Jordan Stoddart with 108 burnett river barra caught on a westin bony the bream
Jordan Stoddart with 108 burnett river barra caught on a westin bony the bream

CQ FISHING: Barra's on the chew right now

WELL this weekend will be barra and king for sure after all the photos I've received lately. These neap tides, big temperatures and the chance of a storm are just the triggers to get big barras on the chew.

Barramundi are the laziest of fish and only chase something as hard as they need without putting in a big effort. The river, from the town reaches all the way down to Port Alma, is worth a crack.

As per all the publicity about the net free zones producing, they are. Metre fish keep on coming and like I have said before the majority of these fish are tagged and released or at the very least released.

On that note it is definitely okay to keep a couple for a feed and so we should if you like to eat barramundi.

I have heard several heated conversations about letting them all go back lately. Well you don't have to and are more than welcome to take a feed but, no one likes to see the resource raped and pillaged. There are a few crabs and prawns around the local estuaries along with the odd flathead, bream, salmon and mangrove jack.

The weather also looks good for the offshore guys with a couple of good days over the smaller tides. Reefies should be going off with any luck and any good country from the islands to the wide ground is a show.

There are plenty of bait schools with mackerel and tuna giving them curry in and outside the bay, which means when you see bait getting pushed it is worth putting a chromie through them. Generally tuna break the surface and mackerel push the baits to the surface without actually breaching themselves.

We don't normally waste time with tuna after we have a couple for bait but mackerel will get plenty of attention until they disappear.

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