Report 18/4/19

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Report 18/4/19

Post by subeditor » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:24 am

Hi everyone hope you get a chance to wet a line over the Easter Break at this stage it looks like being too rough over the weekend to get offshore so most of the fishing will be confined to the creeks and rivers.
Hope we get a break in the weather soon for all those offshore anglers keen to get offshore.

The weirs have stopped flowing so many of the barras will start to scatter out once again and it will be back to fishing for them before the big wet. Surface lures at night are a great way to entice a bite from these fish. The traditional slowly worked paddle tail soft plastics are also often rewarded with nice fish in the weirs. Remember if you are fishing the freshwater sections of the Ross River you need a SIPs permit.
Young Billy had a ball landing his first ever barra which was released after the photo, great start mate.
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Creeks, Rivers & Beaches
Over the weekend the tides will have a lot of run in them and the crabs should be on the move so it will be well worth putting a few pots in. The other tasty crustacean and probably my favourite the prawn should also be around in good numbers around the full moon. On the fishing front the last few hours of the out-going tide look good for chasing a few barra with big tides this will allow the water to drop out of the mangroves. The creek mouths and drains will be good places to concentrate as the tide drops off the flats. Both lures and live baits have been catching their fair share in recent days.
There have also been some good reports of grunter in many of the creeks around the Burdekin with fish up around the 50cm willing to take well-presented baits with large prawns and mullet strips working best. Look for a bit of back water with such big tides it is very important that you get your baits to the bottom.
Darren and his daughter Olivia landed a bunch of barra like this one on a recent trip to one of the local creeks.
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Offshore & Bay
Once again and again the record player is on repeat - Offshore fishing out of the question this long weekend with strong winds forecast. It is almost as if we are already in the traditional winter pattern with calm conditions very early morning with winds picking up around 8-9am. So if you are looking to sneak over to the Island and get out of the wind it is best to get out early. This also applies to all heading over to huts at Cape Cleveland and Cape Upstart.
Peter managed this get this monster fingermark on board after it took a soft vibe.
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Once again don’t really have much to report on the dive front with strong winds for most of the week there hasn’t been much to report. As always, if you are out and about, dive safe and never take more than you need.

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