Weekly Report 4 Apr 13

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Weekly Report 4 Apr 13

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:12 pm

Steady catches are continuing to filter through from the population of land based anglers in town with the most common fish getting caught being Barra, mangrove jacks, bream and the odd flathead. The easily accessible break wall has been turning up some good Barra fishing on the run out tide. Casting close in along the rocks rather than out towards the middle is getting the better results with the fish hanging nice and close in amongst the structure of the rocks. A lightly rigged live mullet will work wonders here and keep a good eye on your rod as the hits can come thick and fast so being on the ball will give you a better chance of keeping the fish from breaking you off in the rocks. Medium sized diving lures such as the Koolabung live bait 80 and soft plastics such as the DOA prawn will also work great fished throughout the rock wall. The northern beaches are starting to improve on the numbers of bream and flathead getting landed with also the whisper of some nice whiting caught from the early risers as well. Fishing for the first part of the morning has been the better time to get the fish and baits such as peeled prawn and yabbies are the go. Using a small popper along the sand flats is a surprisingly effective method to land good whiting as they can be quite aggressive towards a small splashing surface lure. Continuous steady bloops of the popper gets their attention and it’s important to keep the lure moving because as soon as it stops they lose interest quite quickly.

Over the past Easter weekend there weren’t many creeks and rivers that didn’t get any attention and I reckon if you were a hungry fish you would have had plenty of options to choose from. The very popular Hinchinbrook channel produced reasonably well with a few nice Barra getting landed along with healthy size mangrove jacks found in the snags. Hinchinbrook channel is quite unique in that it has plenty of sections of deeper water and many more anglers are focusing on these areas and getting great results. Jigging gulp soft plastics, blades and soft vibes are catching some nice fish out of the deeper water with monster threadfin salmon and good numbers of fingermark being the main customers. Dropping down live bait will also produce the goods and often when you aren’t catching on the lures then live bait can score you the runs. In terms of crabs we are getting plenty of good reports of some nice bucks ending up in the pot and giving the pots a good soak for the majority of the day and also overnight are scoring the nicer crabs.

Some glamour weather allowed for many reef fishermen to get out and give their favourite spots a good once over. The fish were cooperating as well as you would want them too with great numbers of quality fish hitting the decks throughout the trip. In the shallower water closer towards the reef red throat emperor are continuing to dominate the catch paired with coral trout on fresh bait. Red emperor stretched the arms of anglers when large slab baits were fished in the deeper water also caught were nannygai and some trophy size green job fish. Make sure you have a nice strong leader for this type of fishing because it gets a good test with bigger fish wanting to head into any nearby structure with the intention of busting you off, 80lb is ideal and a longer leader is also recommended. Mackerel numbers are starting to increase at the offshore reefs and in the mornings the wrecks have been turning up some insane action. Trolling a few hard bodies around will soon get you onto a few fish if the mackerel are around and often you can quickly drop a jig down if you are sounding the fish and get a hook up too.

The winds might put a dampener on any serious offshore efforts this weekend although a day spent up the creek doing some crabbing whilst chasing a few of the Barra and jacks that have been about would provide plenty of fun.

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