Report 27/4/17

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Report 27/4/17

Post by subeditor » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:30 pm

The beaches have been producing good number of quality whiting and flathead. Both baits and lures have been working well, smaller baits like sand worms and peeled prawns are the best bet with a small long shank or bloodworm style hook rigged with a small running ball sinker as just one quick and simple way to rig up. There has been the odd good report coming from the creek with good numbers of mangrove jacks getting around on the edges of the mud bars and in the snags with smaller profile hard bodies the go, a favourite colour would have to be anything with a tinge of red, jacks are very aggressive and territorial fish, you’re sure to get a bite out of one placing the lure right in tight amongst the timber. When the tide is higher and the water has pushed a little further back, weedless soft plastics work a treat, being able to let the plastic sink deeper, usually a couple of winds of the handle swimming the plastic back through will result in a strike – hold on.

The headlands and bay have been producing the odd smaller fingermark. The smaller mackerel should start running soon, we have been seeing schools of herring in the bay and around the back of the island, so there has been plenty of bait around and the predators won’t be too far away. There has been plenty of grunter around in good numbers – on the bigger tides the creek mouths have been the hot spots, especially the ones with deeper sandy entrances to them such and ‘Croccy’ and ‘Coco’ around towards Cape Cleveland. A great bait for grunter is large local caught prawns and slabbed fresh garfish.
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The weather hasn’t been super favourable for us to know too much about the offshore fishing at the moment. The few keen boats that have headed out in the 15knot windows have reported plenty of bait around the reef edges with big Spanish mackerel haunting through. There hasn’t been a lot of bait action on the shoals yet, the water quality is mediocre with a solid dirty green tinge to it, hopefully as the winds start to turn from the ESE the water will clean and the bait will start thickening up for a good season on the pelagics – mackerel, tuna and billfish.

This weekends weather is a little up and down, with the uncertainty, the creeks will be the place to plan a trip around to wet a line. The tides will favour both bait fishing and lure fishing. Soaking a few baits into the snags where the current is running is sure to produce a couple of solid mangrove jack and smaller fingermark. If you manage to find some palm sized mullet, set a few live on a paternoster rig and wide gap hook is sure to put you in with a chance of a nice barra.
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