Weekly Report 21 Feb 14

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Weekly Report 21 Feb 14

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:02 am

A good downpour over the last few days has got the weirs running and the barra biting, making this the hotspot for land based anglers with all three producing some great fish. When the water is flowing as it is now, heavier soft plastics such as the squidgy slick rigs and big paddle tail plastics worked with the current are the key to getting the bite. There have also been reports of golden trevally working along Pallarenda, so an excellent species for the kids to catch putting up a great fight. You will also start to see catches of barra along the beaches also with all the rain pushing plenty of bait fish out of the rivers and creeks onto the beaches. It is also worth mentioning that just prior to the rain there was still good reports of quality grunter around the 65-70cm being caught of the beach at Cungulla and Alva Beach which is a little unusual for this time of year but that’s what we love about fishing, the unpredictability.

During the full moon over the weekend the jack fishing really fired up in most of the local creeks and rivers, with reports coming from both bait fisherman and lure anglers working banks with dense timber. To tempt these sometimes timid fish, it’s worth changing up your lure selection. A deeper diving hard body or weedless rigged soft plastic can produce the goods often out fishing the more favoured shallower running presentations. It can also be worth trying a lure with a bit of red through it. The fingermark have also been in good numbers taking soft plastics around the breakwater rock walls. Casting your soft plastics hard up against the rocky structure imparting a slow hop retrieve away from the wall is a great technique and has accounted for many catches. The rain has also really started to push the crabs out of their holes and as a result there are good numbers of big bucks making their way into pots.

The wind was down over the weekend and was well received by the reef fishers who were able to get amongst some nice fish. Good numbers of coral trout and red throat emperor had anglers busy all day with the every welcome and hard fitting red emperor a nice surprise for some. There were also a few reports of some nice Spanish mackerel taking floating pilchards. The fingermark also played the game for those that now where to look when the freshwater starts to push them out of the creeks and rivers. With good sessions being had on soft plastics like the many soft vibe lures and the very popular gulp squid vicious in particular.

With the wind looking like it will be up again this weekend, the creeks will be the best option to wet a line. Definitely make sure you take a few crab pots.

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