Weekly Report 4 Apr 14

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Weekly Report 4 Apr 14

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:28 pm

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The biggest news to filter through in the past week came from the southern end of Four Mile Beach. Like it did a few weeks ago following a good dose of rain, the seas calmed and the early morning high tide was the catalyst for another jelly prawn hatch. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the rising tide saw thousands of fish embark on a fish feeding frenzy. There were queenfish, big tarpon, trevally, blue salmon, dart and barra all getting amongst the action. Regular visitor to the beach Shane Down said it was a bigger affair than a few weeks ago and it was the biggest congregation of fish he's seen on Four Mile for many a year.

Fly fisherman produced the best results using tiny shrimp imitation flies with some anglers doing okay on small poppers across the surface and soft plastics bounced across the floor. With more rain anticipated in the coming week I'm fairly confident that we'll see quite a few more of these piscatorial explosions in the coming weeks. Remember the 3 key ingredients are good rain, followed by an early morning high tide and calm seas.

A bit further north along the Cooya Beach flats there are good reports of mature prawns and there's been a lot of blue salmon, barra and wolf herring tapping into this rich resource. The fish are apparently not big in size but there a solid numbers of them. Much the same was reported along Newell Beach a bit further north.

Offshore the reef reports have been patchy with coral trout, medium sized large mouth and spangled emperor being the main quarry to be plucked from the depths. Skipper Steve Adamson said it hasn't been easy going and they've had to work hard to secure the fish they've caught. There hasn't been a hot bite recently and it has been a matter of covering a lot of ground. On the light tackle game fishing scene Saltaire Charters recorded several big Gt's caught on popper over the weekend. With a high outgoing tide for most of the day it made ideal conditions to fish the outer edge pressure points where the bait was accumulating. Skipper Damian Collete said their biggest fish was 36kg and this is a horse of a fish for this area. They also caught a few Spanish mackerel on the troll but the highlight was the Gt fishing.

Looking ahead the bureau is predicting much the same with 15-20 knots forecast with associated showers. The tides are very slow over the weekend and picking up at the start of the week. The fishing overall should improve significantly during April and a time to make the most of it when the weather allows.

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