Report 30/7/15

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Report 30/7/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:24 am

What a weekend we just had! 4 days of glorious weather and light wind, and if you put these together, you got to the harbour you would have found a carpark full of empty trailers and an empty mariner -- and a heap of fishermen with smiles on their faces. From all reports we received there were plenty of good catches of reef fish like red throat, red emperor, and coral trout and the usual. Those anglers that ventured further afield like Douglas shoals, Karamea banks, Flat and Perforated islands and even Barren Island were rewarded with Spanish mackerel as well as reef fish. The inner reefs like Finlay’s reef, the Boomi at Farnborough, the Keppel Island, Island at the mouth of Coorooman Creek and Ritamada delivered red throat, silver jew and grunter with most of the other reef fish like hussar, cod and parrot with very few reports of mackerel in these areas.

Anglers who fished the estuaries and beaches were rewarded with a good feed of whiting and salmon, and plenty of good size flathead were reported caught also. There were plenty of people reporting large whiting again up to the 36cm in length, and salmon that were around the 80 and 90cm in length as well. It was good to see that even though the tides were not the best for crabbing there were plenty of reports coming in of 5 crabs per tide, with some even reporting reaching their limit of 10 crabs per tide. Now most of the crabbers still recommend the roo tails as bait and mullet and mullet heads, and most of the diehard crabbers will tell you be careful when using chicken and pork as bait.

The weather and tides for the coming week and weekend: the winds will be moderate for the start of the week, with winds from the south east and then turn light north east by the weekend, with Sunday looking the best at this stage. The tides for the weekend are big as we are around the full moon phase of the moon, these will be ideal for crabbing,

We have had a lot of crabbers come in and ask where they can get their crabpots repaired. We now repair pots as long as the rings are not rusty, just call in or ring for a quote, we are here to help out whenever we can.

If you go onto Facebook and look up Coucom’s Crabpots & Fishing Gear or you can email us at coucomscrabpots@gmail.com with any questions or local photos.

Al’s tip of the week: Bag limits are there for a reason. Please adhere to them.

Till next week enjoy the fishing
Alan C
Your local tackle shop in Yeppoon
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Guy with a great red emperor. He was using squid heads for bait.
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I was lucky enough to go crabbing last weekend and had to find a home for these.
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