Weekly Report 1 Nov 13

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Weekly Report 1 Nov 13

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:56 pm

There are still some good catches of jacks coming from the rocky sections and bridges throughout Ross creek. Small live herring and poddy mullet are jack lollies with a big hungry jack striking the smaller baits with plenty of gusto. Casting around any nasty structure such as bridge pylons and rocks will put you in with a better chance to hook a bigger fish although you may lose a few rigs into the structure. Running a leader of 40lb plus should keep you out of trouble the majority of the time. The freshwater systems are still going great for jungle perch and sooty grunter with the further north anglers are driving the better results they are finding. Small diving lures are top lures to be using for sooty grunter in the slower flowing jungle streams with natural colours your best options. In sections that have a bit more current blades are good options with their quick sink rate working well and the vibration they put off attracting many fish species.

The creeks and rivers are fishing consistent at the moment with plenty of variety on offer from grunter, bream, salmon and jacks all turning up. Fishing towards the mouth has been getting results with any deep ledges and snags the place to jig soft plastics of drop a few baits into. Reasonable numbers of school fingermark have been jumping on plastics also with fish around 40-50cm most common and good sport on lighter tackle of 10lb braid or less. Using your sounder to find the school of fish then spending a bit of time on them by changing lures can see you landing fish for hours. On the crabbing front steady reports are flowing in with the avid crabbers that have left the pots overnight having the best results. There haven’t been many smaller ones around from reports with the few that have been caught of good size and full. As always using fresh bait will yield better results with mullet heads and the last trips fish frames working great.

Similar weather patterns have allowed for anglers to run out to the reefs and catch a few nice fish. There are still some nice mackerel getting landed from boats trolling lures around current lines and reef drop offs. Those that have been at anchor in the right area and cast out gar and pillies on a set of gang hooks have also landed some nice macks. Fish of 6-10kg have been the most common size which is great sport and fun on a spin rod set up. The occasional large cobia has been getting landed also from the wrecks which are situated slightly inshore and there are a few scattered amongst the reefs also. Cobia are a hard fighting fish and the characteristically swim up to the surface through the fish and can be called for a shark so it is work getting a look at him before he is busted off. Heavy blades, knife jigs and gulp soft plastics all work for cobia along with fresh squid baits.

Fishing the creek mouths this weekend for a few grunter and fingermark that have been getting caught should provide plenty of fun and see a few fish getting caught also.

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