Weekly Report 12 Jan 10

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Weekly Report 12 Jan 10

Post by Brad » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:08 pm

Welcome to a new year and hopefully 2010 will be a repeat of 2009 which presented some of the best boating conditions on record and the fishing was equally good. This year so far has been a bit of a mixed bag with steamy hot conditions, a touch of wet season rain and a dose of windy conditions. In saying this, by the time you are reading this conditions will have settled down and if the winds can steer clear of coming from the north, heading offshore will be an option this weekend. The reef fishing has been really patchy with a raging current running south and variable winds making anchoring a bit of a guessing game. The fish at times have been sluggish and the norm has been to pluck a few fish from one spot before having to move on. Species which have been biting have included coral trout, sweetlip, moses perch and few large mouth nannygai. Returning to a bit of form has been the spanish mackerel and reef mangrove jack which have nailed a floating rig with a live fusilier.

The light tackle scene has been more productive particularly wide at Opal Ridge and Linden Bank. The best technique is to trail a spread of garfish and lures and you should come in contact with dolphin fish, wahoo, spanish mackerel and yellowfin tuna. Some anglers have also been lucky enough to entice a bite out of the awesome sportfish, the sailfish. Finding current lines and cleaner water holding bait is the key to success. Closer to home between the inshore reefs and outer reefs there are good numbers of mack tuna working the waters, just look for the birds. There are also schools of northern longtail tuna working at certain times and are a prized fish. Slowly approaching these schools and casting metal slugs into the frenzy and then winding like mad can see you having an absolute ball, albeit a real challenge at times to find a settling school of fish.

The word inshore is that the beaches have been quiet but should improve with better weather predicted. Up the rivers and creeks has been hot work and best action is occuring during low light period with fingermark, mangrove jack and estuary cod leading the charge. There are tarpon in the deeper holes which are also holding trevally on the incoming tides. To get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call.

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