Report 12/2/16

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Report 12/2/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:46 pm

BLUEWATER
Holly Hell, How hot has it been out on the water lately. The lack of winds makes boating much safer but certainly makes it hot and when you add 80% plus humidity to that it can in it’s worst form be dangerous so if you are heading out in the calm weather be sure to hydrate with plenty of water and electrolytes. Drinking Beer won’t help in fact it will make it worse. This aside the seas were just great with plenty of you heading out for a fish. Reds both Emperor and Nannygai (large and smallmouth) have been on the bite but in deeper water than usual. I put this down to the extra hot conditions effecting the water temp on the surface. We have normally had a number of good storms which cool the water temperature down allowing the fish to feel more comfortable up shallower. At the moment I believe you should be targeting areas that are 40meters or more for a better chance of a good bag. Coral Trout are in the same boat so to speak and are also in water much deeper than you would expect at this time of the year. The lack of rain has ment the water clarity is way up and this has forced those chasing Mackerel to downsize the terminals to make them much less visible to get a few bites and catch a few fish. The Trevally,Tuna and Cobia have kept those fishing the inshore Wrecks honest. They are quite a challenge on sporting tackle when fishing for fish like Fingermark and Nannygai off the bottom.

INSHORE
Finally the Barra season is open again and plenty of effort has gone into chasing them with some mixed results. The calm conditions have seen the headlands north of Cairns a popular spot and the lack of rain means there are still quite a few of the big breeders along the coast waiting for that big flush of the rivers(that may not happen) to head up to drop their eggs. If you do happen to catch any of these big breeders please look after them and release them to breed for the future stocks around our area. It is of absolutely no benefit having the commercial netters excluded from the area if recreational anglers take all the big female breeders before they have a chance to spawn. The small amount of rain has still seen some good reports of Prawns about and with the current conditions the Salmon will be right behind them. A quick run up along the northern beaches looking for the bait should turn up a few good Salmon. With the big summer tides the Grunter should turn up out on the hospital flats. Fresh strip baits of Mullet and Garfish fished on as little weight as possible should do the trick. The new trend of Circle Hooks have been a big advantage for those anglers who have always had a hard time knowing when to strike a fish that is taking their bait. Leave the rod in the holder with a light to medium drag setting and wait till the fish has your drag singing and only then pick it up and catch the fish. Slip in to the store and ask about them. Trevally and Queenfish are about the local waterways and heaps of fun on light gear and best eaten fresh if you are eating them. See the picture of young Zack with a beauty caught at Cape Tribulation. Trolled or cast lures in most Chrome finishes used a little faster than normal to give some shine and sparkle work on both species. Baits fished around any current areas will also work and turn up a number of other species like Mangrove Jacks and Fingermark in the process. The winner of the best barra for the month is Luke Fallon with a ripper mid sized fish he caught in one of his favourite local waterways. The biggest was Noel Hoschke with an absolute giant of 129cm caught at Tinaroo.

FRESHWATER
The eastern flowing rivers have not seen as much rain as the ones flowing west off the back of the tablelands so hopefully it will come as they all need a big flush both ways. The rain has been patchy on the west side and has seen creeks and rivers coming up to near flood levels but not holding it for long and back down within hours. Good as the rain is we need it to have more body and hold those waterways up for days not hours. This is the only to get the clean out they need. The hot weather has seen some good catches at Koombooloomba dam. The Sooty Grunter have been sitting on any deep structure like rock bars and the old river bed. The rockwall just back from the Dam wall is a good place to start with some deep diving lures or sinking vibes like the new soft Pulse vibe. If you are fishing at dawn or dusk a small popper like the Strada Chaos tossed right up against the rocks should tempt any roaming fish looking for a feed. Fresh water fishing is always good after a flush so be ready.

TINAROO DAM
There are still a few catching Barramundi in spite of the unseasonal hot weather. Noel Hoschke slipped our on the water on the 1st and was rewarded with a fish of a life time at 1292mm fishing 30lb braid and a deep diving lure. Noel has been fishing more years than most of you have been alive and in some of the best Barramundi waters this country has to offer. So to catch this fish of a life time right on his door step says a lot about how good Tinaroo is as a Barramundi fishery. The rain we have had has not risen the dam level enough to spread the fish out so it is still a good time to get up there and chase them. The heat and fine weather has seen plenty of users on the water which makes that really early or really late fishing excursion much more attractive. The Barramundi won’t come up on the shallow water flats during the day with all the boating activity so if you are fishing off the bank which is a good option think a little and it will be clear that a pre dawn start when everything is as settled as it can be before the boat traffic starts is the prime time to be casting for them. Shallow swimming lures with plenty of action at slow retrieve fished right on the surface will be a good bet. Top water fizzers and poppers at night will also test your heart with some strikes right at your feet giving a weak heart some trouble. Remember we are all users of this waterway any treat all other users with respect and you will have it returned.

TIP OF THE MONTH
Tip of the month is one I have harped upon before and that is Slip, Slap, Slop. With the conditions we have been having sun protection is of the utmost importance. This was highlighted by a couple of recent incidents. The first being 4 and 6 year olds spending a couple of nights in hospital with a bout of sunburn inflicted swimming in a backyard pool without sunscreen of protective clothing. The other a fisherman collapsing on the boat ramp while retrieving his boat after a fishing trip without enough hydration. It could have been so much worse if not for some other boaters being on the scene straight away to help him. I know I talk a lot about looking after yourselves while out on the water. Sunscreen and protective clothing is of the highest importance. Even a broad brim hat is not enough as the reflection off the water can sometimes be just as hot and burning as the sun overhead. Cover up it isn’t a fashion competition and a bit of a daggy day clothes wise may stop drastic conditions later in life. The damage is generally done earlier in life to come back to get us later. Lets all enjoy our time on the water.

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