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Fishing report – Dec 2020

Prime time for jack attack

What a season Awoonga is turning on - it’s on fire! Anglers from all over the country are chomping at the bit for a piece of the action.

As always, the build up to the moon is where many anglers have had their joy. Fish over the metre mark are becoming common captures, especially after dark with plenty of healthy 90cm+ to keep everyone entertained. Most of the larger fish have been falling to slow rolled 5-8” paddle tail soft plastics. However, I wouldn’t be shy of throwing a swimbait style lure, such as the Barambah Bony shad or the Zerek Live mullet, particularly when the fish are high in the water column. 

I know a few guys doing the early morning topwater bite as well and, boy, are they having some fun! These fish have mostly been around the 60-80cm mark, but any fish taken on topwater is a win in my books. There is just something about barramundi on surface that has you always wanting more.

ESTUARIES 

Barra are off focus for closed season, but CQ still has plenty on offer for the summer months.
Healthy numbers of grunter continue to be showing up through the South Trees and The Narrows systems with some absolute crackers up over the 70cm mark. As I have mentioned in previous report, grunter often like a making tide where they can forage for food such as mullet, herring, crabs and prawn.

Mangrove jack have really started to fire up with the hot days. If you’re not keen to battle the heat, then fish early morning and late afternoon. This time of year is your best shot, as they often become harder to catch once we start to get rain and freshwater in the systems.
Talking of rain, some quality crabs have started to move to keep and eye out for them on the run into Christmas, especially if we see some rain. That small amount we did get saw some prawns getting about, which in turn often fires up the fishing.

OFFSHORE

Offshore fishing has also been rewarding for the people who have had the chance; unfortunately opportunities have bene few and far between.

From those getting out there has been some beautiful red throat emperor and coral trout along with some beautiful big red emperor.

Even the close in spots seemed to have had rest. Speaking to a few people that have fished rock cod and it has produced red throat and large tuskies. Also make sure if you’re heading wide you have squid jigs packed as the reports from the last few patches of weather are that there is plenty around. What a year 2020 has been we hope everyone has a great Christmas break filled with many fun times out on the water enjoying the festive period with family and friends. Stay safe and Merry Christmas. 

For all the latest info on what's biting and where, drop into Pat's Tackle World or give them a call. The team have their finger to the pulse to what is happening in the area, and are sure to point you in the right direction.

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