Report 31/08/14

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Report 31/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:28 pm

LAND BASED
We have had some pretty good weather in the past couple of weeks, which has once again made the beaches a great spot to wet a line. Flathead have still been around and a few nice fish around the 60cm+ mark have been caught, a great fish for the kids to catch putting up a decent fight. The whiting have slowed a little but there’s been plenty of bream being caught, small peeled prawns baited onto a long shank hook have been working a treat.
There have been reports coming in about Aplins Weir firing for barras and mangrove jacks, great access for those land based fisherman wanting to cast around a few soft plastics or hard bodies. As the temperature continues to warm up the barra will continue to fire and feed more intensely. When the barra’s are a little quieter don’t be afraid to keep changing lures until you get a bite, they can be picky some days, remember to work the lure nice and slow keeping it in the ‘strike zone’ for as long as possible. There has been plenty of weed around the weirs, so good strong hooks are a must to stay connected to the barra if you get taken in amongst it. The Shinto medium gauge trebles are super strong with a sharp cutting point for good hook penetration, definitely our top pick especially when targeting barramundi.

INSHORE
The creeks have been a little quiet recently as they tend to be around a new moon, the smaller tides coming up will a great time to head out and target a few mangrove jacks which love to sit in around structure all day. A nice oily bait like pilchards or herring is perfect, drifted back into thick timber will be sure to produce the goods. There have still been plenty of big breams getting around the creeks, so definitely not a bad second option. The neap tides are also a great time to work soft vibes in the deeper holes and along drop offs where bait is holding, and there should be some smaller fingermark getting around, not to mention the bigger barrras and even a few good threadfin salmon.

OFFSHORE & BAY
There have been a few calmer days recently which has given the bigger boats a perfect opportunity to get out to the shoals and even a little further to the reefs. The shoals have produced plenty of spotty mackerel in plague numbers with the odd decent school sized Spanish mackerel thrown into the mix. There have been several catches of nice sized dolphin fish (also referred to as mahi mahi), taking trolled lures and baits, these fish put on a great acrobatic show and are a pleasing trophy fish for some, not to mention great eating. They aren’t always found in close around our shoals (are a very regular sight along the outer reefs) but this year has produced several sightings in close, a great indicator of perfect water conditions and plenty of bait.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
Saturday looks to be definitely a day to stick to the creeks, but with the smaller tides as mentioned above, mangrove jacks should definitely be on the target list. Lures are also a great way to target these very aggressive fish. Smaller profile, shallow diving hard bodies are a great option to work in and around timber where the jacks will be hiding. The Strada Tracka 100 is a perfect choice.

INFO BOARD
Children’s Fishing Classic – 7th September
TGFC Mike Carney Toyota Billfish Challenge – 5th-8th September


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Post by Nicole Penfold » Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:28 pm

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