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Report 30/6/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:36 am

BLUEWATER
Well what do you say about the constant winds that we have had this past month? It hasn’t allowed any of the small boat brigades out and even most of the larger boats have been kept home. The few that have ventured out report good catches of Mackerel. The Spotties, Grays, and Spanish have all made a showing at various locations. We always use the Cairns Show as a start of the Mackerel season for small boats. This may have been due to it being a public holiday and people getting out or maybe the winds start to abate. Either way, that is 4 weeks away and the Mackerel are already about so we all need to be ready as soon as the wind settles. There are good numbers of Coral Trout and Nanny’s also for the bottom fishermen. If you are fishing the bottom, you need to have a floater out the back for Mackerel or Cobia around the local wrecks. The Trevally and Tuna will also test you with not only their dogged fight but the challenge of getting them away from the Sharks that have been in plague proportions this past 12 months. I know the Experts keep telling us they are in danger of being overfished and populations are low but our reports say different, with a large number of fishermen finding it hard to get decent fish to the boat due to being ambushed by the size and numbers of Sharks. I don’t believe for 1 minute that they are in any danger except over population. Keep your fingers crossed for the wind to drop.

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INSHORE
The off shoot from the constant winds has made many more fishermen fishing inshore and rivers. Schools of Trevally have started to show up and are being caught all over the area on bait and lures. There isn’t any better fun than finding a school and targeting them with Topwater lures. The fact that you get to see all the action right there in front of you adds to the excitement of it all. They will be found around any area where there is some current, particularly if it is diverted around a snag or obstruction of some sort. Any creek mouth that runs into fairly deep water on a runout tide is another area they will regularly be found. Keep a midsize one to be cooked on the BBQ fresh, as they do not freeze very well but are as good as any fresh fish. Large Trevally should be released in good condition as they do not eat very well being dry coarse fleshed, really only suitable for a curry or something similar. Mangrove Jacks have still been a mainstay for estuary fishermen around the area. They have been around all year and there isn’t a better fish to eat. Strip baits of Mullet or Garfish fished on a light sinker should do the trick here. You do need fairly stout tackle to get them out of their favoured snaggy environment. Bream, Flathead and Whiting are showing up at the usual locations and the cool clear water is just perfect for a session at the mouths of the local rivers for a feed of succulent Whiting. Light tackle and rigs are the trick for catching them and if you are using Prawns for bait ensure that you peel them as it makes them a much better bait.

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FRESHWATER
The freshwater scene has also seen an influx of frustrated fishermen who can’t get to the reef and find their reef boat unsuitable for the estuary. They have taken to walking some of the local freshwater spots for a fishing fix, chasing Sooty Grunter and the beautiful Jungle Perch. A very simple fishing method with a small tray of small lures, a light rod and reel, a backpack, some good shoes, preferably long trousers and you are set up. The walking can sometimes get fairly challenging but that is what stops the not so keen anglers getting to those areas and ensures the fishing should be better. This is not something you should be doing alone as something as simple as a twisted ankle may see you unable to get yourself out to safety, so do it with a friend. The further you walk the better the fishing should get in theory, as long as you aren’t fishing water that has been recently fished by someone else. This will quiet the shy fish down for a week or so. If you have had a good day in a certain area, let it have a break and don’t fish the area again for at least 2 weeks to give the fish a chance to settle down again. They are slow growing and the larger fish are many years old, so please release them to maintain the breeding stocks for years to come.

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TINAROO DAM
Still at about 50%, the dam level for this time of the year is relatively low. This means that later in the year it could get down to a critical low level, so now, in spite of the cold conditions is a great time to be on the dam. The Barramundi will quiet down a bit with the cooler conditions but as the water level falls, it will concentrate the fish into smaller areas. This will mean that they will be easier to find and then all you have to do is get them to bite. Large soft plastic lures fished at a fairly slow speed along any points. Shallow flats areas that are in the sun most of the day may be a little warmer than the surrounding areas and will attract the fish to those areas. Any rocky outcrops will likewise absorb the heat and be attractive to the Barra. For Sooty Grunter the flats areas are also very attractive and particularly if there is some laydown trees in the area. Small to medium deep divers being the ideal lure for them to swim down along the length of the tree trunks. Be ready for a bulldozer style fight from these nuggets. Be careful while boating over the holidays as there will be more traffic on the water during this time.

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