Report 23/9/16

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Report 23/9/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:21 am

The barras are firing up with the warmer weather and starting to feed a lot harder, which is a great thing for those avid lure fishermen with all forms having success. Soft plastics and vibes in the deeper sections of the creeks, working snags and drop offs have been producing the odd nice sized barra, along with some of the better bi catch including grunter, threadfin salmon and smaller fingermark. In these same areas trolling deeper and mid running lures is a good alternative. Having a selection of lures out in different profiles is an excellent way to work out, on what and how the barras are feeding on the day, it’s very important to ‘to match the hatch’. The shallower spots along the flats and ‘snaggy’ banks there have also been some solid barras getting caught on shallow running hardbodies.
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Ben was fishing with his dad recently at Morrissey’s when this nice Barra took his live bait.
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Out in the bay there have been plenty of smaller fingermark and grunters getting caught. We’ve been hearing the bait working the best for the grunter has been fillets of fresh gar fish on a set of snelled octopus circle hooks. The odd grey mackerel has also started to show up, well worth having that floating pilchard out there. There have also been plenty of bar-cheek trouts around the islands which always love going after blades and soft plastics.
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Sherriff was casting a few soft plastics around the Hinchinbrook Channel when this very nice fingermark screamed off with his plastic.
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Jack had a ball fishing with Northern Conquest Charters landing this quality reef jack.
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We’ve had an awesome patch of good weather lately, with variable Northerly winds for the most part and this trend looks to continue over the coming weekend and into next week. Majority of the reports coming in have been of good numbers of coral trout getting caught. Paternoster dropper rigs with quality squid baits have been working a treat. Further away from the reef edges and amongst the shoaly country there has been some good catches of large mouth nannygai around the 6-8kg mark. The Spanish mackerel have also been around in large schools hanging off the current side or pressure side of the reef where the bait has been at its thickest. Time to take advantage of this good weather and head offshore for a look.

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