Report Thur 14th Dec 06

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Report Thur 14th Dec 06

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:17 am

14/12/06
BARRAMUNDI CLOSED SEASON
Throughout the Queensland east coast a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February, except in and from waterways upstream of Awoonga, Burdekin Falls, Callide, Eungella, Fairbairn, Fred Haigh (Lake Monduran), Kinchant, Koombooloomba, Lenthalls, Peter Faust, Teemburra, Tinaroo and Wuruma dams.
A take and possession limit of one barramundi applies during the closed season in all of the lakes and dams mentioned above. The barramundi may be greater than 120 cm. Recreational fishers may continue to fish in these dams and lakes once they have reached their limit of one barramundi.
Outside of the closed season, in the dams and lakes mentioned above a take and possession limit of five applies to barramundi that may include one barramundi greater than 120 cm
DPI and Fisheries have informed Tackleworld Hervey Bay that they are cracking down on this barramundi closure this year. On the spot fines will apply and will be enforced.

If you see any suspicious activity please contact DPI on 4125 3989 or let us know here at Tackleworld.
SPAWNING CLOSURES AHEAD.
Coral reef fin fish are off limits to fishers for three nine-day periods in October to December 2006.
The annual spawning season closures for coral reef fin fish run from October 16 to October 24, November 14 to November 22 and December 14 to December 22, 2006 - coinciding with the new moons.
DPI&F reminds recreational and commercial fishers to steer clear of reef fin fish north of Waddy Point on Fraser Island during the closures. The closures apply to all waters on Queensland's east coast north of a line of latitude 24 degrees 50 minuted south (near the mouth of the Burnett River and Fraser's Waddy Point).
Charter boat operators, recreational anglers and commercial fishers should be aware of these dates to be able to plan ahead.
Anglers are reminded that the closures only apply to those who are fishing for coral reef fin fish and not to fishers taking Spanish mackerel or other fish species.
Coral reef fin fish include coral trout, cods and gropers, emperors, parrotfishes, sweetlips, tropical snappers and sea perches, among others. A complete list of coral reef fin fish and Queensland's fishing regulations can be found on the DPI&F website or obtained from the DPI&F Business Information Centre on 13 25 23.

HERVEY BAY
Well the weather has actually been behaving itself and fishos have been out in droves. Although there is one slight drawback. The water is absolutely crystal clear at the moment so the majority of fish caught are done so late afternoon and at night.

Round Island, around the rocks, has been producing reef fish in numbers. Good sized blackall are getting caught as well as the odd grass sweetlip. The bigger grassies are around the Channel Hole - again at night.

The weed is hanging around the beaches making it uncomfortable for whiting fishing, although there are a few clearer spots around Toogoom and Shelley Beach to catch a few summer whiting.

The pier is the place to be for a feed of mackerel at the moment. Both broad barred and schoolie mackerel are getting caught. Mack tuna and trevally are hanging around, for those of you after a bit of fun as well.

The crabs are still on in the Burrum, with mangrove jack as well in the upper reaches heading into the Gregory.

FRASER ISLAND
C/- Fraser Beachfront Holidays at Pyungan Rocks Ph: 4127 9440
The weed is starting to clear along the surf beaches and a few sand whiting, flathead and tailor have been caught between Happy Valley and Dundubara.
Travelling on the low tide along the eastern beaches is recommended.

Chris Jabs

Tackle World Hervey Bay - Ph 07 41281022
fishco@bigpond.net.au

GATAKERS LANDING BOAT RAMP

At the latest meeting of the Hervey Bay City Council (Wednesday 13th Dec) a motion was passed to enter into a joint activity with Queensland Transport & Sunfish Hervey Bay to plan for the construction of a new public boat ramp at Gatakers
Landing, Point Vernon.

The proposed ramp will have two lanes launching into the existing channel. Construction of the ramp and maintenance of the channel will be funded by Queensland Transport. Hervey Bay City Council will provide upgraded trailer parking, beautification of the area, drainage and cleaning of the ramp. Sunfish Hervey Bay will source additional funding from the Federal Government for fish cleaning, lighting and other on shore facilities. It is anticipated that construction will commence in the 2007/8 financial year.

This is the culmination of years of work by Sunfish Hervey Bay, with outstanding effort and commitment by its secretary Martin Bellert and Dr Alan Bray in the research, development, planning and establishing communications between the
participants.

John Greig

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