Weekly Report 30 Jun 11

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Weekly Report 30 Jun 11

Post by Brad » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:40 pm

The temperature has risen of late and inturn certain species have been on the chew. Land bases spots such as the lakes, rockwall and the weirs are turning up some nice barra, using smaller lures and soft plastics. while late afternoon surface lure fishing is providing plenty of action. The fresh water weir’s on the Ross River and in particular Dan Gleeson’s is rewarding anglers with barra up to 90cm taking lures. It is often worth casting a variety of different lures around to see what is working on the day as certain lures will surely fish better than others. The northern beaches are still entertaining fishermen with bread and butter species like bream, whiting, flathead and grunter. Fresh prawn and yabbies are baits that are working well.

The larger creek and river systems south of Townsville such as Morrissey, Haughton and the Burdekin are all fishing well with a variety of species on offer. Salmon, jacks and grunter are making up the majority of the catch with some nice barra also showing up. Using live prawn in the snags in enticing the barra and fishing the deeper holes is resulting in a bit more variety over the side. The barra have not been particularly large but it is not uncommon to hit a school and pull numerous fish from the same area as barra tend to bunch up in tight packs during the winter months. Weary fish that are hard to catch will often be fooled if you reduce your leader size as the bait with present much more natural. The crabbing is non stop at the moment with reports coming in left right and centre of nice full bucks jumping into anglers crab pots. Crabs tipping the scales over 1kg are a prize and systems like Morrissey’s and the Barrattas are well worth setting the pots in.

With the weather less than ideal fishing offshore has been limited. A few lucky anglers had the chance earlier in the week to fish the shoals of Magnetic Island with great success. Spanish mackerel in healthy numbers were smacking trolled lures and baits with fishing for only a few hours bag limits being reached. Spaniards of 5-10kg being most common, which are an ideal eating size fish. Some large trevally are stretching tackle as well when taking lures meant for mackerel which are often not and easy fish to subdue. The cooler water temperature has seen an influx of cod caught recently with fish up to 40lb showing up in relatively inshore shallow water. These fish are a challenge as once hooked they normally use their weight to snag you up and leave you winding up a slack line. Not usually targeted and mostly avoided the humble cod is a fish that is more abundant in the winter months.

No news to report due to weather but it’s worth mentioning the “North Queensland Spearfishing Titles” are on the weekend of July 9th. This competition brings spearo’s together to compete for prizes and demonstrate their hunting skills (and eat and drink plenty). A total daily bag limit of 20 reef fish now applies to keep fishing sustainable. For further information including eligible species, diving locations, rules, application form and fees, prizes up for grabs and more, go to the Townsville Skindiving Club website @ http://www.skindiving.org ( http://www.skindiving.org/ ) and contact the Dive Officer for further details.

The creeks are the ideal option this weekend with the winds blowing fresh to frightening. Live baiting at deeper holes on the low tide with prawn should see some action and hopefully bag a few different species as well. For the lure fisher try throwing some smaller lures around at productive snags for a chance of a mangrove jack or barra. Tide Times New Moon: 2nd June 2011

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