GOOD CATCH: Te Peehi Waretini with a nice small mouth nanny. Photo from Wade Joseph Smith.
GOOD CATCH: Te Peehi Waretini with a nice small mouth nanny. Photo from Wade Joseph Smith.

FISHING TALES: Coorooman Creek is best for bream, barramundi

THE past couple of weeks were gratefully received with pretty of good all-round fishing weather for the offshore and estuary anglers.

This is the weekend that any offshore plans should be put on the shelf, at least until next weekend. The forecast is upwards of 20 knots till at least the middle of next week or longer.

After the great catches of quality fish like red emperor, largemouth nannygai, coral trout and red throat emperor, it is a little disappointing to those who only have limited time available.

On the bright side there are still a few crabs, according to reports. Once again the lower end of the Fitzroy has been the pick as near bag out numbers were recorded by several of the crabbers this week.

Along with the crabs, there are still reports coming in of decent king salmon and the odd barra. The huge area isn't all fishable in big winds and you do have to be careful, especially in little boats as the wind and tides can stand the chop up to a pretty uncomfortable level.

Does anyone know what this is? it was found among mangroves in extreme salt in Fishing Creek.
Does anyone know what this is? it was found among mangroves in extreme salt in Fishing Creek.

Coorooman Creek is next in line with a few big chocolate critters coming in lately in some numbers. Around the mouth is starting to produce a fine blue salmon or two.

The best option is to head up the creek out of the wind and chase stuff like bream, flathead and barramundi while you are soaking your crab pots.

We went for a troll using small shiny bream lures and cracked a couple of horse-sized steelies for the effort.

These little guys taste okay if eaten fresh, but I prefer to keep half a dozen or so as troll baits for xos spaniards.

There are lots of steelbacks in all the systems, although Coorooman seems to have them everywhere.

Corio has been very hard work in recent times, although down past Kelly's to the heads has had a few barra and more numbers of flathead as we head to winter.

Nice morning at Port.
Nice morning at Port.

There is still quite a lot of fresh in the upper Waterpark system, making life difficult anywhere up inside the creek.

The best options, if you can brave the chop across the bay, are to get into Deep or Sandfly and find some sheltered banks. Large bream, whiting and flatties are around if you look.

Next week is another $50 random draw.

All the fish caught in the last month or so and sent into me or shared in FB with me are eligible and you can still enter by getting pictures to me before Wednesday next week.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, the Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot and Kalka Bait and Tackle, which 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 any of our $50 random voucher draws.



Sad news from the Rockhampton Zoo

premium_icon Sad news from the Rockhampton Zoo

‘Samantha’s baby was much anticipated by a community that has shown great...

Voices from the past recall another era

premium_icon Voices from the past recall another era

ARMISTACE Day reminded me of a letter I found in an old book - to Maggie Carpenter...

Thousands of troops head home to Singapore

premium_icon Thousands of troops head home to Singapore

10 international charters touched down in Rocky including the Air New Zealand and...