Weekly Report 28 Feb 13

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Weekly Report 28 Feb 13

Post by Brad » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:26 pm

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One could say it's been a bit like Ground Hog Day in recent times with very little changing in the weather department. Searing hot days, calm seas and a splash of rain here and there has been played out day after day. Looking at the forecast I can't see much changing either with maybe only a shift of the wind to come gently from the north. The river and creek conditions have improved slightly with a bit more live bait readily available in the form of hardy heads and smaller sardines.

Christian Webb of Trinity Sportfishing says the fishing hasn't been to bad at all and had a run of 4 days in a row where the barra were biting well despite it being smack bang in the middle of neap tides. He said it was surprising to see them bite in this fashion with no water movement on offer but was very pleased they did. Besides the barra there's been better action on a variety of other species including queenfish, juvenile Gt's, estuary cod, fingermark, mangrove jack and tarpon. Christian says that it seems the fish are just waiting for just that bit more rain and then things with lift a gear. All in all though the fishing has been better and should continue to improve with a bit more rain expected.

On the reef conditions have been very calm indeed but it hasn't equated into large quantities of fish. Instead it's been a smattering of a variety of fish with no stand out numbers of one species caught. Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said it's a matter of a lot of leg work chopping and changing locations to acquire a day's catch. He mentioned that they have had a bit of trouble with sharks at the places where he was hoping to find a decent bite which hasn't helped the cause. Despite this there's been a mixture of fish so if you like a bit of variety in your freezer you'll get this at the moment.

Fish have included coral trout, bar cheek trout, large mouth nannygai, gold spot trevally, sweetlip, spangled emperor, cobia, stripeys and cod. He says the water temperature is still very high and your best chances are fishing as deep as possible and that hopefully the sharks aren't present. Once again the weather shouldn't prevent any trips from happening so the reports will continue to filter in over the coming week.

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