Report 10/7/15

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Report 10/7/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:41 am

BLUEWATER
With the fishing promising to be good this past month with reports of Marlin, Mackerel and Tuna coming from the bigger boats that were capable of getting out in spite of the winds. However the winds continue to hold all but the larger boats inshore giving the fish another month to grow. I cannot see any respite from this wind in the near future which would allow smaller boats a fair go at them so we all need to be ready when it does finally come down. The charter boats continue to make good catches of Coral Trout, Nannygai and a few Red Emperor. Drift lines are turning up good quality and numbers of Mackerel as well.

The small species of Mackerel are about the usual inshore area’s which will be keeping the small boaters on their toes watching the weather. There has also been reports of the first Whales starting to show up. This means a heap more care while travelling for the next few months. A collision with one of these will only have one winner and it won’t be you or your boat. The bonus is that Cobia regularly travel with the Whales and you won’t find a tougher opponent on the end of your line. Not bad eating as well. Be aware there are laws regarding Whales and how close you can approach them and if you do have an interest in having a look when they turn up it would be wise to know them.

As we get closer to the recognised game fish season the early reports look good for the various tournaments that will be run from now on. Now is the time to start getting your teams organized and planning gear and tackle you will need. Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance is a very good rule to fish by if you are hoping to make any sort of mark on these competitions as the consistent winners are very prepared.

It certainly has cooled down in a rush catching some unawares. But this should be expected at this time of the year and will bring on the Winter species that we have been waiting for. Mackerel are about in good numbers and the only problem is getting to them. However this last week has seen some lighter winds and plenty of boats out chasing them along with the many other pelagics. Cobia, Trevally, Tuna and obviously our Billfish have all made a showing when the weather allows. All the local hotspots have had a working over. The weather is unseasonal in that during show week it should have been raining and blowing instead of cold calm and clear. I hope you all took advantage of it. Floated Pilchards and for that matter all drift baits have had to be rigged on light gear as the water clarity has given the fish a good look and any heavy or bulky rigging has been snubbed so if you haven’t had any success you may need to look at the terminal gear you are using and if need be lighten up or even get rid of the wire and take the chance that you will catch more than you lose through bite-offs. The bait schools have also shown up and these are a good sign-post for pelagic species. If you find the bait you will usually find the fish. They may show up on your sounder and be impossible to get to bite but this will be something that will change and it may be as simple as a tide change. The change of tide will often bring fish that won’t bite back on the feed so keep a check on the tides and know when the change is. A change of tactic could also bring them on the bite like jigging a few livebaits from the school of bait and send them straight back. The various Nannygai and Emperors have made their presence felt in the cooler weather and I am not sure if that is because we have been able to get out to them or the cooler weather has brought them up into shallower water. Either way it is good to see them about. The inshore Mackerel areas like the Wrecks, Fairway Leads, Fitzroy Island, and High Island should continue to produce the various species of Mackerel for the small boaters when the weather permits. Trevally, Cobia and Tuna are other target species for these areas.

INSHORE
As the water continues to cool we have been getting some good reports of Winter Whiting, Bream and Flathead around the mouths of our rivers and creeks. These are fish that we don’t often talk about up here in the tropics but are not only fun to catch when your tackle is lightened to match but rate highly in the eating stakes. That being said they are well worth the effort of chasing. The best tactic is to head out on the low tide and pump some Yabbies then fish them over the sandbars as the tide comes in. As I mentioned last month this is a great family outing for all ages particularly if you are land based.

The kids get a heap of fun catching the Yabbies as they are pumped on to the sand and to then use them to catch the fish is special. As younger ones have short span of attention the beach gives them plenty to do, be it sand castles or just checking what has been washed up by the tide. It never ceases to amaze me what can be found. Light line and leaders are the name of the game. 3kg line with a 4kg leader is a good starting point along with a #4 or #6 long shank hook to match the size of the bait and target fish you are hoping to catch. If you can’t pump Yabbies for any reason the humble Prawn is a good substitute but be sure to peel them which makes them much more attractive to the Whiting and Bream. For the lure tossers again head out there at low tide to get a picture of the lay of the land and fish small lures into the gutters as the tide comes in. Best of luck.

FRESHWATER
We talked about getting up to some of the western areas before it got too cold last month, well I hope you did because it certainly has cooled off since then. The headwaters of the coastal rivers should hold some temperature over the next couple of months and will be the area to target for Sooty Grunter and Jungle Perch. Clear cold water will make them especially wary and you will have to work harder to catch them. This is not to discourage you from going out doing it but to say you will need to be working harder than the middle of summer. The fresh water back up to the jungle and mountains is always a beautiful area to fish and can become an obsession. The Gulf rivers mostly will suffer a year of low water levels and this will mean the Barra and other fish will be concentrated into smaller pools so where to fish will be an easier decision but numbers will be down and the remaining fish could quite easily be fished out. Fish from these low water pools are generally poor eating quality and should be released so there is brood stock when the rivers flood out and the next breeding season starts up. Remember fish for the future.

TINAROO DAM
Tinaroo tends to get a bit quiet at this time of the year as the cold tends to discourage those that are not totally commited but that doesn’t mean there are no fish to be caught. A change of method is in order though. The cool water will have the Barra looking for as little as 1degree warmer water than the rest of the area around it. Shallow areas with the sun shining on them are spots that could produce. The biggest thing that you need to remember when fishing these areas is that the fish will be very spooky and any disturbance will send them on their way to locations far off. This being said means if you can stand off and reach these areas with a long cast that doesn’t disturb the area you will be in with a much better chance. The cooler conditions will also see the Barra more active during the day provided they aren’t being disturbed. Not only fishermen are put off by the cold, the ski and PWC activity is cut back as well giving more areas a bit of peace and quiet for the fish to get active. In spite of their numbers and ease of capture do not use Tilapia for bait under any circumstances any that you catch should be disposed of in a proper manner as they are a threat to all our native species. Red Claw have still been hard to catch and I am hoping the cool weather may bring some of those in deep water up into the shallows and we may see some turn up in the pots.

Erskine's Tackle Wolrd
51 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: 07 4051 6099
sales@erskinestackleworld.com.au

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