Report 3/3/19

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Report 3/3/19

Post by subeditor » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:34 pm

From all indications it seems to worst of the wet season has well and truly past and conditions in the tropics have settled down. We are experiencing moderate rains but nothing to the extent of a month or so ago.
Day temperatures are a lot more comfortable and there is ample windows of opportunity to hit the blue water and our calm water fishing inshore has settled nicely.

Without question the best fishing is still occurring out wide on the outer Great Barrier Reef with all sorts of quarry to target. Calm days with a good run in the tide are producing some amazing giant tevally catches fishing the pressure points of reefs holding bait such as banana fish or fusiliers. Big poppers and stick baits cast in the vicinity of these shoals are getting hammered by fish up to 30kg and providing one hell of a ride for lucky anglers. Tides leading into the moons are fishing best with the exception of the full moon itself where the fish can be a bit finicky.
On these similar tides there are still some nice Spanish mackerel to troll up using hard body diving lures and garfish woghead rigs. The fish have been tending to be on the larger size 15kg and better which is typical at this time of year as they are often big rogue mackerel cruising by themselves.

The fishing off the bottom still continues to impress and has to be by far the best summer run we’ve seen in a long time. All the prized fish are snapping away including red emperor, large and small mouth nannygai and coral trout. They have been again on the larger size and have provided a lot of entertainment. Bonus species to add to the above have included cobia, gold spot trevally, baldy bream, cattle dog cod and spangled emperor. Naturally bread and butter species such as stripeys, sweetlip and moses perch have tended to be part of a daily catch. The key has been to avoid the sections of reef or more open water with a raging current which at times has been almost impossible to get a bait to the bottom. It is expected that the awesome fishing wont change too much as water temperatures slowly decrease as the weeks go by.

Inshore the rivers and creeks have settled down beautifully with less rainfall and it has been enough to keep stirring the pot and circulating bait around the systems. By far the mangrove jack have been the busiest locally and have been tempted by several means including live and dead bait plus a range of lres and soft plastics. They have been prevalent around the bends where there has been a pressure point built up on a bank. In the process there have been plenty of cod in the same areas and of decent size. Our barra catches still are coming from around the river/creek mouths and live baiting with mullet has seen the better results particularly on dusk or after dark. For this reason night fishing charters have been very popular. Other fish patrolling the mouths have included some nice blue salmon and extra large grunter or javelin fish. Finding fresh live bait in the form of sardines, mullet, prawns or mud herring has been relatively easy of late and well worth the effort of pursuing before you start fishing.

April, weather providing, is always a marked calendar month being a crossover period of the year as the wet season slowly dries up and the cooler weather creeps in. The fishing can fire on all cylinders whether it be offshore or along the coast.
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