Fishing Report 1st of November 2011

Firstly this week we have to make mention of the annual barramundi spawning closure which commenced at midday on 1st November 2011 and will continue until midday on 1st February 2012. If you catch a barra during this time it must be released, or you will be hit with a big fine, so it is just not worth taking the risk. We should see a great barra spawn this year during the closure as there is still a good number of barra in the local rivers.

Now, the offshore fishing. This has been off limits due to a Coral Reef Finfish closure, but is now open again. So, the next patch of good weather should see us back out to the reefs.

The local rivers are still producing some great fishing, with whiting being the most talked-about species. The biggest whiting reported was a cracker at 44cm, which took a worm bait. Most of the rivers are producing some great catches of whiting, mainly on the afternoon tides.

There is also still a good number of bream and flathead about. Some of the deeper holes in the rivers are also producing some big grunter, cod, jack and the odd salmon. Live sprats or prawns are the favourites.

Lake Monduran is starting to pick up with some good catches of barra being reported. Most of the barra are only small, to about 65cm, but are a heap of fun to catch. Some anglers are catching up to ten rats a session, so this could be your next option when the weather turns bad.

Till next time,

Tim Mulhall