Weekly Report 7 Jun 13

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Weekly Report 7 Jun 13

Post by Brad » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:47 pm

Well it would be fair to say the land based fishing has been quite reasonable of late with some great reports of nice fish getting landed. Popular spots such as the casino break wall have been producing some Barra for anglers casting smaller soft plastics and shallow diving lures. The run out tide has been the better time with the fish sitting on the rock ledge and feeding as the tide washes out draining any bait fish that are up amongst the rocks with the high tide. Increasing numbers of whiting are being caught along the beaches when the weather has been calmer in the mornings.

Fresh bait will get you the bites and the use of a rod that has a light tip will see you land more fish due to the sensitivity. There is a growing number of sporting anglers now using poppers for whiting and having some great success. Doing long casts over shallow sand flats and working the lure back with a constant small popping action is doing the damage, some good size flathead are getting caught on this technique as well.

A few days of beautiful conditions saw some nice fish get landed from areas such as the Hinchinbrook channel and the Haughton river system. Casting into the snags was turning up some quality jacks with weedless rigged soft plastics and deeper diving lures such as the Koolabung razorback prawn getting the job done. Finding snaggy banks that are holding good numbers of bait is what you want to look for as the bigger fish will be tuned into this bait and won’t be far away looking for a meal. The cooler water temperatures in closer have drawn in heaps of bait at the moment and it just hasn’t been in the snags with deeper ledges and holes holding good amounts of bait.

If you can find a deeper spot that has structure you are in the right area with some great fingermark coming from these areas recently. Dropping down a few live herring will see you in the action and alternatively jigging soft vibes, blades and gulp plastics is another great method to catch a few. On the crabbing front there are some nice ones crawling into well baited crab pots so it is well worth dropping them in if you are up the creeks.

A few calmer mornings have given a window of weather for the keen anglers to shoot out and get stuck into the many mackerel that are around at the moment. Heading out and fishing around the mud line that is inshore is where the majority of action is coming from. Trolling diving lures at a medium pace is seeing fishermen get their bag within a short time. Most of the mackerel have been doggie and spotted species with the occasional medium size Spaniard getting caught as well. As with most types of fishing finding the bait schools will see you getting better success so if you stumble across a good amount of bait hang around it as that’s where the action will be happening.

With some decent winds forecast for the weekend a day fishing in the creeks targeting some of the fingermark that have been around would be a good option. Setting a few crab pots should prove rewarding also which make a great plan b if the fishing doesn’t go to plan.

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