Wyatt Hawker with his first ever mackerel.
Wyatt Hawker with his first ever mackerel.

FISHING FRIDAY: Warmer temps signal good catches in CQ

SCOTTY LYNCH

THIS bit of nice weather has lead to quality captures increasing over the last few days.

I have had reports from blokes that went wide and north capturing a range of quality fish.

Some of the lads also commented on the clarity of the water in the bay and the bigger estuaries.

There have been reports of good-sized cobia, spanish, red jew (large mouth nannygai) and red emperor along with sweetlip, hussar, parrot and coral trout, cod.

There were some dolphin fish about again and they were taking floating pillies over lures.

The creeks have had a boost this week with salmon numbers rising.

CRACKER CATCH: Jason Smithwick scored a huge greater amberjack wide of Yeppoon.
CRACKER CATCH: Jason Smithwick scored a huge greater amberjack wide of Yeppoon.

Large schools of herring have run all along the coast attracting blue salmon and plenty of other stuff.

As the wind picks up many of these big greenbacks should wind up in the estuaries bringing flathead, bream, fingermark and barramundi on the chew.

These warmer conditions and stacks of baitfish around means mediocre fishing lately is on the improve.

Whether out wide or in close, there is plenty to keep most happy.

The Emu Park Fishing Classic is definitely going ahead. Watch this space for more details in coming weeks. Registrations are open on the website only for the inaugural Emu Park Fishing Classic (https://emuparkfishing

classic.com.au/) You will need to get in early as this competition has a limited number of entries.

Kev the trout king with a black trout caught near the islands.
Kev the trout king with a black trout caught near the islands.

Anyone who is interested in the Emu Park Fishing Classic there will be a sign on day Sunday at Emus Beach Resort, we also have some exiting news to update this coming week with the website release and new sponsors details. Please share this with your family and friends.

THE WTF Women That Fish Barra Classic is an exciting event that has been gaining in popularity since 2012 with up to 40 competitors last year. The 2017 event will be held from September 28-30. THE WTF Women That Fish Barra Classic a not-for-profit tournament founded in 2012 with a focus on empowering women and encouraging them into the world of angling.

This event is held annually on the mighty Fitzroy River at Rockhampton and attracts a range of anglers from novice to experienced. This women-only event has a strong focus on safety and environmental sustainability, including catch and release philosophies. For more information, visit the Facebook page or contact Sara Van Haeren on 0429 923 243 or rvanharen@bigpond.com. Briefing night is on September 28 and Presentations on September 30 at the Riverside Tourist Caravan Van Park. Expressions of interest contact Shara VanHaeren via womenthatfish2012@hotmail.com.

Thanks to Bluefin Sports, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine and Cooee Bay Marine, the locals who not only support the fishing column but also the fishing and boating community across the whole of CQ.

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for next $50 voucher draw.



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