Report 11/08/14

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Report 11/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:42 pm

The wind has certainly changed and it is not for the better when it comes to fishing around Central Queensland waters. The wind this week has certainly affected the fishing big time. There was only one day that the winds eased enough to allow those fishermen to venture out to the reef and shoals; they did fish areas like the Douglas Shoals, Karamea Banks, Moresby Banks and Goodwin Shoals and up to Flat and Perforated Islands. The reports that came in told that the fishing had dropped off and wasn’t as good as the past few weeks. The only good reports coming in were from those that were going out on the charter boats; they certainly had some good reports from those fishermen, but it must be noted that they are fishing the Swain Reef.

The weather for the coming week is not looking good until Sunday at this stage, so maybe this is a good time to do some maintenance on the boat, trailer or the fishing gear. If you are keen to venture out when the winds ease please remember to inform the Coast Guard of your destination and ETA of your return to port, and also check the weather at BOM and Seabreeze.

Tides & Weather: The tides for the coming weekend are high tide around 2.30 and 3.00 with the low tide around 8.30 and 9.00. They are waning tides as we lead into the last quarter of the moon phase. These tides should be good for fishing and with the crabs going off the chew they are not good crabbing tides. On the weather side, the winds are strong until at least Sunday and then the winds are expected to ease and should be down to light winds on Monday.

Fishing inshore like Finlay’s reef, Iron Pot Island just off the Roslyn Bay boat harbour, square rocks just off North Keppel and Ritamada around Emu Park was the same they only had a couple of days and these reefs produced the grunter and cod. Very few mackerel were landed.

Be aware: As we reported last week there is trawler that sank east of the Keppel islands that's now a hazard. It's located at 23-09-582 south and 151-01-941 east, and more info can be found on the MSQ web site. Current reports are that they have 28 days to raise it.

This week the beach fishing was limited to those areas protected from the strong winds like Lammermoor Beach and Kinka Beach, and those who fished certainly were rewarded with a good feed. There were still some salmon around and plenty of flathead, and some of the bream have been around the 37and 40cm length. Those that went crabbing reported it hard to catch a good feed, with those crabbers only catching 5 or 6 crabs in a couple of tides. Maybe we'll have to wait a few months now for them to come back on the chew again, when it starts to warm up a bit more. The estuaries like Corio Bay, Coorooman creek, Causeway Lake and the mouth of the Fitzroy River are where these reports have come from. The fishing on the other hand was good with plenty whiting big bream and the odd salmon being caught. The flathead are around and there were plenty reported caught with Corio bay the best place to land a good flathead and the Causeway Lake as well.

We have been happy to see those grey nomads coming in and asking for advice, asking us the baits and what tides are the best for the fishing around here. We're always happy to give this information to visitors, so feel free to drop in for a yarn. If you are organised and can email or phone ahead this would be better; you can reach us at the shop in Yeppoon on 07 4930 2301 or at coucomscrabpots@gmail.com.

Great News: All you crabbers out there I have some information that will interest you, on 24th,25 and 26th October there will be a crabbing competition called the CQ Crabshock Classic. It will be held here at Yeppoon, the areas to crab will be from Coorooman Creek to Corio Bay. For the rules and guidelines and entry forms please email me and I will fill you in on the details and arrange an entry form to be sent out. I will have more details in the coming weeks so watch this space.


Tip of the Week: You don’t have to catch a lot of fish or crabs to have fun, just enjoy the trip.


Till next week keep casting, keep retrieving and keep catching those fish

From your local tackle shop in Yeppoon

Alan Coucom

Coucom's Crabpots & Fishing Gear
1/13 James St, Yeppoon Qld 4703
P: 07 4930 2301
coucomscrabpots@gmail.com

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Re: Report 11/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:43 pm

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