Weekly Report 12 Mar 13

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Weekly Report 12 Mar 13

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:53 am

The wet weather we have been getting has fired up the freshwater sections throughout the Ross River. Smaller periods of rain have made for hot little bite times in the early morning and mid to late afternoon. Using soft plastics that are rigged weedless has been getting plenty of attention when cast around weed edges and the numerous lily pads. A slow retrieve with a few twitches is enough to get a strike just make sure your lure is in the right area and is swimming correctly. The overcast conditions make it ideal to use surface lures and catching a Barra on surface is a real buzz. There are many different types of surface lures out there such as fizzers, poppers, stick baits and frogs and they all will work great on their day. It pays to have a bit of a selection in your tackle box as all lures will have a different action and sometimes there will only be a select few that will get a bite. Good numbers of sizable tarpon are kicking around in the lakes and they are heaps of fun on lighter spin gear. If you are using little soft plastics, blades and poppers you will have a ball, keep your eyes peeled as you will often see them rolling on the surface and pin your cast towards the roll for the best chance of hooking up.

With some fairly average weather hanging around us at the moment it has made inshore escapades the best option and there has surprisingly been some good fish landed. There have been some steady reports of grunter getting caught on fresh baits such as prawn squid and garfish slabs. Better success has been on the start of the run out tide so being set up at your spot and ready to fish will give you the best chance of capitalising when the fish are biting. Fishing with a nice light tipped rod will allow you to feel the subtle bites and keep the fish hooked throughout the fight. Steady numbers of crabs are still getting caught and the bit of rain is sure to flush some nice ones out which will make putting in the crab pots a wise move. Out on the flats and around the creek and river mouths can be better areas to crab as the saltier water seems to be favoured by these crustaceans.

Less than ideal forecasts have kept the offshore fishing to a minimum although areas in the bay have turned up a few fish when anglers have shot out for a few hours in the morning. A few more stable mornings have allowed for a bit of fishing around the shipping channel and magnetic island resulting in some nice fingermark being caught. The fast adapted and very popular method of jigging soft plastics has been having the most success with the fish being around the 50-60cm size. These are a great size eating fish and much better if you are planning on taking a few because the fingermark is a very slow growing fish and larger ones are worth considering
release. The slightly cooler weather should start to increase the numbers of mackerel inshore so keeping your gear up to scratch and have your rigs ready to go at the drop of a hat if the weather turns excellent.

This weekend should be best spent up the creeks and with some nice mud crabs on the move dropping the crab pots in should produce some results.

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