Weekly Report 20 Jun 10

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Weekly Report 20 Jun 10

Post by Brad » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:55 pm

Well what a crap week weather wise - we have just had rain and cold westerlys. Not exactly what the doctor ordered but we take the good with the bad, so you will have to read about some stories from weeks gone by. The Boyne Tannum Hookup was on last Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the weather was pretty ordinary but the die hards still had a fish. In rough conditions best fish we heard was Peter Sheriff's 32kg Spano that's a good fish but I expect not his biggest he does specialise in these big boys, some good black jew as well and plenty of happy campers all round a great time was had by all. Well done to all the people who run that event, its not easy to keep everybody happy but they do a mighty job. Our weather is better today being Thursday and Friday. Saturday may be ok but looks like the rot may set in on Sunday check your local weather sites and get current observations not what they thought it was going to do!! I will have some more info on the Pumpkin Island weather station which I believe is up and running again next week. Stay tuned.

We have had no reports from the dam but I can be pretty confident that with cold rainy week we have just had that is fishing a bit tough. Very tough at the moment but that will be the same throughout the winter so unless things warm up and that's not going to happen, keep on casting and fish the middle of the day in the shallows or put the sounder to good use and find some warmer water that's your best chance.

Cania dam has been doing it a bit tough lately. After the good rains a while back the level rose to about as high as I've ever seen it and it looked just absolutely beautiful. You could go up to the timber and keep going a long long way and it's pretty all the way. The worrying thing about having big influxes of water is the threat of the dam rolling. This is when the bad water down the bottom changes places with the good water on the top and eats all the oxygen hence anything in the way dies. Unfortunately there have been two fish kills since the Family Fishing Comp back in March. The second was only last month and the dam is still recovering. The fishing has been really quiet. The odd fish is being caught but way up in the timber where maybe there is a bit more shelter and shallower water. Another event happening at the moment is at the end of May the gates were opened and a slow release is happening for the next 50 days. This will drop the level back to about 20 percent or so. If it's not one thing it's another.
Till next time....

The river has been slowly cleaning up and now is just about right so this is what you can expect when you venture down the river over the next month or so. FISH and some good one's at that species will include, Bream and Flathead on the edges of the sandbars during the run out tide; Barra cold and sluggish; Salmon, blue mainly they will be chasing herring; Jew they will be in the deeper holes, try the 35ft one on Devil's Elbow, always a favorite; Grunter they will be on or around the cockle beds, best baits fresh prawns see Barra Jacks freezer, these are the most commonly caught species in our winter months , and we are still seeing some good muddies being caught.

See all the same species as Fitzroy river and throw in Queenfish, and gold spot cod, this system is shallow so if you are a first timer to the area take your time while motoring around Corio as there are sandbars heaps of them and rock bars as well, these are were you find the fish so give all area's a go starting up the creek at or near the ramp all the way down to the front, were it meets the ocean.

Still a feed to be had with some good blue salmon coming out of the creek and some good whiting over on the Keppel Sands side of the estuary. The whiting were being caught on the incoming tide about 1 hour after the turn. There have also been some big steel back salmon as well up Emu Park Creek on the high tide.

Plenty of Blue Salmon and Steel back salmon for the guys who like to chase them, they have been caught on the first of the run out tide at the mouth's of the major creek systems. Crabs still about but this time of year you will also catch jew. Big fellows to up to 50 lb the other place to look for them apart from the Jew hole on the way to Connors Rock is at Keppel Rocks they will school up so when you catch them remember you now have bag limits of 2 per person, and best not to keep catching them as they recover very poorly even if caught in shallow water.

Wade out in front of the dressing sheds and fish for flathead they will be there no worries, and that's the best option on a cold day flathead are a sucker for a well presented soft plastic. And the new Castaics are perfect for the job.

Very Quiet, a few reports of Toga on small poppers in the quiet water and a few red claw kicking around.

Tonnes of Red Claw moving in the river at the moment. Went out on Emerald show holiday and put in 4 traps for half an hour and each trap was almost full unbelievably. 126 big red claw in four traps for half an hour fishing. Dog biscuits as bait. Redclaw were even caught on live bait while trying to catch fish.

The boy's from Emerald were taken on a Popping trip by Dave from the shop and Graham the self proclaimed GT fishing madman. They had a ball with the smallest GT caught being a 950mm model and some big Queenfish as well all in
all they had one of the best trips on poppers so far ever. The bite was on all morning and the boy's were nursing some very sore shoulders buy the time the boat was turned for home. See in store for Gt footage.

Tight lines fishing comp Keppel Bay check out the website for details http://www.tightlines.net.au
BIG news for this years BarraBounty, We will highlight the details when they are all available but I can tell you if you catch the right fish during the Barra Bounty this year it will be worth $20.000.This is due to the major sponsorship from Carlton mid CUB, this year will be the biggest with some great prizes up for grabs and some rule changes as well eg. No bait section at last I hear you say. This year will be the biggest and best on record and I can't wait. Some of the prizes will include Shimano/ Daiwa/ Humminbird/ Minn Kota/Abu/ Tropical Ice Boxes/ Eva Kool/ Sunline / Lucky Craft and Loomis as well as a boat, motor and trailer package up for grabs as well like I said this year will be bigger and better than before so stay tuned and don't miss out.

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