Weekly Report 28 Feb 14

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Weekly Report 28 Feb 14

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:11 am

LAND BASED
With the rain seemingly all but gone the weirs have stopped flowing, but there has still been the odd nice barra getting caught. When the water slows down switching
back to a lighter soft plastic or suspending hard body will be key, surface lures such as frogs will come into their own around dusk and dawn as the light gets lower. As the weirs have slowed, many anglers have started to make their way to the upper reaches of creeks and rivers with success. Crystal creek in particular has been flowing nice and clean, which makes perfect conditions for jungle perch, mangrove jacks and even the odd barra thrown into the mix, great fun on light gear. Keeping your hardbody lures small and in natural finishes will prove successful. There are several models in the Strada lure range that will be perfect, the ‘piccola’ for example would be just one. As is always the case with land based fishing “do the miles, get the smiles” especially with flighty species like the jungle perch.

INSHORE
Good numbers of quality grunter have been getting caught out the front of creek mouths and headlands recently. Targeting grunter, even though they are fairly common in and around our local estuaries still takes patience. For the best chance anchor on the edge of sandbars in channels and use fresh slab baits or cuttlefish heads, the old saying; ‘the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish’, holds true for grunter. The reports have still been slow in regards to the Barra fishing for this time of year, but concentrating your efforts on live baiting will bring about the best results when they’re a bit quiet. There has also been plenty of smaller fingermark around, which always put a great fight on light spin gear, fingermark can usually not resist taking soft vibes such as the Transams and alike, or the Berkley gulps fished in a jigging style action in the deep holes and ledges found in estuaries.

OFFSHORE & BAY
A few keen anglers have made their way to the reefs, the bottom fishing was a little quiet but the mackerals were in good numbers, trolling and casting metals accounting for majority of the captures. Around the shoals there have also been reports of big schools of 5-10kg yellowfin tuna, a little uncharacteristic in this close but a great sign of some nice clean water getting around, if it hangs around a good sign for later in the season.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
The larger tides are bound to flush out the crabs, so take the pots and set them out around the mouths of creeks and on the flats and edges of sandbars for a nice feed of fresh mudcrabs!

INFO BOARD -
Live Firing - Rattlesnake Island - Friday, 28 February, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm. THE ACTIVE AREA IS WITHIN A FIVE (5) NAUTICAL MILE (APPROX 9260 METRES) RADIUS OF POSITION 19^0 02’ 27’’S 146^0 36’ 43’’E (RATTLESNAKE ISLAND). MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED TO KEEP WELL CLEAR OF THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE ABOVE
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