Report 22/1/16

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Report 22/1/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:38 am

BLUEWATER
With the Xmas break all but over for most of us I hope those that were able took advantage of the breaks in the weather and headed out. The reports that we got were mixed reports with regards to catches. Some came home with good catches of big Reds and Emperor while others struggled. Hopefully a bit more rain will freshen it up and the range of catches will pick up so everyone that puts in the time comes away with some reward. That being said there is still numbers of Mackerel, Dolphinfish, and Tuna around to catch. This has been the best season for Dolphinfish(Mahi Mahi) that I can recall. Many fishermen and women have had the joy of catching their first this year and the average size has also been quite good. The Coral Trout that were about the shallow arear last month seem to have moved back deep for the biggest part, so fish a bit deeper if you aren’t catching. There are patches up fairly shallow but it is a bit hit and miss beating the live Trout boys to them. The local Wrecks have been producing Fingermark off the bottom and Cobia mid and top water. Many of these get released early being identified as Sharks which are in plague proportions at the moment. If you like fish with a fine flavour you may not like Cobia with their stronger flavour, but if you do like a stronger flavour or are looking for a fish to carry its taste in some exotic dish give Cobia a go. A heap more rain is required to get the cycle of life on the reef going again so lets keep our fingers crossed that we get a big wet this year or we are all in trouble.



INSHORE
Two more weeks till the Barra season opens again. We really haven’t had enough rain and there is probably big female Barramundi still out there waiting for that first big flush to drop their eggs. I mention this in the hope that you will all think about it if you catch a big fat Barra just after opening and gently release her to have a chance to drop her eggs no matter how late it is. These are the future of our Barramundi fishery which has had a flogging over these last few years due to the lack of decent wet seasons. We can’t continue to take these big breeders while the fishery is struggling as it is currently. I can’t see it but we may get a big heap of rain in the next couple of weeks to get them on the move. As with the offshore Wrecks the headlands and beep water spots have been turning up some quality Fingermark and the weapon of choice has been Soft Plastic Lures of various design and size. The same ones you are using for your Barra are fine but you may need to up the weight a bit to get to the deeper areas. The Grunter on the Hospital Flats have not fired up yet to any degree, but as everything else has been late this year look for them over the next couple of New and Fully Moon tides. There have been some Salmon which should fire up after the rain brings the Prawns on. With the Barra season opening, post a photo of you your best barra during the first 2 weeks on our facebook site for a chance to win a $200 lure pack. I will announce it in next months news letter.
FRESHWATER
With the continuing low water levels we are getting more reports of Bull Sharks and Saltwater Crocs up in fresh water areas so be much more careful even if you are in an area that you are familiar with ,thing change and these animals move. School holidays are almost over and it has been pleasing to get reports of many of you doing the hike and fish the fresh water thing. This is a most rewarding method with many side advantages. The country you can walk into is not particularly heavily fished therefore usually the fishing is better and the fish less wary. A backpack with some food and water, a small tackle tray full of your favourites and rod and reel you are set up. The only other must have is something completely waterproof to carry your Keys Wallet and Phone as there is a good chance you will get wet at some time. Good footwear is also a must as no matter where you walk you need to get back. Due to the low levels rivers and places like Koombaloomba Dam will produce fish with less water for them to hide in. As the saying goes, Do The Miles Get The Smiles.
TINAROO DAM
A new year and another chance to catch that fish of a lifetime. You just have to put in the time on the water. We have had a little rain but no where near enough to change the fishing conditions to any great extent so the fish will still be on the points and along the weed beds. Soft Plastic lures either trolled or cast have been the best producer recently. With a full moon on the 24th this is the time to be on the water. We only need a good tropical storm that drops a heap of water on the dam which raises the level and the fish will spread out and become quite a lot harder to find. While the water level is at it’s current level they are more predictable and that makes for hopefully more bites to convert to fish at the boat. The temperature is also more conducive to having a fish at night. It is normally at a comfortable level the only thing that will change that is a summer storm with a Westlie wind. Then it could get cold or for that matter very cold which is always a chance if you fish Tinaroo at any time of the year. Always take warm gear. There have also been a few reports of Red Claw being caught. This is encouraging for those who fought so hard to get the restocking back on the agenda and a big thank you to those people as this is a hugh attraction for the dam along with the Barra. Many families spend time at the dam just to catch a few good Red Claw to eat around the campfire.


TIP OF THE MONTH
Time to make that final effort to get your Barra fishing gear and boating safety gear up to scratch. Some new line, sharp hooks and reels serviced and we are off to a good start. The one thing I see many miss is the guides on that rod that has been sitting in the corner for 3 months during the closure. Check each and every ring for rust and cracks. It only takes one to completely destroy your line as it runs over it. Try running a cotton bud around each ring including the tip. Any micro chip or crack that may be missed by the naked eye will pick up on the cotton on the bud tip. This requires replacement before the season gets going so you are the first to take a barra from your secret spot on opening day.

The Fisheries and Boating Patrol have been checking safety gear and storage on fishing boats. All your life Jackets have to be in good working condition with no fraying of the ties. Just remember it could be your life that it used to save in an emergency so you are only fooling yourself not having them all in prime condition. AS skipper of the vessel it is up to you to ensure that everyone on board knows where all the safety gear is stowed and how to use it. We all hope that you all have safe boating and fishing always. Let’s keep 2016 safe and enjoyable on the water for all.

Erskine's Tackle Wolrd
51 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: 07 4051 6099
sales@erskinestackleworld.com.au
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