Weekly Report 10 Oct 13

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Weekly Report 10 Oct 13

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:52 pm

With the hotter weather around the land based fishing has been producing some quality fish. Anglers fishing the bridges on Ross creek have been scoring some brutes of mangrove jacks with a few fish reported over 50cm. A mangrove jack that size is a real challenge and landing them amongst nasty structure can end in tears most of the time. Lures which have been going well are the DOA prawn and the range of Zerek prawns also. Slowly drifting the lure along the edge of the pylons and out of the main current is a great method to fish these bridges.

Fishing on the run out tide has been producing the best results and at night time is when the better fish can cooperate with the less commotion a factor to attribute to that. The many lights around the bridges and boat mooring have been turning up some big tarpon also which are one fun fish to catch on the light gear, putting aerials on and pulling drag with ease. You will often see the fish rolling under the lights feeding on any bait fish nearby attracted from the light and that is where you should be casting. Small surface lures and blades are to good lures for these tarpon and the surface strike is awesome on one of these fish when they 50+cm

One fish that has been keeping anglers busy with their good quality and quantity has been the grunter. Fishing in the bay around the shallower shoaly and rubble bottoms are producing big grunter with fish over 70cm getting caught which give the light rods a really good workout. For the bigger grunter try using larger baits with good results coming from whole squid of a reasonable size. Rigging them on a 4/0 hook is the go and even snelling the bait can provide a better hook up rate when the bites are timid.

The barra are still on the bite with steady catches of fish coming from popular systems such as the Haughton and Bohle rivers. Casting into the snags is scoring numbers although not all barra have been of legal size so just make sure you have an accurate measure available. The legal size is 58cm and a bag limit of 5 per person. Lures that have been working well in the snags at the moment have been the reliable Koolabung razorback hardbodies along with the larger Yo-zuri crystal minnows. In terms of crabs consistent numbers are continuing to be caught with the better results coming from further up the smaller creeks rather than the open flats.

Some broad conditions recently have allowed for a few windows of offshore fishing and top reports have been coming in. Anglers fishing the wider grounds and deeper water have been landing numbers of coral trout with metal jigs working well. The jigs are better at times with the sharp erratic action stirring up a bite from any hungry fish and often the harder you can work the jig the harder the strike. The red emperor are on the chew also and deeper water is the place to fish for the big ones with 50m+ ideal to target when you are in an area with rubble bottom. Large slab baits are great bait for reds and having a good size hook is also important to ensure a solid hook up through their mouth. An 8/0-10/0 is a good size with a few different styles of hooks working well.

The grunter catches have been excellent lately and fishing the mouths and weather depending in the bay areas with fresh bait should see you hooked up to a few of these tasty fish.

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