Weekly Report 21 Mar 14

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Weekly Report 21 Mar 14

Post by Brad » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:39 am

The beaches were a hot spot this weekend gone, with Pallarenda firing for flathead and a few nice sized golden trevally getting around which put up a huge fight on the light beach gear. If you wanted to cast around a few soft plastics, small prawn imitations like the DOA prawns are one in particular the flatheads cannot resist. Work them slow with a twitch of the rod tip getting your DOA to bounce along the bottom, stirring up the sand which will draw the flatheads attention. The breakwaters also fished well at night time during the full moon with some nice barras being caught on both live bait and soft plastics. Paddle tail plastics like the squidgy slick rigs or transams worked carefully close to the rock edges, and live prawns, which can be readily caught around the breakwaters with a cast net, proved the most successful.

The Hinchinbrook Channel was very quiet on the weekend again for those that made the trek. There a few theories getting around as to why this year hasn’t produced he number of barras compared to years gone by, but the one that seems the most predominant is that the environmental damaged that was caused by cyclone Yasi and the toll this has on the natural cycles has become evident. This will take some time to turn around and things to regenerate. Anglers keeping to local waters had better success, with plenty of small barra keeping the lure casters occupied, with dense timber more often than not stacked with barras around the 40-50cm mark. There were also plenty of flathead moving around the creeks. The crabs have still been consistent with a few nice bucks finding their way into the pots that have been soaking throughout the day, fresh bait is always key.

The reports have come flooding in due to the perfect glass out weather that we just had, answering the prayers of many anglers. The bottom fisherman concentrating out around the reefs, found themselves amongst plenty of red throats and smaller trouts with the occasional big red emperor a more than welcome addition to the ice box. The boats spending their time around the shoals and wrecks found plenty of bigger spotted mackerel and a few smaller Spaniards for the lucky ones trolling around. There was also plenty of nice sized largemouth nannygai getting caught for those who dropped a squid to the bottom on a showing of bait and small structure on the shoals. Good signs again as there were a few boats trolling around looking for early season juvenile black marlin and there were in fact a few around which was still a surprise, the few that were caught were only estimated to be 2-4kg, let’s hope they stick around.

With the wind coming back up this weekend coming, the creeks will be the place to wet a line. There isn’t much run at all in tides; however this is a good chance to
focus bait fishing for mangrove jacks, using oily pilchards and targeting mouths of small off branching creeks with dense mangroves, should prove successful.

INFO BOARD - This years Burdekin Barra Bash is on 12th & 13th of April for more details drop into our store at Domain Central and pick up an information brochure.
Have a great weekend Danny, Renee & the Tackle World Team Tackle World Townsville (07 4725 1266) Domain Central, Townsville, QLD 4814 ww.tackleworldtownsville.com.au (http://www.tackleworldtownsville.com.au/)

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