Report 16/10/15

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Report 16/10/15

Post by subeditor » Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:41 pm

BLUEWATER
The wind continues to follow this year’s pattern and been blowing like nobody’s business. The week of respite during this period was a welcome relief for those that took advantage. The Black Marlin season got off to a fairly slow start but reports the fish were wide with the Tuna gave some hope for a late run. The strong winds of the last couple of weeks seem to have brought them in. One old timer told me he believed they surfed in on the large swells of the first strong wind warning of the season and this could well be true by the recent results. It will be interesting to see the results of the tournaments being held at the moment. Lizard Island Tournament, Mission Beach Light Tackle Tournament, and the Troppo’s Vets and Kids Fishing comp are 3 very different kinds of comp so results will be very interesting. Hopefully Lizard Island tournament will show up good numbers of the giant Black Marlin that we expect at this time of the year. Strong winds and fairly rough seas will make fishing a challenge but if the fish turn up that will soon be forgotten. Likewise for the other tournaments. Tough fishing make the rewards much more welcome when they come along. So best of luck to all those fishing and stay safe. The wind has ment that not many small boats have ventured out except for the few good days a couple of weeks ago. Fishing during that time was patchy with some coming home with full esky’s and some empty. We need quite a bit more calm weather for the seas to settle down and then hopefully the fish will be very hunger and catch rates will go right up, so be prepared to go whenever it settles.



INSHORE
Again the winds have been a pain in the backside but at least there is always somewhere to hide. The weather hasn’t got very hot yet but the water temperature has started to slowly creep up getting some of our Summer species interested. Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks and Grunter are showing up. While not in huge numbers the sizes have been quite good and a promising sign for the summer season. Large tides over the moon will see the Grunter fishermen out on the Hospital Flats especially if the high tide happens early morning or for that matter evening. Strip Mullet or Garfish are my preferred baits followed by fresh Prawns and Sardines. Fish a sinker as light as you possibly can as the Grunter and other species like the various Salmon’s, Barramundi, Trevally, and Queenfish that frequent the flats are fairly picky and sensitive to any extra resistance when they take the bait. Shallow lures fished in front of a drifting boat will also attract some attention. Poppers and Slug lures fished fast across the surface around Headlands or any activity from bait schools are also a heart stopping method to chase Pelagic’s. Mackerel are still about for those who want to put in the effort. With the weather conditions inshore areas like Cape Grafton, Kings Point or Fitzroy Island will be the most popular with small boaters. Mangrove Jacks, Bream and Grunter have also been showing up in deeper water around any structure being hit by tidal current. Baits or lures which ever suits you.


FRESHWATER
Even with the bit of rain we have had the fresh water areas have not changed too much. We need a heap of monsoonal rain to get them up and pumping all the rubbish away to give the rivers a fresh start. A trip into the fresh last weekend battling the strong winds and wrong stage of the moon saw a very poor return in terms of fish but just being on the water is reward in itself. The beauty of the freshwater reaches of our local rivers is world class but we sometimes don’t notice so next time you are up the rivers take some time to look around. Sooty Grunter and Jungle Perch that are in the rivers are mostly in the deeper sections and the constant wind has them keeping their heads down. Strada Shudder type lures that sink quickly and make plenty of noise have been good for me recently. Instinct Twitch Blades also fall into this category but with much less noise. The vibration sent out by these lures really can turn them on in the deep water. The opposite can happen in shallow areas with the fish being much more alert and the loud noise and vibration of this type lure will chase them into deep water and off the bite. As Summer comes along be sure to check out the new NAMAZEMI cicada lure which will be great in the shallows in low light situations.


TINAROO DAM
The weather has kept Tinaroo quiet as well and weather that is keeping the fish off the bite or the fishermen at home so reports are very scarce. This will only get better as it warms up for both reasons. Firstly the fish will become much more active and so will the fishermen. This will give us a much better idea of what is happening. The warmer weather will have the ski boats and PWC’s out in force so avoid the areas they frequent for everyone’s benefit. The fish will also shy away from these areas into much quieter and fishable locations. The best report I have had this month was a grey nomad catching good numbers of Red Claw in some of the deeper areas. This is the first numbers I have heard of for a while and a big wet will hopefully have them breed to build up stocks to a level where they are worth chasing. I am however worried that the population of Tilapia may not let this happen by cleaning up the fry before they get a chance to grow. A big wet that inundates large areas of grass giving them some protection would be a big help.


TIP OF THE MONTH
Last month’s tip to get out fishing because September is a great month was literally blown away by the constant winds. So this month I am going to stay away from the weather and suggest that any of you out there who haven’t tried soft plastic lures should. The advancement of styles and materials has meant they are much easier and more productive than previous. There is a pre-rigged soft plastic lure to suit most situations that you will encounter these days. So if you haven’t yet tried them get into the store and talk to the staff and let them know where you intend to fish and they can sort a lure for that application and fish so you can give it a go. There are some things that you can do with soft plastics that are almost impossible with hard bodies. Many can be rigged weedless that allow you to fish them right back in the snags or weeds without snagging up. This may be where the fish are and the only chance to get them to bite. The hookup rate may not be as good but when you are getting many times more strikes the numbers are in your favour. Just give them a go...

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