Report 19/2/16

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Report 19/2/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:47 am

The creeks have been the focus of most anglers recently with the barra season being open for a couple of weeks now. From all reports fishing has been a little tough, we probably need the water to cool down a couple of degree to really get the bait active in the creeks. With the small amounts of rain we’ve had, there have been a few creeks holding some quality prawn in the drains and gutters. The anglers utilising live baits have been fairing quite well, with those large live prawns the pick of the baits for a variety of captures including; barra, jacks and blue salmon. For the lure fisherman, because matching the hatch is important, there have been plenty of small gar hanging around the snags in the cleaner water and the drains during the run out tide, a lure that has had a lot of interest and success is the new Jackson Athlete Slim 14FS, a great lure for barra in our waters.

Along the beaches and in the bay there have been some really good reports of grunter around. During the high tide early in the morning has been the best time to target grunters moving along the beaches, good thing is it’s also not as hot. Quality fresh baits are key when targeting grunter; either cuttlefish heads or large peeled prawns are the best options. In the bay, there have been reports of good captures of grunter at the mouths of the bigger sandy creeks.

There have been small windows of low winds for the reef goers, the winds has consistently blown northerly’s for some time now, making fishing slightly more difficult, and the temperature very hot! – covering up from the sun is important, don’t forget your sunshield (­pelagic gear) There has been plenty of large bait schools consisting of very small bait on the shoals, and the longtail tunas have been going off in a big way. These are a great sportfish and a heap of fun on light spin tackle. These fish are very finicky in their feeding habits, when locked on to a type of bait they will tend to refuse any bait or lure that isn’t of a similar size. Remembering to keep the profile similar to what they are feeding on, metal slugs are a perfect option.

The tides are slightly neapish this weekend, a great tide to head into the creeks and drift a few livies or fresh baits back into the snags and drop off edges. The fingermark have been kicking around the creeks, the upcoming tides are great for targeting the in the deeper holes of the creeks with soft vibes and jerk style soft plastics. Finding where the bait is holding down deep is key, this will be where the fingermark are congregating.

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