Weekly Report 17 Oct 13

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Weekly Report 17 Oct 13

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:00 pm

Some great fish are getting reported with the many popular land based locations producing good fish. The Ross River is the spot to be with the weirs all firing from the hot weather and recent rain. Aplins weir is renowned as a big fish spot and the simple technique of live baiting that can be adopted by even the first time anglers is a great technique to get into the action. Using a cast net to secure a bucket full of live baits such as mullet, mud herring and prawns will all work for a hungry barra.

Rigging them on a running sinker rig is fine and the rocks in the saltwater section are ideal to cast you line around. Fishing on the high tide seems to be the better time with the run in tide flowing in good amounts of bait and cleaner water. Lures are another good option with big soft plastics that are 100-130mm long with the squidgies and larger stanlet thumpin mullet working well.

Steady catches of barra are still coming from the creeks and rivers when anglers have been using lures. Fishing the deeper holes with soft plastics and sinking rattlers is becoming increasingly popular and using these lures can see anglers land some quality fish. Looking for structure in deeper water that gets a good amount of current is an ideal spot to be jigging on the bottom. Anlgers have been catching good numbers of fingermark and some reasonable size fish stretching up to 60cm plus. There have also been a few barra turning up and casting larger lures this time of year can see you hooking on the big barra we are always chasing. Trolling the deeper spots is another effective method to chase big barra with the larger profile of a 150mm lure sometimes what is needed to entice the bite from a tentative fish at times.

Offshore conditions have fallen on the way side recently although there were a few larger boats that headed out for great results. The coral trout were keeping anglers happy with them willing to bite in both the shallow and deep water. There have been some snodgers caught on jigs recently with blades and metal variations working well. Fishing around deep water pinnacles and reef drop offs is prime habitat for a big trout and jigging these areas thoroughly should see some results. Dropping down live bait is another fail safe method to entice a larger fish and using a decent line class of 50lb+ should see you landing more fish and minimising the bust offs.

Anglers fishing the wrecks are reporting numbers of Spanish mackerel around and using metal slices on a medium weight spin combo is great fun and super effective
when you can see them schooling around the wrecks harassing the many baitfish. Anglers that have been trolling are catching their share also and a garfish that is
rigged on a chin guard or wog head rig has not lasted long when you are in the right area.

With only a few weeks of the barra season left chasing these fish every chance you get is the way to go. Fishing the creeks and rivers in the deeper holes using big lures and baits should see you in with a chance of landing a monster barra.

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