Weekly Report 13 May 10

Barra Jacks
99 Denham St, Rockhampton Q 4700
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Weekly Report 13 May 10

Post by Brad » Thu May 13, 2010 11:17 am

OFFSHORE
Nothing is set in stone but it is certainly shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. If the forecasts are correct, then offshore fishing will certainly be the go! Good reports of Spanish mackerel are still coming in from those who have been braving the weather. Emporer, red jew, trout and good fingermark have also been around in great numbers. Some of these fish have been extra oversize, so be prepared to get your arms stretched a bit! In a bit closer there have been a heap of grey macks and dogs a plenty, so all manner of boaties shouldn’t have to many troubles finding a feed. All the usual inshore spots have been producing fish including Iron Pot and Rita Mada.

AWOONGA DAM
As the water cools most people believe that barra don’t eat. This is not entirely true. Their feeding habits certainly change, although they do still have to eat. The periods in which they will feed are just reduced considerably. Yes this definitely makes them a more difficult target, but to switched on anglers this just creates a different challenge. Winter is often when some of the biggest fish are caught in very spectacular shallow water situations. Don’t think you cannot catch them because you certainly can. Fishing is about learning and trying different things, so what a perfect time to put a different style into practice and give yourself a challenge. The rewards can be fantastic, and the days on the water can be most enjoyable, fish or no fish.

CANIA DAM Mothers Day weekend
So Dave and Clint (and their partners) braved the cold over the weekend and went out to Cania for two days. A crying shame as there has been a fairly major fish kill at the dam. With the influx of new water over the past months heaps of rotting vegetation has caused the water to roll over. Not enough oxygen in the water and fishes go bye bye. Not all doom and gloom though, this dam has a reputation for bouncing back extremely well, so I can see it improving a lot in the not to distant future. We did manage a couple of bass on surface lures early morning, and toga on diving minnows as the sun got up a bit. Definitely note worthy was the fact that both boats were lucky enough to see ceratodus (lungfish), in different parts of the dam at about the same time of day. This was great as it is a fairly rare experience.

FITZROY RIVER
Still good reports of crab, and also a lot of talk about barra in the town reaches. Live baits and(strangely) blue soft plastics seem to be the major winners at the moment. Whispers of some really nice king pushing back up towards town as well. With the water starting to clear just a little, make sure you fish slow with your lures, with dark colours and gold. Live just about anythings should also do the trick.

CORIO BAY
As stated before this place can produce by far and away some of our best winter estuary fishing. The place should be chockers with bait over the winter period especially after such a good flush out. Shallow water plastic fishing is a fantastic fun way to fish Corio, allowing you to target multiple species with the same lure at the same time. Light braid, graphite spin stiks are certainly the best option to throw the right plastics and work them effectively. That’s not to say that the old school gear won’t catch you fish with plastics, its just far easier to get the desired action with the former. The bait fishos should also fair pretty darn well in the colder months with a smorgasboard of species available.

COOROOMAN CREEK
PRAWNS , CRABS, AND SALMON, The place is going off at the moment and looks like being good this weekend with the bigger tides it has stirred the pot up and its bubbling over. Get down there and take advantage while its fishing well these small fishing windows don’t last for ever in a small estuary like Cooroman. And take a cast net there are prawns get a feed or just get them for bait. CAST NETS ARE $55.00 for a 8ft mono. Check out them at Barra Jacks.

PORT ALMA
There are some seriously good fish getting around the Port at the moment. King, black jew, blues and fingermark. I wouldn’t wanna be a mullet in the Port at the moment. This time of year is a big transition period, off the back of a flood, weather cooling, large amounts of prawn and mullet. Although it may be hit and miss, when you get it right at this time of year you have the potential to blow any p.b. that you may have right out of the water. Perseverance is the key. Again, Connors and Balaclava have certainly been the places of choice. Rig up and hang on……

CAUSEWAY LAKE
Bream city! The cool weather brings on the bream. Live prawn, yabbies and worm. Don’t be afraid to try small strips of oily mullet, lightly waited so it can move slowly with the water.

Lucky craft pointer 48, Ecogear zx 30 and 40 and mx48 are a couple of lures the any die hard bream lure fisho should have in their arsenal. These little fellows aren’t the cheapest lures on the market but they are certainly among the deadliest. These lures presented on light braid and fluorocarbon leader can be absolutely deadly on finicky bream. They also have the potential to draw strikes from the bigger more dominant fish rather than the pickers.

BEDFORD WEIR BLACKWATER
Need an update if anyone has been out to the Weir.

CHARTER BOATS - KONOMIE DREAMING AND SPIRIT
The weather has been great especially last week and the fishing was red hot so if you need to get a trip in, line up 7 or 8 guys and give us a ring and book your trip you won’t be disappointed. At this time of year there are always plenty of fish. We cater for all your needs and you just walk on walk off how good does it sound.

UPCOMING FISHING COMPS
The tight lines fishing comp is the next big event on our calender so check out the web site and make sure you register and get the weekend off for that comp it will be the biggest yet.

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