Crank it up, crank it up……

Here comes the heat and with that comes the barra. It’s starting to hit the straps now with all water temps blazing in the red and the fish are responding well. The harbour flats are bonza with fish to the 75cm mark taking those little Pearl coloured Storm Swim Shads, shallow Bombers and Junior B52’s both on the spring lows and dead neaps. The neaps require the usual quiet approaches up along the mangrove line and sight casting them has been part of the game with such clear conditions.

This weekend will see the annual SWB Corroboree Challenge take place at both Corroboree and Hardys Billabongs on the Mary River system. I’d predict plenty of boats at both locations with a strike of pink clothing to boot! Reports of late have been encouraging but as we see during most comps, excessive boat activity might slow them down a little bit.

ThreadieBusters were bonza down the Daly last week……even on the bigger tides, we found a heap of fish around the Golden Mile and casting snags with these magic plastics worked a treat on the incoming. Below the S bends was too dirty…no surprise coming off the springs.

If you’re after a Jewfish, your odds are pretty damn good. The Shipping Containers off Stokes Hill Wharf held big Jew that loaded up and broke the odd rod this week. Some nice fish to 13kg were landed however….but as always with the wrecks you cant muck about with too much sportsmanship or you will lose.

Mal the Master hit The Vernons again and stumbled across some serious Whale watching! Just off the north west Vernon were a pod of whales breaching the water, some of which was caught on his IPhone. Aside from this, Mal caught GT’s, Quennies, LongTails and Goldies for the day.

Someone has turned the Crab switch off for now…..almost seem to have vanished overnight. Can’t complain too much though…I reckon this year was the best year ever??

Bring on the Barra….the big coastal fish have no excuses now. Don’t miss the boat folks…..


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