Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

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Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

Post by Brad » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:41 pm

The highlight of the first week of school holidays has been the appearance of mackerel schools along the coast. Good Doggies and Spotties are being caught at all the popular spots. The calm weather has been a real boon for fishing and most have mackerel fillets in the freezer - some more than they should. Keep a look out over your shoulder fellas, because the Patrol is watching. The bag limit is 10 of any combination of Doggies and Spotties. The macks have been taking both bait and lures. Some opportunistic dolphins have been haunting Bangalee and making a real nuisance of themselves stealing fish, and often lures attached to the fish, from anglers' lines. They are a whole lot smarter than your average shark and know how not to get themselves hooked in the process of knocking off your fish. The first time it happens is interesting, but after the third time the novelty quickly wears off.

The islands are still very quiet on the bottom, so hopefully the water will start warming up with the arrival of the north-easterlies. Out wider though in the deeper water, the reefies are biting well, especially before sun up. There have also been enough good spanos around to the keep people happy. The estuaries haven't been great, but if you put in the time, there are decent whiting to be had and the odd schoolie flathead.

The Fitzroy River turned it on for the annual Rocky Barra Bounty with the 100 competitors tagging and releasing no less than an amazing 1175 barra for the two days. The majority of course were under the legal size of 58 cm, with the overall average length across the 1000+ fish around the 50cm mark. Sadly, we all know what is going to happen to most of them next year when they reach legal size. Absolute tragedy and blight on our non-existent sustainable fisheries management in this "dumb state". Just dare to imagine what the fishing would be like if the commercial take had a sustainable cap. We would beat anything the Northern Territory can offer hands down.

Will we ever see it? We could, if more people would get off their backsides and make a noise, especially in the lead up to the looming election. So it's up to every one of us to demand a change. Are you up for it?

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Re: Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

Post by pyeman » Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:09 pm

Kim a few years ago you had the barra as an extinct species because of the commercial fishers. Just goes to show what happens when nature does its thing. Your non stop whingeing is only making a mockery of your claims. Cheers

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Re: Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

Post by Mak Hunter » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:19 pm

pyeman , no idea yet again, talk rubbish all the time mate.....

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Re: Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

Post by pyeman » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:42 am

makhunter you're just like kim you want all for yourself and stuff the rest of the population

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Re: Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

Post by amm » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:58 pm

Ohh geez, the best survival of baby barra since the 70's and you thank the floods but blame the pros! Did you miss something. If the juv's are coming through strong that means those adults fish are in great numbers to. Baby's didn't come from the storks. Go figure, it shows a healthy system that nature keeps healthy. After all those years of drought the barra still booms, yes that's right, the fish can handle all of that. It's so easy to blame commercial fisherman these days while adult barra in the metre plus class roam our Fitz river system in numbers that many of you have no idea about. Yes, let us blame the pros for rec angler's lack of fishing clue and having no idea where to find a big fish. A barra bounty held on neap tides, little wonder why most fish caught were tiny. Look down at Gladstone, it's the commercial sector that is fighting for the waterways, without them your screwed. Wait til a dirty big dredge hits our waters where barra spawn, then we'll have sumthng serious to whinge about.

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Re: Weeky Report 2 Oct 11

Post by liam » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:09 am

Spot on mate if they dredge the fitzroy our stocks will plumet we all need to get together and fight for the one cause insted of against each other.
If that coal loader goe's in at Balaclava island emagine all the silt washing up and down the fitzy. we will all be winging then and it will be too late once it gets the go-ahead.

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