Weekly Report 22 May 10

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Weekly Report 22 May 10

Post by Brad » Sat May 22, 2010 8:56 am

Anglers would agree that it makes such a pleasant change to see the sun shining and the seas complying. It seems too the fish also agree because they too have had a change in attitude. There hasn't been much joy offshore over the last couple of months but that has changed dramatically over the past week. Even though we haven't seen those glass out conditions, the averageing 15 knot days have tipped the balance in the anglers favour. Leading the charge have been large mouth nannygai solid numbers and being caught in 35m plus of water. A lot of these fish are averaging a very healthy 5-7kg and are prime table eating quarry. Mixed in amongst the nannygai schools have been red emperor, spangled emperor, cobia and trevally species. Fishing between 20-35m has seen the coral trout biting consistently and to add a bit of spice reef mangrove jack have certainly turned up in more numbers as well. May traditionally is when you'll see more jack turn up on the reef menu and they are a highly rated fish to enjoy catching and eating.

There is a lot more surface activity out wide at the moment with bait schools being pushed to the surface by pelagic species. These predators provoking this activity have included mack tuna, the occasional yellowfin tuna, scaly mackerel and spanish mackerel. Some of the spanish mackerel are reaching in excess of 15kg and this is signalling the start of the light tackle season. Spanish mackerel catches should begin to multiply from hereon and trailing lures should be incorporated into your reef schedule. Inshore the sweeping tides have seen an array of fish moving into our systems. Trevally, queenfish and school mackerel have been aggressive on the incoming tides following in the bait schools which are in healthy numbers. With days still providing plenty of warmth we are still seeing consistent catches of fingermark, mangrove jack and barramundi.

As a bonus mud crabs are now nice and full and can add some 5 star touches to a days catch in our rivers and estuaries. All in all the fishing is powering along just the way we like it and there is plenty of options available to anglers. To get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call .....

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