Weekly Report 20 Feb 14

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Weekly Report 20 Feb 14

Post by Brad » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:27 am

Well, the rains have come but not enough yet to get the weirs pumping like everyone is waiting for. There have however been some reports of a few barras being caught in the Ross River, mainly taking frog lures worked across the surface. Flathead have also been on the chew around the northern beach’s area with reports of a few good flathead being caught on DOA prawns. The key to flathead is, because they’re not a species that hunts their prey, more an ambush species and will lay in wait, be sure to cover as much of the area you’re fishing working up and back.

With the local creeks getting a bit of a flush out with the rain that has been around, plenty of bait fish have been concentrated around the mouths of the creeks. Reports of barras being caught have been a bit sketchy since the season opened two weeks ago. Those who have had the most to brag about have seemed to be doing the best with live baits, with plenty of good sized mullets getting around, some even too big. For the keen lure anglers, plenty of nice jacks have been getting caught on smaller profile hard bodies being cast tight against the timber. The odd nice sized threadfin salmon has been a welcome surprise always keen to take a lure.

From those that managed to get out recently the reports have been good with plenty of large mouth nannygai and red emperor willing to play the game in the deeper water between the reefs. While the coral trout have been a little slow the full moon this Saturday is bound to get them fired up.Reef fishing generally is very good either side of the full moon however it can be quite frustrating on the night of the moon as this night in particular seems to really bring out the sharks so based on that tonight and Sunday night look like the pick of the times this weekend.

If the wind stays down and for those not heading to the shoals or reef, concentrating efforts in and around the headlands may prove beneficial for those still keen to catch a barra. Bigger profile hard bodies such as the Strada Tera 125 and even 150 are great around the headlands for those bigger fish.

If you have always wanted to spend 5 days on the Great Barrier Reef fishing for all manner of fish then this trip might be just what you have been looking for. Northern Conquest Charters is taking bookings now for a trip leaving 15^th June returning on the 20^th June. If you are interested give Cliff a call on 0429639514 and tell him you heard about this trip from us.

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