Weekly Report 8 Jul 10

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Weekly Report 8 Jul 10

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:02 pm

It has been a sea-saw affair as winds rise and fall with regularity. At least there have been windows of opportunity to head offshore, unlike a couple of weeks ago when it was non-stop blowing a gale. Those who took the opportunities to hit the blue water were rewarded with some excellent catches of fish. The spanish mackerel are in full flight and trolling efforts over deep pinnacles holding lots of bait have come up trumps with plenty of specimens in excess of 10kg. Skipping garfish has accounted for the majority of bigger fish. When trolling lures in shallower water there have also been some cracking Gt's nailing the presentations which tests out even the best of anglers.

Bottom bouncing efforts have seen a steady flow of coral trout hit the deck in sizes ranging from 2kg - 6kg and are always high on the menu list of fish to take home. Small mouth nannygai have found a bit more form of late and as normal the large mouth variety are still biting well. Catches of back breaking cobia have filtered through this week being caught off the bottom as well as closer to the surface taking a floated pilchard intended for mackerel. With a head built like a horse and strong shoulder muscles these fish pack an awesome punch when hooked. Most of the damage can be caused when they hit the deck as they throw their bulk all over the place. Quick action with the 'high priest' baton is certainly required to curb their enthusiasm. Overall the fishing is good on the reef and all we need is a string of calm weather days to really have a good crack out wide.

Inshore the beaches have been deathly quite with a bit more action in the rivers and estuaries. The incoming tides are producing queenfish, golden trevally and smaller Gt's near the entrances. Further upstream in the deeper holes there are fingermark, smaller jewfish, trevally and bream providing most of the action. The turn of the outgoing tide is seeing mangrove jack being caught amongst the snags, but with the big tides once the water starts pouring out, it is like a tidal wave and fishing becomes extremely challenging. With a not so favourable forecast coming up again, make the most of the small window of opportunities. Don't totally rely on the bereau forecast, have a look yourself outside across the water and if it looks okay be ready to go.

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