Report 23/10/15

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Report 23/10/15

Post by subeditor » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:59 am

I am back from my week adventure in the Corio Bay area to see what’s biting and where they are catching all the fish and crabs, we were very lucky to come home with a good feed of crabs but as I have been saying you have to work hard for them. We bought back 12 good quality crabs but this was for 5 days efforts, so the reports have certainly been right when they say they have to work hard for a good feed. Now on the fish side of things the fishing was great with plenty of barra, flathead, king salmon and plenty of bream caught. I have attached a photo of the blubber lip bream caught this was the biggest the others were around the 40 to 45cm in length, this one was 68cm in length and using good old local prawns as bait.
We did venture out of the bay a couple of days while up there and came back with a few mackerel and some tales of the mackerel that got away, there were plenty of spotty mackerel landed and a Spanish mackerel with some good size fish busting us up. The reefs that we fishing were Finlay’s and around North Keppel islands, the weather has not been favourable to allow the fishermen to fish the outer reef like the shoal, flat and perforated islands and areas like the Douglas shoals.
The next coral fin fish closure on the 9th November to the 13th November, and The barramundi closure is from1st November through to the 1st February 2016. During this time we are not to target barramundi and if we catch one, they are to be release immediately.
As the wind affected the fishing even the beaches were effected and only allowed some to fish sandy point and Lammermoor and the other beached that were protected from the wind. At these beaches there were plenty flathead and whiting reported caught, and of some good some good reports of big trevally being caught.
I have been in contact with the authorities and they are saying that the net free zones will take effect as of the 1st November. If you want to know more about the Net Free Areas the final maps for the net-free areas are available at
This week’s fishing tips from Coucom’s Crabpots & Fishing Gear
If you are fishing from the shore try fishing areas like Sandy point, or any of the beaches like Farnborough and Kinka beaches, you will be targeting flathead and whiting. We would suggest you use either prawns or beach worms as bait and even a pilchard or full squid to target the salmon.
In the estuary try fishing areas like Causeway Lake, Corio Bay and Coorooman creek you will be targeting barra, grunter, flathead and blubber lip bream. We would suggest pilchard, squid and mullet fillet as bait.
At the time of writing this report the weather is looking good for the weekend and try areas like Douglas shoals, Flat and Perforated island or even Barren and Outer Rock for those not able to travel far Finlay’s reef and Ross’s reef. You should target Mackerel and reef fish using pilchards, squid and mullet fillet, and Garr, bonito and ribbon fish for the mackerel.
The weather and tides:
At this early stage the weather looks like improving and should allow some fishing all weekend the winds will be from the east northeast and will be around the 10 to 15knot mark.
Please remember as we always suggest please check the weather out on the weather sites like seabreeze or BOM for the updates.
Now we have given you the weather the tides and the tips the rest is up to you.
If you go onto facebook and look up Coucom’s Crabpots & Fishing Gear or you can email us at with any questions or local photos
Al’s tip of the week: Estuary fishing around here, great at low tide.

Till next week enjoy the fishing

Alan C

Your local tackle shop in Yeppoon.

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