Weekly Report 31 May 14

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Weekly Report 31 May 14

Post by Brad » Sat May 31, 2014 7:25 pm

This month's “Tackle World Challenge” is to "Catch a Mangrove Jack". If you are up for the challenge and want to get involved all the details can be found on our website (http://www.tackleworldtownsville.com.au) .

The beaches have been the hotspot with the whiting moving in and some nice sized fish at that. Favourite bait for whiting would have to be live yabby’s but if you didn’t have access to them, then small peeled prawns or sandworms baited onto a long shank hook will suffice. Whiting are always great fun for the kids, and for those avid light line fisherman, catching whiting on small poppers is also rewarding and a bit of fun. Reports of good flathead have also started coming in, and can be targeted successfully using soft plastics, in particular DOA prawns are one the flathead can’t resist, be sure to cover area when casting and keep your plastic close to the bottom, as flathead are an ambush species and lie in wait.

The creeks have been the place to be, with not huge numbers but some quality barramundi getting caught. There have also been plenty of good jacks getting caught in the snags on smaller hard body lures, and for the bait fisherman, soaking pilchards into the snags have accounted for plenty and some smaller fingermark as well. The bigger breams are moving around the snags as well. Hand casting smaller hard bodies around the timber should account for a good variety of quality fish this time of year. This weekend’s tides are right for hand casting as there isn’t too much run but just enough to keep the fish interested, and the water will remain on a lot of the timber around the edges of the creek throughout the day. Focusing bait fishing efforts around the creek mouths have accounted for good numbers of grunter recently, so it will be well worth giving it a crack this weekend.

The weather in recent times hasn’t been the kindest but, there have been a few that have found small windows of calm to take advantage of early in the mornings. There have been plenty of mackerel getting around in close and just outside the bay. Smaller school mackerel have been taking smaller trolled hard bodies and the bigger Spanish mackerel outside the bay have been falling victim to larger deep diving lures and rigged wolf herring. The fingermark have also been on the chew in the bay taking everything from live squid to trolled lures and jigged soft plastics, finding showings of bait around structure close to the bottom is key to finding good fingermark. With as little fishing outside as there has been yet plenty of promising signs of good fish numbers, let’s keep praying for some better weather.

With a predicted 15-20knots (again) this weekend, there may be an option to head out into the bay for an early morning chance at some mackerel, but when the wind is up the creeks will be your best bet, but the local creeks have been fishing quite well of late.

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