Ben Campbell with a prime Stanage black mulloway.
Ben Campbell with a prime Stanage black mulloway.

Big barra bites close out season

ANOTHER barra season bites the dust as anglers scrambled to get a last-minute fix for their barra addiction before it closed.

There were some exceptional fish caught, and the last day was no different. There were fish in many of the estuaries, the river and down The Narrows.

The best part I saw was the stack of decent fish cleanly released to carry on their bloodlines into the future.

There is a big buzz when you score a quality fish and often that buzz doubles as you see the big silver sided yellow tailed fish heading back to her home.

Don't despair, because we have a number of impoundments within a few hours of here where there are monster barra available all year.

There are strings attached, such as the bag limits and hours on some dams, but that won't really affect anyone.

It looks like it might be blowing a bit by tomorrow; unfortunately the forecast is for 15 knots from tonight onwards.

Looks to be back to boss's weather again, however the estuaries are going pretty well.

Muddies are coming on a bit better and there have been a few full crabs this week.

The "justins" as we call the just legal crabs, are the fullest at the moment.

MIGHTY MACKEREL: A fine Spanish mackerel caught off Stanage Bay.
MIGHTY MACKEREL: A fine Spanish mackerel caught off Stanage Bay.

Mangrove jack have been taken over a wide range of our estuary systems, and this is unusual to say the least.

I think that now people are using quality gear and have many more lure skills across the board from days gone by.

This gives us a much wider opportunity to explore areas untapped before. Plastics have been the big difference.

Flathead are still in abundance, particularly around the downstream areas of our waterways. Bream, whiting and plenty of salmon have also made the eskies this week.

This week's voucher is from Bluefin Sports in Rockhampton, the one-stop boating and fishing shop, where you get great service from guys who have been in the business a long time.

They stock all sorts of tackle, fishing equipment, bait, lures and you can even buy a boat or motor there.

Drop in and see them anytime - you won't walk away disappointed.

Kane Tatt with another nice fish caught over the weekend.
Kane Tatt with another nice fish caught over the weekend.

The winners this week were Hughy and Coombsey who just have to go down and see Greg at Bluefin who will happily sort them out with the $50 voucher.

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

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com.

Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for next $50 voucher draw.

 

Hughy and Coombsey with a couple of top cobia caught at the Pinnacles.
Hughy and Coombsey with a couple of top cobia caught at the Pinnacles.


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