Weather augurs for good sport

Briny landed this top dolphin fish on Bite Me Charters with the Smurf.
Briny landed this top dolphin fish on Bite Me Charters with the Smurf. CONTRIBUTED

GREAT weather for the weekend by all reports and that should mean a few fish getting caught around the area.

Remember it is still the Coral Reef Fin Fish closure is on until midnight Sunday, November 23.

That means no reefies; however, there are lots of fish on fire at present, which aren't included in the closures.

Species like mackerel, grunter, jew, cobia and fingermark are all going well and are off the no-take list.

Reports from spots like Cape Capricorn, Quartz Rock Cape Manifold, The Ramma and The Pinnacles have indicated that there are a few grunter around.

The current moon phase is also favourable for grunter.

There were some big fish caught this week up to 850mm on fresh prawns, pillies and squid.

Look for spots where there is a structure or feature where the grunter can school just out of the main current.

The creeks are in good shape with grunter as well with quality grunter still around at Coorooman Creek and Connors.

Waterpark is doing okay, but you need to be quiet and have really good bait to do much good up there.

Cobia are here in force ready for their Christmas holiday on the Capricorn Coast. Every year at this time we get a strong run on all the inshore reef areas and rubble patches.

Cobia go well at Findlay's and The Pinnacles for example in places where can haunt eddies and pressure points.

Cobes will grab many different baits from big squid to floating pillies, mullet strips and any of your mackerel troll baits.

They are a pretty good eating fish, especially done in slabs on the barbecue.

Mackerel are still fairly reasonable in numbers locally with the odd bag out at places like Flat, Manifold and Perforated recently.

If the wind stays low there should be plenty of small mackerel around the bay over the weekend.

Look for the tinnies lined up at any of the local spots when the mackies are on the chew.

Crabs have started getting better across the area's waterways.

The floaters from previous weeks are becoming less and less and even a few chocolate fellas are appearing once more.

The shallow creek mouths and bank edges seem to be working the best although in the river, anywhere you can get your pots to stay put is a show of a crab or two.

Flathead, queenies, bream, whiting and fingermark were the reports this week.

A top, warm weekend predicted means a day at the beach is one of the great pleasures we get here.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.

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