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Report 3/8/17

Post by subeditor » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:54 pm

The whiting where thick a couple of weeks back for anglers putting in the effort chasing yabbies first to use as live bait have been fairing the best. The bigger yellowfin bream are around with a few getting caught lately, in both the timber in the creeks and along the beach fronts – smaller bib hard body lures are great for chasing bream on light line. There have also been plenty around in the lakes near Castletown, a great species for the kids to get out and have plenty of fun with. Good bait for bream is peeled or whole prawns depending on the size of your hook.

With the cooler couple of weeks we have recently had the school mackerel have been bought into Cleveland Bay with plenty of reports of good numbers coming from the weed beds and even the breakwater walls for a few lucky land based anglers. A small set of gangs rigged on a fluorocarbon leader and a pilchard floating out has provided the best success. A fluorocarbon leader as opposed to the wire trace for smaller mackerel is a good key as they can be a little more timid in the calmer, cleaner water. The fluorocarbon leader also provides a more natural bait presentation as the wire can sometimes be visible to the mackerels and they will shy away from taking your bait. This time of year the water is much cleaner and all fish are slightly more finicky, so don’t forget to consider dropping your line and leader down a size or two and you will find the number of bites far increased. Choosing to use soft plastics and lures are a great option but select natural and clear colours in the cleaner water.

For those that headed out to the reefs during last week’s brief window of glamour weather, good numbers of fish were caught, from coral trouts and red throat emperor in really good numbers on the shoals, finding the bait schools held up closer to the bottom and dropping a jig or soft plastic down has accounted for plenty of nice fish during the day. This time of year is a great time to target these species in shallower water around the reefs up to 40m. When anchored up bottom fishing, it’s well worth having a floating pilchard out, with a good chance of a nice Spanish mackerel.
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Cameron had a great day out on the water fishing around Keeper Reef catching this nice Coral Trout.
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Jack had a ball on a recent trip to Maggie Shoals getting this very nice Bar-Cheek Trout to the boat.
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Not to be out done on the same trip Clara landed this very nice Nannygai.
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