Weekly Report 17 May 13

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Weekly Report 17 May 13

Post by Brad » Fri May 17, 2013 10:41 am

There are some nice flathead getting landed along the northern beaches and in the shallower sandy areas situated at the Ross river mouth. Anglers that have been using little soft plastics have been having a ball landing trevally, bream and the occasional grunter. D.O.A makes some great styles of plastics and the C.A.L shad tails are consistent producers. Another lure that always seems to get a few fish is the Koolabung blade which cast a mile and come in some awesome colours. A few calmer mornings have provided ideal conditions to fish along Pallarenda and Rowes bay and some reasonable fish are getting caught. If you are using lures then surface poppers and shallow diving minnows are the best options for the salmon, queenfish and occasional Barra getting landed. The early morning and first light period has been when the most action has come from. Fishing around the rocky headland of Pallarenda is where the better Barra action has been found. Using live bait is one of the best options to get a few of the better fish that might be around. Mullet and herring are top baits to be on your hook and having a few casts with the net along the beach will generally score some nice baits.

From reports the larger river systems such as the Haughton have been a little slow lately although the anglers that have tweaked their techniques have still had good days of fishing. Casting into the snags has been the most productive method to catch a Barra and lures such as the D.O.A prawn and Zerek prawn are turning up the better catches. Casting into the bigger snags then allowing the lure to sink and continuing with a slow retrieve will entice a bite out of slower fish. Those that have been using live bait are also getting some nice Barra and jacks but the smaller live herring and mullet are getting better attention. If you can catch some nice size live prawns they have been working excellent when cast into the snags. Rigged on a wide gape of around 4/0 will keep the prawn alive for the longest when you hook it in the last section of the tail. Consistent numbers of crabs are still turning up for the devoted crabbers out there and as always use fresh bait for the best success.

Fishing around Magnetic Island, Cape Cleveland and Salamander reef has been turning up some nice mackerel and they are getting caught on a variety of techniques. Jigging metal slices, trolling wolf herring and other baits, trolling diving lures and also floating pillies and gar have all been taking decent size fish. Getting to the spot just on sun up is considered to be one of the better times to be mackerel fishing so setting that alarm clock a bit earlier can pay dividends. They have mainly been a mix of Spanish, grey and the occasion doggie mackerel but trolling the larger offering has caught more numbers of the Spanish which grow much bigger than the other macks. The slightly deeper shoals out from the back of Maggie have been starting to improve in the numbers of larger nannygai showing up. Large slab baits rigged on a paternoster rig and allowed to flow with the current are never left alone long when there are nice fish in the area. Alternatively jigging decent size soft plastics are another fun way to catch these fish with the hits hard and fast and they put on a great fight. The day light hours are good times to catch these nannygai as well as the night can often be looked as the only time to target them which is certainly not the case.

Setting a few crab pots this weekend to get your share of the ones crawling around whilst also casting a few prawn style soft plastics at any larger snags should provide some fun for the day.

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