Weekly Report 14 Jun 13

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Weekly Report 14 Jun 13

Post by Brad » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:53 pm

We are still getting consistent reports of whiting from the beaches with areas to the north and south of Townsville producing the goods. Saunders beach and Balgal beach have been fishing the best with anglers spread throughout the river mouths and along the sand securing good numbers of fish. Whiting have not been the only fish landed as have bream, grunter, flathead, blue salmon and the occasional flounder. The humble old stingray can have you thinking you’ve hooked the fish from hell with their screaming runs but leaving you disappointed once you see their distinctive shape, they are quite common by catch when fishing the shallows for whiting.

Many types of bait will work quite well for whiting from prawns, worms, squid although the best would have to be fresh pumped yabbies. They are quite simple to get and the effort is definitely worth the reward. Closer to town the Lakes have been turning up a few reasonable jacks for the anglers fishing on late afternoon and into the night. Using live poddy mullet and herring has been catching the bigger models when rigged on a light running sinker rig. Lures such as the D.O.A prawn and the bolt alive work great when worked slowly along the edges of the lake on which these fish patrol.

Inshore areas along the coast have been consistently productive for grunter and fingermark and in particular around spots with a good amount of structure. Jigging vibes and soft plastics is a ton of fun and gets you into the action when fishing around those structures rich areas. The estuaries have been alive with fish of late primarily the winter species such as golden trevally, grunter, black and yellow fin bream and flathead which make them great places for avid bait fishers to be spending a bit of time in. Anchoring up at spots which receive good current flow and that have reasonable bottom are ideal as most of these fish will travel with the tide along these areas feeding as they go. Setting a few nice fresh baits out and sitting out the ebb or flow of the tide will put in with a great chance to hook into a few fish. Creek and river mouths as well as junctions are ideal areas to be fishing for these species.

Well I guess it is safe to say that the mackerel season is in full swing with reports of these fast swimming fish coming from the waters of Hinchinbrook south to the patches off the Burdekin. Mackerel are a fish that can successfully caught on a wide variety of techniques, methods and rigs and when they are on the chew the keep it simple principle is the best to follow. They are a solid member of the razor gang which makes it important to use wire when chasing them as they can bite trough heavy mono with relative ease.

Good catches of mackerel have been coming from the waters around Salamander reef which is situated out a bit further from Cape Cleveland. Trolling is probably the easiest and most productive method to get into a few macks and using diving lures that swim at a reasonable speed is the way to go. Halco laser pros, Strada Trackas and the Bolt Mystique are all proven fish catchers. The first few hours of the morning has been the better bite time with some of the bigger fish getting caught while the sun is still rising.

Weather permitting heading out fishing around the inshore islands and the shoals targeting a few of the mackerel which have been around should provide plenty of action trolling a few lures is a simple method to put you in with a good chance to tangle with a few.

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