Weekly Report 4 Nov 09

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Weekly Report 4 Nov 09

Post by Brad » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:29 pm

Wild conditions featured for most of the past week putting a dent in many fishing plans. There were a few which braved the weather and headed offshore and were rewarded handsomely with a variety of fish. Spanish mackerel returned to form hitting floating rigs on a regular basis and there were some good reports of large mouth nannygai up to 8kg. Other species registered included slatey bream, moses perch, tea-leaf trevally and a few coral trout. Actually the trout never really came back on the bite as one would have hoped after the closure, they have been patchy and in some normal hot spots they have disappeared altogether. It will be interesting to see if they congregate for the next closure starting on the 14th November.

With barramundi now officially off the menu for the next two months, river and estuary anglers have turned their focus onto other prized species such as mangrove jack and fingermark. The jacks are biting hard amongst timbered snags and mangroves on the dropping tide, devouring juicy dead baits and hammering well presented lures. Fingermark have been very partial to a live bait in the deeper holes and the top of the tide has seen the best action. There have been some cracking grunter caught across estuary flats on the incoming tide and fresh mullet strips are ideal for tempting these tasty fish. If we receive more heavy rainfall it may pay to place a few crab pots along the edges of our coastal mangroves. A good dose of rain seems to trigger them into adventure mode.

With some solid periods of rain in recent times this will only spur on the fishing, particularly in the rivers and creeks. New sources of food will be available and the fish will be eager to cash in before the onslaught of the wet season when things become a bit tougher.

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