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FISHING TAILS: Estuaries a good wind break

FINE FISH: The Katnap fishing team cleaned up on the coast at the Boyne Tannum Hook Up over the weekend.
FINE FISH: The Katnap fishing team cleaned up on the coast at the Boyne Tannum Hook Up over the weekend. Contributed

FISHING the estuaries has been the only option over the past week, with the wind making conditions very rough.

Bream, flathead and whiting are the main target species in the winter months with places like Coorooman Creek and Corio Bay starting to produce the larger fish.

Targeting species is a great way to fine tune the tackle you use.

Once you have found a technique that works, fishing becomes much more productive.

For example, my preference for catching big bream around the 40cm mark is mullet strips and a long 15lb leader below your number one sinker rigged with 4/0 bait holder hook.

For flathead fishing, I prefer using various types of lures or plastics anything that will drag along the bottom.

You may get the chance to head offshore over the next few days but it looks like the wind will get up for the weekend.

Edan Hemming with his 19.65kg winning Spanish mackerel at the Boyne Tannum Hook Up.
Edan Hemming with his 19.65kg winning Spanish mackerel at the Boyne Tannum Hook Up.

The water has been stirred up in the bay, so if you get out you will probably have to head out to the islands to find some clearer water.

There should be some mackerel around but you will have to look for the bait and see where they are schooling up.

Congratulations to local fisherman Edan Hemming (pictured) taking out the Junior Spanish Mackerel class weighing in clean at 19.65kg at the Boyne Tannum Hook Up this year, great effort.

The Keppel Bay Sports Fishing Club is hosting the 2015 Corio Bay Classic on Sunday, June 28.

The Corio Bay Classic has been running for four years now with KBSFC running the ANSA event.

The Corio Bay Classic is a great local fishing competition run with a catch and release style weigh in, with a tag and photos.

Target species are flathead, bream and whiting, with the longest in each division awarded the winner.

More than $1000 in prizes are up for grabs, including vouchers from Barra Jacks Rocky and The Secret Spot Yeppoon.

Entry is limited to 50 people which are a great idea as it is held at Corbett's Landing.

Tara Thompson with nice flathead – a personal best.
Tara Thompson with nice flathead – a personal best.

For more information get on KBSFC Facebook page for a full list of rules and regulations.

Karen, a member of the fishing club who is raising money for Cancer Council Queensland, had to postpone the shave event on the weekend due to rain.

I will have the new shave date in next week's report.

The next Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club competition will be held this weekend, June 20 and 21, with weigh-in at 2pm on the Sunday held at the Treehouse Tavern in Cawarral.

If you are a keen angler of any age the Mirror Angler page wants your fishing story - write a short fishing story and include a good quality picture and you could be featured on the page, send your story to crakyl@hotmail.com or message Craig Robertson on Facebook.

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