Report 13/5/16

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Report 13/5/16

Post by subeditor » Fri May 13, 2016 2:06 pm

Cooler mornings will bring the whiting into the beaches and creeks mouths in good numbers. There have already been positive reports of some really good sized fish getting caught, with the morning starting to cool down, the numbers won’t be far away. Whiting are a fun fish to target, especially using small poppers and stickbaits (the best producing lure for whiting recently has been the Jackson Ebi Panic), and with a few around, a great feed. We’ve also been hearing of big bream around in the creeks, which is a very good sign for the cooler months ahead, finesse fishing with lighter line and smaller lures will start to produce top results.
There have also been some nice grunters getting caught in the bay and the creeks. This time of year grunter will be hunting around the shallower water along the sand flats chasing bait. So don’t be surprised to catch them along the mouths of drains and gutters, using both baits and smaller soft plastics will work well. Fresh large prawns are the best working bait in the creeks and large cuttlefish heads in the bay are a good option for larger grunters.
Peter was flicking a few lures around when this nice jack smashed his lure.
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There were recently a couple of windows of good weather, enough for plenty of boats to take advantage and head out onto the shoals and out to the reef. The mackerel have been around the reefs, mainly averaging 6kg, and on the shoals majority of the Spanish mackerel caught have all been 10-12kg, a perfect eating size. Quality gar trolled on a wog head or as a skip bait with pink squid skirts have been working a treat and accounting for plenty of the mackerel caught recently. There were plenty of small wolf herring seen around the headlands in the past week, so it shouldn’t be long and the mackerel will be in a lot closer and trolling wolf herring around will account for some of the larger Spaniards. Around the headlands there has been plenty of bait and the queenfish have been running ramped recently with some solid fish around. Poppers and stickbaits, vibes and metal jigs all work well targeting queenfish. Surface lures for when the queenies are chasing the bait along the surface and vibes and jigs work best when the fish are feeding a little bit deeper, usually around the slack of the tide.
Sam had a ball on a trip fishing Cape Bowling Green Bay landing this nice yellowfin tuna.
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Kallen headed to the reef last weekend catching his first ever coral trout.
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With 20knots forecast for this weekend the creeks will be the place to hide and still catch a few fish. Soaking a few baits into the snags will be a great option with a variety of species on the bite in the creeks recently, from fingermark, bream, grunter, jacks and barras. Live baits are always hard to beat when you’re able to catch it, with plenty of prawn around, the gutters and mouths of the small creeks will be prime area to throw the castnet in. When using live baits, a dropper rig set up is far better for the life and presentation of your baits, as opposed to a running sinker setup that will weigh your bait down on the bottom, killing the bait a lot quicker.

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