Weekly Reort 26 Aug 09

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Weekly Reort 26 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:29 am

Another splendid week of weather was on offer allowing fishos to explore wherever they desired. Local boat ramps were a hive of activity with many deciding to head offshore in light of the good weather. Reef reports dominated proceedings once again with a mixed bag of fish put on ice. Preferred targeted species such as coral trout to a few kilo and large mouth nannygai to 6-7kg were caught in good numbers on most days. In saying this the shark populations are ferocious at the moment snavelling a lot of these red fish on the way up. In this situation handlines are more effective with minimal stretch and the ability to put line on the deck in quicker time before the men in grey suits have time to respond. Other species to feature predominantly in the past week have been sweetlip, spangled emperor, moses perch and cod varieties.

Days out on the blue water have been nothing short of glorious and trolling around outer and inshore reefs for mackerel has been a popular option for many. Spanish mackerel are in healthy numbers offshore mainly between the 6-9kg range and reports of school and grey mackerel are more common closer to shore around headlands and Snapper Island. With improved water clarity beach fishing has been another popular option with plenty of whiting and swallow tail dart to be caught using a simple peeled prawn. Using live baits has accounted for queenfish, blue salmon and trevally varieties. The incoming tide early morning or late afternoon are seeing the fish in a feeding mood.

Our rivers and creeks have also improved with better conditions with queenfish and trevally pushing further upstream on the bigger tides in pursuit of bait schools. Mangrove jack are gaining more momentum amongst the snags and a few more barra are starting to show up with the warmer weather. There are a lot of barracuda in our estuaries keeping anglers entertained in between waiting for the bigger bite. Bream still remain an easy catch for those happy to soak a bait. We can expect a bit of wind for a couple of days but the better weather want be too far around the corner. September is an exciting time to be fishing with all species on the march. To get amongst the action on offer give us a call.

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