FISHING TAILS: Nice red emperor out wide

FISHING FAMILY: Tight Lines Fishing Classic MC Alan Hayes with the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club at this years event in August.
FISHING FAMILY: Tight Lines Fishing Classic MC Alan Hayes with the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club at this years event in August. Contributed

OFFSHORE fishing is shaping up nicely with the weather forecast for the next week looking great to plan your next fishing trip.

Out wide there have been some nice red emperor caught along with the usual red throat, nannygai and coral trout.

Mackerel have been hard to find at times but up north around Findlays there have been some nice spottie mackerel starting to come on the bite, and also some Spanish mackerel a bit further north towards Cape Manifold.

For those looking at doing a bit of sightseeing on the water, there have been quite a few humpback whales spotted around the Keppels over the last few weeks.

It's important to be aware of travelling at night during the whale migration season, as a local boat found out last weekend.

BIG RED: Fabian Sutton caught a few nice red emperor over the weekend.
BIG RED: Fabian Sutton caught a few nice red emperor over the weekend. Contributed

Estuary fishing is all about the barramundi and salmon at the moment with recent captures of barramundi and good numbers of king threadfin and blue salmon caught in the Fitzroy and coastal creeks over the past week or so.

Bream are still in good numbers in the estuary and along the beach front, along with blue salmon chasing a feed of baitfish.

Mud crabs are starting to show up but are still very slow at present. This should change around the next full moon.

TTFFC September, some of the members weighing in.
TTFFC September, some of the members weighing in. Contributed

This year the base for the WTF Women that Fish Barra Classic will be held at the Riverside Caravan Park, Rockhampton on September 22 to 24.

Make sure you check out their Facebook page, WTF Women that Fish Barra Classic - this will show you all the girls fishing, funny photos and also showcase their sponsors.

The Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Clubs next competition will be held October 22 - 23, with the weigh in at 2pm Sunday at the Treehouse Tavern.

Entry forms are available from the Treehouse Tavern in Cawarral, rules and regulations are on the TTFFC Facebook page.

Graham Pattermore with 4.7kg snapper.
Graham Pattermore with 4.7kg snapper. Contributed

Topics:  fishing, keppel islands, outdoor-living, red emperor, spanish mackerel

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