Weekly Report 22 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 22 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:34 pm

The week leading into Christmas provided superb boating conditions, albeit a bit toasty under the blistering sun. The big mover in the fishing stakes has been the fantastic light tackle opportunities to be had out on the continental shelf at Opal Ridge and the top of Linden Bank. Ocean speedsters such as dolphin fish, yellowfin tuna and spanish mackerel are providing excellent sport using 10-15kg outfits. There is a lot of bird activity out there and they'll point you in the right direction. Also on the outer edge there have been a few encounters with sailfish and now is the perfect time to target these amazing fish.

On the reef the best opportunities definitely lie under the cover of darkness with good reports of locals tapping into red emperor and large mouth nannygai fishing in deep water. The day sessions have been scratchy with fish biting spasmodically with no pattern to their feeding. There has been the odd large mouth nannygai caught, there's a few good trout to be snared and there is the occasional big rogue spanish mackerel to be caught on a floating live bait such as a tasty fusilier. Other species to feature regularly have been sweetlip, slatey bream and small gold spot trevally. Closer to shore, wrecks and rubble patches have fared much better for large mouth nannygai and trevally species and there's also the odd big spanish
mackerel to tangle with.

Rivers and creeks are seeing a lot of juvenile bait fish in the systems attracting hordes of smaller trevally. Fishing on structure in deeper water has seen fingermark continue to bite well and the mangrove jack are super busy along the banks patrolling the mangrove edges. Come dark time the barramundi are far more active attracted to baitfish which hover around any source of light, but remember they must be released during the closed season. On the beaches using garfish dead or alive and fishing the afternoon incoming tides has also seen a few good blue salmon and barramundi make an appearance. There's nothing better than wetting a line on a hot balmy evening on any of our wonderful beaches at this time of year. To get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call.

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