Report 11/8/17

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Report 11/8/17

Post by subeditor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:25 pm

Well I don't think I have seen better weather than we have had over the last month and the fish have been on the bite as well.

This weekend if you don’t have time to put the boat in the water and have a fish I would be having a cast at Cleveland Point for a Tailor or the Raby Bay Marina for Tailor and Bream.

These two locations produce fish on the incoming tide in the evening or early morning however this weekend the evening tide is better suited to fish the locations mentioned.

The best bait in both spots is Pilchard fished on an UN weighted rig as Cleveland Point is very rocky and the Marina has not enough run in the tide to move the bait.
The southern bay has seen a lot of Flathead show up in good numbers with anglers catching 20 fish in a session on lures. If you have never fished for Flathead on lures give it a try as they are one of the easiest fish to target on a lure.

Trolling for Flathead with a small hardbody lure is one of the best ways to find the fish as you can cover a lot of territory and when you catch one fish, most of the time, you will catch multiple fish in the same area as they do school-up especially when they are breeding.

The right combo for fishing lures for Flathead is a 7" graphite rod, a 3500 size reel and 10 lb braid with a 12 lb leader. Troll the lure as slow as possible - the distance the lure is trolled varies from in the prop wash to 30m - having two rods is an advantage.
Soft lures are also a great way to target Flathead. Casting along the sand banks at the drains that run off the banks works very well - best soft lures are Zerek Flat Shads 3.5' and Z Man Minnoz. Both of these lures are fished on a 1/8-1/6 jig head and a 3/0-4/0 hook. One important thing to remember is working the lure as close as possible to the bottom with a slow retrieve and the occasional pause to let the lure sink to the bottom.
Elsewhere in the Bay the Whiting have been in good numbers in the Rous and at the Sand Hills. The Snapper have been in good numbers at the Artificial reefs.

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