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Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

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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