Report 13/9/19

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Report 13/9/19

Post by subeditor » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:22 pm

FISHING & DIVING AROUND TOWNSVILLE
Hi everyone it looks like the winds will drop out over the weekend with Saturday being the pick of the days at this stage. The tides do look good on the lead up to the full moon also.

Freshwater
The weirs should fish alright on the lead up to the full moon with fish likely to take surface lures during the night. Although it might sound strange to think fish in the freshwater can be influenced by tides as obviously there are none but so often the bite times mirror the same as those you would expect in the salt. Many a good session in the freshwater often comes around the changes in the tides in the salt. Yes weird but it just seems to happen like that.

Creeks, Rivers & Beaches
The tides suggest the fishing should be quite good in inshore this weekend with the Hinchinbrook Channel one of the hot spots at the moment with good fish being caught over the flats in recent weeks. Once again find the banks holding good schools of bait and there is likely to be barra and jacks not far away.
Shallow diving lures like the Jackson Snubby have been dynamite worked slowly over the flats and snake drains that are found throughout the Hinchinbrook area.
The bream continue to play the game in most of the creeks and rivers that run into Bowling Green Bay with fish around the 40cm mark being caught on fresh bait like prawns and mullet.
The Northern Beaches have been fishing ok in recent times with good flathead to be found on most of the beaches however Toomulla in particular has been fishing particularly well with good barra and jacks starting to show up in the area.
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Madison had a ball fishing the Bohle River recently catching this nice bream.
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Offshore & Bay
With one of the best weeks for offshore fishing in a long time last week saw heaps of boats head offshore and the results were varied however all reported absolute glorious conditions. Earlier in the week the fish were really fired up and there were reports of good catches of reds in particular. However as the week progressed there was a slight shift in the winds with a slight westerly resulting in the fish switching off a little. Although the reports were still good with both red throat and coral trout catches continuing they just were a little harder work with multiple moves required to get a good feed.
The Spanish mackerel reports have been a little patchy with some reporting good catches while others seem to struggle. The tides this weekend look much better and often the mackerel feel a little better around the moons. This year has been a little different to most in recent time with cool conditions continuing into spring which makes me think we might get a late run of mackerel – fingers crossed anyway.
The late afternoon tide looks ideal for chasing a few grunter in the Bay with many of the bays just inside the Cape the ideal spot to soak a bait this time of year. If the last few weeks are anything to go by there should be some nice fish to be caught as the tide pushes up into these bays. There have also been some good reports of fingermark throughout Halifax Bay and around both Maggie and the Cape. Jigging soft plastics and vibes are working well during the daylight hours while live squid or mullet are great baits after dark.
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Neo had a real fight on his hand to land this quality Giant Trevally.
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Todd on a trip to Lucinda managed to get this Gold Spot Cod to the boat.
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Dive
Visibility and favorable tides last week meant that just about every Spearo in the region got out, and from most reports every single one of them was successful in their own way. Inshore there were plenty of big Barramundi taken off the headlands and ledges along the usual spots with a good few Tuskies in among them. The reef was clean clean clean, and most divers shot good Reds and plenty of trout. It was a long time coming but well worth the wait.
Next week presents only limited opportunities with the winds due to pick up somewhat however there are still a couple of days’ worth a prospect – Just look for the clean water inshore and Barras and Fingermark won’t be too far away.
Remember if you are going out dive safe and never take more than you need.
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