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Weipa Fishing Report, February, 2006.

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Weipa Fishing Report, February, 2006.

Postby Capt Craig Jenkins » Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:53 pm

Weipa Fishing Report

February, 2006

Barramundi, Queenfish & Fingermark where on the bite during February, we had missed out on the wet season rain for the month and it seamed like the fish where taking advantage of the great weather!

February is normally known as the wettest time of the year here in Weipa. Not this year however the only rain we received was with passing storms, we had missed out on the badly needed rain for the month. Great sunny days, low southeast to northeast winds.

On the beach, jelly prawns are making their migration along the beaches and up into the rivers. Jelly prawns attacted a lot of attention, as there are not many spieces that don’t love to feed on these tiny prawns. Giant Manta Rays feast on the schools of prawns a few hundred metres off shore, they put on quite a show while herding the prawns into ever tighten schools, then with mouth open wide swim through the prawn soup filtering the water with their gills.
Schools of Barramundi, Blue Salmon, Queenfish & Giant Herring would terrorize the prawns schools once they hit the shoreline. A fly rod is the perfect tool to target these fish, however so called matching the hatch is not easy, the prawns are only 2.5 cm or 1 inch in length and almost invisible with two tiny black dots for eyes and two minute red wishers. A small all white clouses is a good substitute and will work most of time. The best method is to get the fly in front of the fish, the more times the fish sees your fly the better chance of a take. This is not an easy task when the fish are in a feeding frenzy, they are swimming fast, constantly changing direction and surrounded by their favorite food. The jelly prawns are great and will come in waves over the next few months.
There is a dark cloud that follows this silver lining and that’s the box jellyfish. The Boxy as it’s locally known, is with out a doubt the most deadliest sea creacher that graces our shores. Their almost transparent box shaped heads trails about 16 tentacles, covered in millions of stinging cells. The jellyfish range in size up to head of 20 centimeters across which is the biggest I have seen in our waters. A jellyfish this size would have no problems killing an adult. It’s not the time for wading and in some places along the beaches the jelly fish where so numerous it would be impossible to cast with-out your line landing on one, needless to say the fish where pretty safe in these areas. The good thing is they are only around for a short time and will be gone by the end of March the start of my guiding season.

I managed to get out to the reef twice during the month, to do some jigging. We found a few good schools of Fingermark, they where eager to eat the 1 ounce lead head jigs, tied with white fire tail a few strands of flashabou on a 5/0 hook. I like to use my 6-12 lb imx G.loomis, 203a Daiwa millionaire reel with 14lb fire line, a typical Barramundi out-fit. We found one patch of reef where we jigged up 18 fish ranging in size up to 8 lbs in a session.
On both days we came across schools of feeding Queenfish casting slightly smaller jigs into the feed frenzy connected us up to 6 to 8 lb fish. Queenfish surface feeding like this are great to take on fly, small surf candies match the hardy heads baitfish well. Queenfish can even be taken by letting the fly slowly sink like a dead baitfish.
I am looking forward to the huge bait balls that will be coming in to the bay during March, April & May. Queenfish, Tuna, Mackerel, Cobia & Trevally are a few of the spieces that will wreak havoc on the bait schools. Stay tuned for all up and coming action that.
I’ll keep you posted”.

River fishing:
Casting hard body lures up on the shallow mangrove flats worked well for barramundi, an hour each side of the high tide was the most productive. Using buoyant shallow diving lures are best, cast up against the mangrove letting the lure settle on the water for a few seconds before starting your retrieve, giving the Barramundi time to scene the lure. Being an ambush feeder Barramundi will sneak up behind the lure and when it moves it’s inhaled. Another good method it to let the lure float up to the surface between twitches. When the lure is twitched use a sharp 6-inch motion this will make a small splash on the surface before diving and then wind up the slack while the lure floats up to the surface again then repeat. By adjusting you lure bib by heating and increasing the angle of the bib to almost 90 degrees to the lure you can use this method to make the lure pop on the surface “a real Boof-bait”.

Sea ya in the “Strikezone”

Craig Jenkins.
"Good Fishing"

Craig Jenkins
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