Weekly Report 29 Nov 10

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Weekly Report 29 Nov 10

Post by Brad » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:46 pm

With calm conditions abounding there's no better time to be on the water than right now. With a good forecast extending into the weekend it's time to take advantage because you don't know what may be just around the corner. Out wide on the shelf the marlin have literally disappeared but there is still plenty of value with dolphin fish, yellowfin tuna and wahoo in consistent numbers. Skipping garfish and trolling deep diving lures is there preferred method at the moment dropping back to using stand up light tackle gear. With calm weather the trek out wide is quite comfortable at the moment.

Quite a few anglers have been heading offshore for a reef fish and are finding the fish in patches. Turns of the tide are paramount in the warmer conditions and this has been when the fish are on the bite. Your large mouth nannygai have responded to this shift in tide and will come on the chew for a short time. As mentioned last week there are still plenty of trevally mixed up in amongst these schools and make for good angling. Bar cheek trout are the dominant trout species at the moment and there are good numbers in the 25-30m water range. Besides this there are a mixed bag of fish showing up in the likes of sweetlip, stripeys, spangled emperor, some handsome sized cobia and a few Spanish mackerel are still being captured on the float. A night time fish at the moment could be a very good option to increase catches but do check the evening storm activity which seems to be brewing.

Inshore there's action along the beaches with blue salmon on the run along with trevally, queenfish and tarpon. Live baits are claiming the bigger variety with fly fishermen enjoying the spoils using small presentations representing small jelly prawns. A rising tide at dawn is prime time to see the waters come alive with activity. This activity is pouring into the creeks and rivers with trevally catches on the rise during the incoming tides and in tow are queenfish and some nice salmon. Grunter are performing well on the flats during low light periods along with the ever present shovel nose ray. Mangrove jack are very consistent amongst the snags particularly if there is a bit of depth around the structure and also at the mouths of run off drains on the outgoing tide. The top of the tide has seen the fingermark fish best in the deep holes and I'm seeing some handy mudcrab activity as well for those prepared to put in the time. There have been a lot of incidental barra catches at the moment and it's not too hard to know where they are congregating. There are a lot of smaller barra cruising in schools awaiting for the big girls to arrive so spawning can begin.

Good weather means good fishing at this time of year. To get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call ......

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