Weekly Report 15 Sep 09

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Weekly Report 15 Sep 09

Post by Brad » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:39 pm

The build up to the school holidays is reaching fever pitch with clientele scrambling to book themselves on their preferred fishing trips. September is traditionally the busiest time of the year in the region with good boating conditions on offer. Visiting anglers can expect a good time to be had offshore whether they are chasing reef species or pelagic fish on the light tackle. Coral trout are beginning to aggregate in preparation for spawning and even though they are not chewing their heads off they are becoming more concentrated in certain areas. If the trout aren't first to the hook they are usually beaten by sweetlip, moses perch or stripeys all eager to fill their bellies. In the deeper sections large mouth nannygai are biting reasonably well with golden trevally, slatey bream and spangled emperor showing up in solid numbers at times. Spanish mackerel taken on floats are fat around the mid rift and are reaching up to 14kg.

On the light tackle scene the continental shelf is seeing a variety of action unfold. From Linden Bank up to Opal Ridge there are schools of yellowfin tuna and spanish mackerel working the bait schools, look for the birds working the water. A few wahoo have also been registered which is an early start for these speedsters. On a larger scale game vessels are already tangling with good sized black marlin and all indications are pointing to an early start to the season and hopefully a bumper year. Inshore a variety of fish are on the burst with the spike in water temperatures. Mangrove jack, fingermark and barra have improved dramatically amongst structure. Queenfish, trevally and barracuda are patrolling the channels and bread and butter species such as bream continue to bite well near fallen trees or man made structures.

With a bit of wind expected early morning starts will be imperative if heading offshore and the same applies for your river fishing because it's starting to be damn hot during the middle of the day. If you want to get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call.

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