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Report 22/7/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:51 am

The beaches have been fishing really well recently, with the water nice and clean the whiting have been the best reports coming in, after a little bit of rain the water has started to dirty up a little, but shouldn’t take long to settle. Some nice catches of solid flathead as well. Live yabbies have been hard to come by with most of the yabby beds silted over, on really low tides there will be some still exposed out a bit further. As a second option bait that has still been producing whiting in good numbers is small peeled prawns presented on a long shank hook. Another key to keep in mind is to keep your leader nice and light, adding red tubing and beads also work well in attracting whiting to your bait.

This time of year is generally a great time of year for offshore fishing with the shoals firing with plenty of mackerel and cobia, and the reefs are fishing really well with plenty of large mouth nannygai a bit deeper and good reports of trouts in shallower around the reef edges themselves. 50 to 100 gram jigs presented well have accounted for good catches of trout on the reefs and the cobia have been in really good numbers on the shoals and wrecks, and the odd one up towards 20kg is a sight and will put up an awesome fight. The best jig and most versatile accounting for a variety of species currently is the dog tooth IKA jig. There is a few sneaky tips with these jigs that will increase your success rate tenfold – rigging them from the head end gives the jig a much more aggressive fleeing action, coupled with a slow double hop retrieve has been the key to success.
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Brodie had a ball recently landing this nice large mouth nannygai.
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Gavin was jigging the shoals when this cobia smashed his jig.

The weather this weekend looks good for a spot of offshore fishing, double check the updated weather forecast before heading out, or give the Townsville Coast Guard a call for the current conditions offshore just to be sure. For the smaller boats there have been some school mackerel in shore around the shipping channel markers and west point around the Island. Rigging options and lures for catching the smaller school mackerel are; a pilchard on a set of gangs with no wire floating out the back while anchored, or small minnows trolled close to the structure or bait schools marked up, also casting 20gm or 30gm metals jigs or slices works a treat as well.
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Kyle caught his biggest fish to date this very nice tuna and also on the same lure this mackerel.

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