Report 5/4/19

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Report 5/4/19

Post by subeditor » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:03 pm

Hi everyone it looks like the winds might drop out over the weekend but there is a change on its way and with a few storms around it would be well worth checking the latest forecast before heading offshore.

Freshwater, Creeks, Rivers & Beaches
The fishing around Townsville continues to improve with some nice barra willing to take both live baits and lures. Slowly worked paddle tail soft plastics have been producing plenty of action in recent weeks. Grunters are also on the increase with some nice fish being caught in recent days with fresh prawn and slab baits doing the trick.
The Hinchinbrook area is fishing particularly well with many reports of good catches of barra, jacks and grunter but one thing to consider is the areas you are targeting in such a large system. In recent days the southern end is fishing well for jacks and grunter but the barra don’t seem to be playing the game. However the guys fishing the northern end of the channel are reporting the barra as being very active. The Hinchinbrook channel is an amazing place and this is just a perfect example of this.
This time of year the mud flats and drains are the prime stops to cast a lure or well weighted soft plastic with plenty of barra often found in these areas feeding this time of year.
On the crabbing front most of the buck crabs seem to be a little on the soft side at the moment but should be nice a full just before Easter which is great timing. There have been heaps of female crabs in the pots of late so there is quite a lot of sorting through them to find a decent take home crab.
Deanne Guerra and daughter Ellie (below) had a great day out on the water with Deanne catching this impressive barra.
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Morgo has been at it again fishing the Bohle landing this barra on a recent trip.
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Ellie getting into the action with this Bream.
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Offshore & Bay
Offshore the fishing has been a little hit and miss with some reporting good catches of coral trout and lippers while others have been struggling. But there is one thing that seems to be quite consistent and that is the reds with plenty of quality large-mouth nannygai to be found in many of the shoals.
Closer inshore the Fingermark are the fish to be targeting with good number around the shipping pylons and many of the regular spots like Cape Cleveland and the back of Maggie.

Patience!!! That’s the secret when diving in dirty water, maximizing your bottom time and feeling relaxed. After a recent dive in the local bay we had to use every trick in the book to get a feed, although there are plenty of Fingermark about there is still a bit of dirty water in-between making the coastal conditions less than ideal. During this trip we had the most success when diving down and simply holding onto the bottom and wait for the fish to come to us rather than hitting the bottom and going searching for them. Coastal diving (epically off Townsville) can be extremely challenging, but the rewards are certainly worth the effort. Certainly, there have been big fingermark shot in the last week for the coastal savvy diver, along with some impressive Bar-Cheek Trout. Most divers however opted for the reef which reported good visibility and good numbers of Spanish Mack’s off the edges. The use of a flasher and burley can greatly enhance your changes attracting and shooting a SM.
As always, if you are out and about, dive safe and never take more than you need. Cheers all,

Danny & the Tackle World Team
Tackle World Townsville (07 4725 1266)
Domain Central, Townsville, QLD 4814

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