Report 21/9/17

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Report 21/9/17

Post by subeditor » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:03 pm

Hi everyone the school holidays are in full swing and the weather gods are shining with some great fishing weather this week and well into next.

With light winds forecast there should be plenty of boats heading offshore doing some reef fishing or trolling for the might Spanish mackerel. There have been reports of mackerel working the bait schools wide of the Cape, in and around the Cordelia Rock area and probably the pick of them seems to be the Palms with good Spanish mackerel around the 20kg mark caught in recent weeks. One of the best methods of late seems to be casting stick baits into the bait schools and working them both on the surface and sub surface as this can sometimes trigger the bite when nothing else will work. The shoals have also been producing fish nice mackerel on the troll with rigged gar and lures. Jigging these areas has also been producing some nice Bar-Cheeked trout in recent weeks. It is worth considering using live pinkies if you can jig a few up on bait jigs they are great baits for trout and other fish in the area.
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Sienna had a ball catching a bunch of fish recently with these two Jacks the best for the day.
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The wrecks are also worth mentioning lately with some very nice cobia on the chew lately with all manner of jigs doing the trick when it comes to these fish. They are great fighters so be prepared for a tough encounter when one of the 20kg plus versions smashes your gear.

Once again the weather looks great for a spot of beach fishing along Pallarenda, up around the Northern Beaches and down around Alva beach in the Burdekin all should be producing some whiting and the odd flathead. Peeled prawns or live yabbies’ are your best option for whiting and when it comes to flathead it is hard to be soft plastics worked slow along the bottom stirring up the sand. They just can’t seem to resist them, one little tip worth doing is get your hands on some S-Factor as it can often trigger a bite particularly if you are working a small area along a beach.

There are still plenty of mangrove jacks around and estuary cod around and the Barra are starting to show up in more and more catches as the weather heats up with live baits, lures and soft plastics all accounting for their fair share of fish. Working the areas in the creek of river that is holding the bait is always the key to catching Barra if there is no bait in the area move the fish will not be there it is as simple as that. Find the bait find the fish.
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Sienna had a ball catching a bunch of fish recently with these two Jacks the best for the day.
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Sienna had a ball catching a bunch of fish recently with these two Jacks the best for the day.
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Last week there were a few reports of crabs so it might be worth throwing in a few pots if you are heading up one of your favourite creeks or rivers this weekend.


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