past weekend graced us with some reasonable weather for the bay and inshore areas and the anglers spending the day scrolling through their arsenal of spots found some good fish. A few quality fingermark were caught inshore on soft plastics and the gulp range is almost a must if you want to come home with a few nice fish. Anglers that have been cruising around the shoals are encountering an increasing number of tuna schools which are excellent fun on lighter spin gear. Small slices and Shimano Wax Wings are the go to lures to cast and retrieve at high speed. Seeing the tuna schools inshore is a good sign as they are following large schools of bait which intern will draw in some nice mackerel to the closer inshore waters. The offshore scene has been very productive when the weather has dropped and anglers have had the chance to get out there. The amount of red throat emperor that has been getting caught around the reefs is amazing with numerous reports flowing in of consistent quality and quantity of this wonderful table fish.

The winds look to be pretty wild this weekend so a day spent up your favourite creek or river chasing a couple of fingermark and Barra whilst dropping the crab pots in should provide plenty of fun!

Tide Times Full Moon: Wednesday 27th March
12.34am 1.27m 12.59am 1.15m 1.23am 1.04m
6.41am 3.10m 7.02am 3.21m 7.23am 3.32m
1.20pm 1.29m 1.37pm 1.20m 1.55pm 1.10m
6.56pm 2.60m 7.12pm 2.75m 7.31pm 2.93m
(* The bolded tide is our recommended tide this week for our suggested spot)

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