Report 28/10/14

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Report 28/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:03 am

The first coral fin fish closure for this year is over and now we have another on 19-23 November, to protect our fish stocks for future generations. Speaking of closures, remember that the barra seasons closes on 1 November 2104 and reopens in February 2015.

The weather was great on Sunday as the closure finished and anglers ventured out in their droves. From what reports that came in there were plenty of fish out there to catch. Most of those who went out to areas like the Douglas Shoal, ferns and Karama Banks reported good catches. In areas like Flat and Perforated Islands reports were mixed, with some good catches of mackerel and reef fish and some anglers who only landed a couple of fish. There was one report that came in of catching barracuda around 1500mm in length. Plenty of anglers just fished around the Keppel islands and inner reefs like Square rocks and Finlay’s reef and Ritamada; they struggled to land a reef fish but caught plenty of mackerel.

The weather this week is looking good with light winds for most of the week. The tides for the coming weekend high tides are 4 and 5 o’clock and low water will be around 10 and 11 o’clock. They would be good tides for fishing the estuaries like Corio Bay and Coorooman creek. Because there will not be much run you should be able to fish the main channel.

Over the weekend the CQ Crab Shock Classic crabbing completion was held, with competitors coming from as far away as Emerald Blackwater. The winner was Kimmo from the Crusty Crabbers, best junior Steven Hinton from the Crusty Crabbers and the team winner was the Greys from Blackwater. There were decent crabs around but you had to work for them. The crabs that were weighed in were certainly good crabs and all reports said there were a lot of crabs out there just undersize. We would like to thank all who entered and a great weekend was had by all. The event will be held in October next year with the proposed dates of 23-25 October 2015.

On the fishing side of things in the estuaries there were some reports of barra, bream, whiting and flathead being caught, but again you had to work hard for them.

If anybody has an update on the trawler that sunk in Plain River, please let us know. The sunken trawler is just south of the Plain River and Emu Park creek intersection, it is partially visible at low tide, and has been marked with a buoy.

We had plenty of fishermen fishing the beaches like Farnborough, Kinka, Lammermoor and Nine Mile beaches again this week and most of those who ventured out caught a good feed. There are good whiting and the very odd flathead and plenty of trevally being caught, and Kinka beach was fishing the best. Those big whiting were caught on beach worms. Don’t forget when fishing the beaches put a red or green bead on the top of your hook and it will attract more fish to your bait.

We love getting fishing info and/or photos from customers and readers, and you can give these to us at the store or email us at coucomscrabpots@gmail.com. We are also on Facebook, and you can check out our page by clicking here.

Al’s tip of the week: Leave your crab pots in the same area. It may take the crabs a few tides before they start moving.

Till next week
Alan C
Your local tackle shop in Yeppoon.

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