Weekly Report 21 Dec 10

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Weekly Report 21 Dec 10

Post by Brad » Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:23 am

Sultry and oven-baked conditions continue to bask our coastline providing great boating conditions but also making the fishing a tad tougher. Reef fishing has seen some lean times with anglers barely scratching a feed together at times but there are those enjoying better success because they are prepared to think outside of the square. The monotony of having to pull the pick and re-position consistently turns many a session into a deteriorating one as the heat of the day takes its toll. The end result often sees anglers prepared to eventually sit on a spot and hope the fish come on the bite.

Those who have enjoyed more success have been constantly on the move but not dropping the anchor. Finding bommies or structure holding a good supply of bait on the sounder, the idea is to drift over the top with baits or lures (soft plastics and jigs) and see if the fish are prepared to bite. If nothing happens all that is required is quick re-position and have another drift over the same spot. If nothing happens quickly move on to another spot. This way you can cover an enormous amount of ground with little effort and sooner or later you'll find a sweet spot where the fish are on the chew. It certainly beats the idea of having to pull in the anchor all day and end up sitting on a non-productive location. This drifting method employed in the deeper waters has seen some nice nannygai landed, all varieties of trevally, cobia, mackerel and the odd reef jack.

Our rivers and creeks have experienced an up and down period with heavy rain overnight sometimes slowing down proceedings. The better results have been happening closer to the entrances where the salt water is at its optimum and there's been a variety of fish prepared to jump on the end of the line at various times. Trevally, queenfish, mangrove jack, permit, blue salmon and grunter have been the more prolific species and there's also been some impressive accidental barra catches as well. The incoming tides have seen the most action coinciding with the low light periods.

This form has continued along our beaches with blue salmon and mainly trevally species rallying up bait schools along the foreshore. There is also a lot of smaller shark activity which have been in plague proportions at times. All in all there's been some good rod bending action particularlycloser to dark. It's going to be a red hot Christmas but in the same token quite ideal to get out on the water and wet a line. To get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call ....

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