Weekly Report 9 Aug 13

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Weekly Report 9 Aug 13

Post by Brad » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:53 am

With the stable weather we have been receiving lately it has turned on some hot fishing at many land based locations. The coastal spots such as the rock pool, break walls and the rocks around Cape Pallarenda have all been producing quality fish. Anglers getting down at their chosen spot nice an early just before sunrise have been having the best success. Being prepared with either the right live bait or tying the correct lure on can see you doing considerably better as you can capitalise on any opportunity that arises. Along the break walls reasonable numbers of barra have been the main target and lures such as the D.O.A prawn and the shallow diving Yo-Zuri crystal minnow have been ideal choices. Casting along the main wall and working the lure back slowly has been an effective technique. There has also been some nice golden trevally getting caught along the rock walls and beaches. Soft plastics are great lures to use for goldens and the Gulp range with their strong scent are your best choices. Keeping the lure under 4’’ will see you getting a few more strikes as the smaller size makes for an easy meal to most of these species.

Many of the creeks and rivers have been fishing well with the winter species such as bream, grunter, salmon, whiting and flathead showing their dominance. Fishing with fresh bait such as peeled prawn and garfish slabs has been the way to go as the variety getting caught is just awesome. Using a simple running sinker rig will work fine just keep the sinker reasonably light and the hook size around 2/0. Try to fish around the creek mouths for the best success particularly on the couple of hours either side of the high tide. There are also some good reports of nice jacks smashing angler’s lures when they have been cast into the snags. Diving lures with a strong action have been the go and in colours that include shades of red you are well and truly asking to get smoked by a hefty mangrove jack. Koolabung razorback prawns and the Strada mayan are two models that have been producing the goods. Look for snags which are fairly well covered in water as this gives the fish much more area to hide and ambush any unweary baitfish.

There have been some excellent conditions recently for offshore fishing allowing for keen reef fishermen to drop down the baits and get loaded up on some quality fish. Top numbers of nannygai have been caught from the deeper waters surrounding the reef systems and the shoaly areas scattered throughout the inshore areas also. Decent size slab baits are sure to get a few fish with plenty of other species getting caught also including cod, spangled emperor, red emperor and trevally. The mackerel are still on the bite although finding the bait schools has been critical to getting into some good numbers of macks and areas such as Cape Cleveland, Salamander reef and West point are all good starting points. Trolling hard body diving lures is working well although the anglers that have been trolling garfish baits have been doing better. Rigging the gar on a chin guard or wog head rig has been the preferred method to get into fish.

Weather permitting this weekend chasing a few mackerel in the morning and trying for some nannygai and other species on the shoaly areas through the day should prove rewarding from the recent reports indicating plenty of fish around

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