Weekly Report 17 Nov 11

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Weekly Report 17 Nov 11

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:42 pm

Because of the good weather, a lot of the reef fishermen have been venturing out from Bundaberg lately. Reports of red emperor, coral trout, hussar and sweetlip have been coming in. Spanish mackerel seem to be hanging around the outer reefs off Bundaberg, such as the Five Degree Patch, Thirty Degree Patch and the Fifteen Mile. In closer, a few schoolie mackerel have been caught on the Two Mile, but these fish are patchy.

For our reef fishermen, keep in mind the reef closures will start on the 22nd November and go through to the 26th November. This prohibits the taking of coral reef fin fish during this period. This is the last coral reef fin fish closure for this year. Also the government has decided to lift the requirement for recreational fishers to remove the pectoral fin from coral reef fin fish and Spanish mackerel as from the 11th November, following changes to Queensland fishing rules. Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace said there has been a rule in place to help prevent illegal marketing of coral reef fin fish and Spanish mackerel. “The requirement for recreational fishers to remove the pectoral fin was no longer considered necessary, “ Mr Wallace said.

Meanwhile, large numbers of flathead have been caught at the mouths of our local estuaries. Also, with the rising water temperatures, there are a lot of mangrove jack being caught. Baffle Creek and the Burnett River have been producing the most catches of the jacks. When venturing out don't forget to take the crab pots along as the crabs are on the move. Barramundi are also being caught throughout most of the local river systems, but since we are in the middle of a closed barra season, all these fish must be released. The closure is from midday on 1st November and midday on the 1st February each year and it is illegal to even target barra for catch and release in salt water during the closure.

Lake Monduran is starting to finally pick up with reports of a lot of smaller barra around the 60cm mark being captured. During the current barra closure, you are allowed to take one legal barramundi out of Monduran.

Lake Gregory is producing a lot of bass around the 40cm mark. Early morning or late afternoon using surface lures are producing the bigger fish.
Till next time, Gary Leather

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