Weekly Report 15 Feb 13

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Weekly Report 15 Feb 13

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:55 pm

Some great land based fishing has still been available for those willing to put in the time and persist at certain areas. The saltwater sections of the Ross River around the bridges such as Rooney’s bridge have been turning up reasonable numbers of mangrove jacks and the odd nice size Barra. Casting sinking blades along the edges of the pylons is a great technique to get smashed by some of the jacks around. The range of Koolabung blades have been working wonders and coming in three different weights you will find that there is one that will still get to the bottom depending on the run in the tide. You want to try casting the blade out then letting sink to the bottom then hopping it back allowing the lure to vibrate throughout the retrieve attracting the attention of any hungry fish.

Anglers fishing off the northern beaches have been pleasantly surprised lately with good numbers of nice whiting being caught on fresh yabbie and prawn baits. Along the beaches the deeper gutters are prime areas to cast your bait as the deeper water will hold the fish allowing them to actively feed with ease. It always helps to use a small piece of red tubing above your hook as this attracts the whiting towards your rig. A couple of good size flathead are also getting into the action biting well on fresh yabbies. Taking home a few nice whiting and the odd flathead is definitely classed as a successful day from most anglers, it’s not always about landing the monster the smaller species like whiting can definitely make for a great days fishing.

Catching a Barra is in the minds of just about every angler at the present and for good reason with good consistent reports continuing. Fishing in the creeks has been on the improve will the smaller tides making for casting lures into the snags a bit easier. There are lots of anglers now using weedless soft plastics and their catch rates have picked up significantly as a result. Rigging your plastics weedless lets you cast where normal lures simply couldn’t go without getting snagged and you can get to the back of the snags where the fish love to hang out. The squidgy fish range are ideal for this style of fishing and there are a bunch that come pre-rigged that work well such as the Zerek and Ecooda live shrimp lures. Anglers that have been using bait in the deeper holes have been scoring reasonable numbers of blue salmon as well with some bigger fish turning up too. Fresh mullet slabs won’t last long when cast out with a few other species such as grunter, cod and the occasional mangrove jack jumping on for the ride. On the crabbing scene good numbers of crabs are getting caught when the pots have been set. Dropping your crab pots at the mouths of smaller creeks has been doing the best, you might have to do a bit of sorting through the many smaller crabs but it has been well worth it with a good amount of full bucks amongst them.

The winds have not been to kind in allowing for some offshore fishing although the inshore waters throughout the bay have been fairly consistent in producing fish lately. Bottom areas with structure such as rubble and larger rocks have been the places to focus your efforts. The shipping channel markers are always worth a look as the structure of the pylon draws plenty of bait and the larger predatory fish won’t be far away. Trolling medium diving lures is a good method to get into the action. Working soft plastics around these areas also can produce some exceptional results. Fishing around the back of magnetic island at popular areas such as orchard rocks is a great area to start as it receives plenty of current and the amount of structure is amazing. Certain areas around the rocks at different times in the tide will concentrate the bait and this is where you want to be fishing. If you can score a few good live baits they are perfect for enticing some of the bigger fish that reside in the area to bite.

Reasonable tides this weekend for a bit of snag casting in the creeks targeting some of the Barra around and trying a few weedless soft plastics will be the way to go.

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Re: Weekly Report 15 Feb 13

Post by tonyphillis » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:26 pm

Hi, Not sure who to address this to as I'm new to the site. Been up the Bohle yesterday and scored a couple of decent sized Grunter. But wwnt out around Maggie Is today with out my luck. Tried around Bay rock as the tide peaked this am and then middle reef and off the rocky point around from Nelly bay, heading towards Horseshoe bay. Not much on the chew anywhere.

Any suggestions as I'm planning to have another crack on Saturday coming 23rd Feb??

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks,

Tony P

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