Weekly Report 5 Mar 10

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Weekly Report 5 Mar 10

Post by Brad » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:39 pm

LAND BASED
The last bit of rain saw all three weirs flowing hard once again. The fishing has been good too with good size barra averaging 90cm caught on hard bodies and soft plastics cast near the base of the walls. Best results have come from those casting squidgy slick rigs and who concentrate their fishing around sunrise and sunset. The pick of the weirs has been Blacks weir but with the amount of water flowing over the weir, it’s hard to find a free spot to wet a line. The lakes are teeming with tarpon at the moment, and some monster mangrove jacks have been caught particularly on live baits. There are plenty of smaller jacks and barras taking lures and soft plastics with bigger fish falling to live baits. Lowths Bridge has produced some good barra and jacks of late with live mullet of all sizes getting plenty of attention.

INSHORE
The good crabbing has continued with the Bohle, Haughton and the Cleveland bay flats all producing the goods. At last I’ve finally heard of some consistent reports of prawns coming from the Bohle and also Ross River, with the prawn’s perfect size for live bait and also big enough for a feed. Plenty of big barra still coming from the Bohle this week with live mullet still the only way to go to secure a good feed. The Haughton is in full flow again with plenty of fresh water coming from the wetlands upstream that are full from recent rain. Even with the fresh influence in the system there has been a few trolling lures with success and landing plenty of jacks and barra. From reports the activity has been red hot at the moment with
plenty of strikes coming from down deep. I’ve had a reliable report on the conditions up in the Hinchinbrook, and the water has started to clear up. There has been large numbers of jacks spotted cruising the mangrove edges but very timid to hit lures. Lure enthusiasts have found that most of the 09 snags have still got a few barra holding on them, and with sunny conditions ahead it should only improve.

OFFSHORE & BAY
I know there are a few boats out as we speak but we are yet to hear of any reports from them. Seabreeze suggests that we could be looking at a solid week of good reef weather and no doubt many venturing past inshore reefs towards greener pastures. It would be interesting to see what the reports will be over the next few days. I’ve heard that there may be a connection between the recent earthquakes and the quality of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. The theory suggests that the fishing may shut down, but with the amount of time passed since the last shake things should be back to normal.

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND
Excellent tides and equally good weather should see many heading to inshore shoals and reefs. But its also favourable tides for chasing estuary species and with the recent rain and sun out, the fish should be biting their heads off. Creeks like the Bohle and Haughton should produce going off recent reports, and the shoals should be alive with bait from the recent rain. Fingers crossed for an early mackerel season.

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