Weekly Report 20 Apr 12

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Weekly Report 20 Apr 12

Post by Brad » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:21 pm

LAND BASED
After a few days off and some good conditions top catches were reported from local hot spots. The weirs on the Ross River have been fishing well for barramundi and anglers fishing on dusk and into the night have had the most success. Lures such as the slow sinking Bolt Alives are producing the goods when worked nice and slow. These larger freshwater barra are not great eating and best released to catch another day. The lakes have been entertaining anglers with plenty of smaller rat barra getting caught on small minnow style lures. Smaller barra around the 60cm mark are great fun on lighter gear and good practice for younger kids for when a bigger fish is caught. The smaller Strada minnows around the 70mm size are great to be casting around the Lakes chasing these fish and there is also a chance of hooking a nice mangrove jack or flathead. A spin reel spooled with a light braided line is ideal as it will allow for easy casting of the lighter lures.

INSHORE
Barra have been the go-to fish for many anglers recently as reasonable catches have been reported from the creeks. With the bigger tides recently, the high tide can be a harder time to fish and as it starts to drop the fish have been firing up. Targeting smaller creeks and drain mouths are proving productive spots. Try using a shallow diving lure and something with a slow float as working it down through the strike zone and imparting a pause twitch action should entice the fish to strike. North of Townsville the Hinchinbrook channel there has been producing good catches of fingermark in the deeper areas also plenty of trevally and queenfish working around the sand bars at the creek mouths. For the fingermark dropping live herring down is almost irresistible on a dropper rig and the strikes will generally come after the bait has been down there for a while. If you are after some good honest fun try rigging up a couple of poppers and slices and target schools of trevally and queenfish. These are great fun and it’s not uncommon for every lure in the water to be onto a fish.

OFFSHORE & BAY
When the weather has calmed the bay and shoals have been alive with baitfish and predators. This makes it a massive smorgasbord for pelagic fish such as tuna and mackerel which can be seen busting the surface attacking the many bait schools. Target these fish by casting metal slices and the Shimano Wax Wing lures work great as well. Trolling larger lures gives you a chance of hooking up to any big mackerel swimming around which is another successful technique. The bottom fishing has been top shelf recently with large mouth nannygai being the majority of the catch along with some trophy red emperor. Fishing the deeper shoaly ground has been the successful area and drifting is picking up nice fish as more ground is being covered. In the shallower water coral trout have been the more common fish and slab baits work fine when chasing a few trout. Jigs can be highly effective also and a jig of around 70g with an assist hook will produce nice fish when bait won’t at times.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
Weather permitting this weekend should be great for a trip to the reef and shoals chasing a few pelagics whilst after a few tasty reef fish. Alternatively a day up the creek targeting a nice barra is a top idea.

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