Weekly Report 8 Dec 11

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Weekly Report 8 Dec 11

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:22 am

Some nice conditions recently were rewarding for land based fisho’s particularly when fishing around the headlands. There were some nice trevally taking soft plastics and as they are a schooling fish often healthy numbers have been landed throughout a mornings fishing. Clear waters around the rocks in the morning have drawn species such as smaller fingermark and mangrove jacks in closer and using deep diving minnows that have a slow float have been proving the more productive style of lure. The Duel Hardcore Shad is an ideal lure for these conditions in natural colours. After the recent afternoon rain the Lakes have been fishing well with tarpon, jacks and some good size giant herring being caught. Concentrate your efforts around sunset and the change of tide for more bites. Smaller shallow diving minnows cast and retrieved are working well and the Yo-Zuri Pinn’s Minnow is a favourite.

The many creeks and rivers surrounding Townsville have turned up good fish of late with grunter a common occurrence throughout the reports. They are getting landed on both lures and bait and the lure claiming their fair share is the favourite Koolabung blade in the 7g and 14g sizes. Casting lures into the snags is also snaring some good jacks with the average size being just over 40cm. Generally using lures with a red colouration seem to work better for mangrove jacks with the strikes normally hard and fast. A few arm stretching cod have been tormenting lure casters of late and they are a real handful when hooked up to tight in the timber. On the crabbing scene some good bucks are still getting caught with pots set in gutters and alongside deeper mangrove banks securing the better numbers. As always using fresh bait proves for better crabbing and fresh fish frames are ideal.

Steady reports of fingermark in the bay are filtering in with the anglers putting more time on the pitch getting the better results. Soft plastics and live baits are both working wonders although using lures allows you to cover more ground when you are drifting. Anglers headed out in the morning while the winds have been calmer have experienced some healthy coral trout fishing with good numbers being caught well before midday. Dropping down slab baits haven’t lasted long with some thumper red throat emperor getting caught also. Out in the deeper water using big baits has accounted for a few hefty red emperor and large mouth nannygai with the nannygai being more common. Nannygai are an excellent fish and only taking what you need and practicing successful release techniques will ensure great fishing for years to come. Complying with bag and size limits is vital as when they are on the chew and fish are getting pulled in left right and centre an accurate count often gets forgotten. Large and smallmouth nannygai have a minimum size limit of 40cm and a combined bag limit of 9.

If the weather permits heading out after a few inshore early morning coral trout and targeting a few reds should prove entertaining. Another great option would be chasing the many grunters in the creeks and heading towards the mouths and fishing the run of the tide. Tide Times Full Moon: Sunday 11th December 2011

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