LAND- BASED anglers reaped huge rewards when they fished local hot spots during the significantly cooler morning periods of last week.
Barras were caught and released when anglers cast their lures from the western breakwater while flathead were welcomed when they fell to baits fished in shallow waters in the corner of the duck pond.
Those choosing to rock- hop their way around Kissing Point claimed mixed bags of cod, trevally and an occasional blue or Cooktown salmon, a combination of baits and paddle- tail soft plastic lures getting the job done.
Yabby baits cast into the mouth of Pallarenda’s Three Mile Creek fooled a selection of mostly small fish for Abraham Cassidy although a lonely legal size bream of 32cm was deemed a surprise catch and tasty dinner for the young man.
A Townsville Bulletin journalist told of a fingermark or golden snapper he caught during a recent morning high tide while fishing from Cape Pallarenda rocks.
He said it was just one of several hooked during a short but torrid bite, live garfish the fingermark’s undoing.
The journo also told of another angler landing a near metre- long queenfish at the same spot while also releasing an accidentally hooked barramundi of about 80cm long.
And barra are almost an exclusive catch when anglers cast their lures within any of Ross River’s three weirs.
Anglers possessing a Stocked Impoundment Permit or SIP are claiming spectacular land- based catches when, under the cover of darkness, they cast topwater or surface lures to draw heart- stopping strikes from big barras.
Fish to a metre long seem commonplace captures for dedicated anglers who also occasionally claim fat fish well over the magic metre mark.
Be aware though, that not only is it fraught with obvious danger to be fishing from the weir walls during the darkest hours, it is illegal to do so.
Anglers keen on doing the weir thing after dark – when the barras bite best – might do best to scope out a prospective possie during the day, taking into account the need to land a big fish if hooked.
There’s plenty of weed and debris to get tangled in if you fall into the drink during the night and there’s not a fish that swims that is worth risking your life for.
Meanwhile, mangrove jack are proving hungry in almost all local creek and river systems, the popular estuary table fish proving ravenous during the last of the heatwave early this week.
Mt Low man Craig Allen and mate Tane Hutana claimed they were catching them two at a time when they fished a favourite creek south of Townsville.
“Super- hot day on the water… we nearly passed out,” Allen said while describing the pair’s jack haul.
“Lost count in the end. Used lures and livies,” he told his friends on social media.
Big on mangrove jack
STEPHEN Bradley said he and partner Helen Tremble fished several spots around the Townsville harbour and local marinas for a great catch of mangrove jack during the evening hours last weekend.
Both used fillet baits of mullet and garfish to entice savage strikes from fish living close to pontoons, the most productive those with well- lit vessels at berth.
Bradley said he might have caught more jacks than his partner claiming his five fish bag limit, but he was astonished when Tremble dragged a thumping 57cm mangrove jack on to the pontoon.
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