Graham Western nailed this cracking 70.5cm flathead on a deep diving hard body to take out longest flattie at the Corio Bay Classic this year.
Graham Western nailed this cracking 70.5cm flathead on a deep diving hard body to take out longest flattie at the Corio Bay Classic this year.

FISHING TAILS: Fitzroy River leads the way for catches

LAST weekend was the annual Keppel Bay Sports Fishing Club Corio Classic.

The event showcases the Corio Bay Waterpark Creek system and the species of fish available there.

This is not a standard slaughter comp, as the competitors are encouraged to photograph their fish and release those not kept for a feed. The fish caught ranged from quality whiting, bream, flathead and barramundi.

Josh Grieving looks like he just caught his first fish ever, if you can call that little cod a fish.
Josh Grieving looks like he just caught his first fish ever, if you can call that little cod a fish.

The 50 competitors all had a great time in the extremely hard fishing conditions of 25-plus knots.

I would like to thank the club for the effort they made turning an average day into a very enjoyable event. Well done KBSFC and all the members.

The wind should drop a little this weekend but not really enough to let anyone get offshore in any sort of comfort.

The forecast is for 20 dropping to 15 knots Saturday and will hover around 10 to 15 Sunday.

Once more, as this disappointing, rotten run of recent weather continues, the estuaries are the best option other than the sheltered bays alongside some of the coastal headlands.

The Fitzroy River has led the way as there were a few decent fish caught this week from the town reaches and all the way down to Port Alma and the delta.

Noah Allen, fishing the Smith group of islands, was happy with his lovely fish.
Noah Allen, fishing the Smith group of islands, was happy with his lovely fish.

Grunter, king salmon, bream and barramundi are all going okay.

Lures have been pretty hard work with some of the local boys swapping lures for livies and picking up instant success.

Bait in the top end of the river is mostly hard to get for the average punter. Live mullet have been the go and some of the crew have collected their mullet down the beach or at Coorooman Creek before heading up to fish the river.

This is a good alternative compared to spending too much time looking around for reasonable baits.

Corio and Coorooman Creek are both producing some fish, although they aren't coming that easy.

A bit of berley and good fresh bait can help improve your chances.

Structure, structure and more structure is often the better option, and when you have exhausted that try fishing the gutters and little creeklets moving up with the tides.

TOP SPECIMEN: Breanna Willett took out the junior flathead category this year.
TOP SPECIMEN: Breanna Willett took out the junior flathead category this year.

Some decent muddies can still be had in worthwhile numbers right around the areas waterways.

These tides are perfect to let the pots soak overnight, but you end up worrying about the thieving mongrels ripping off your pots or crabs.

If you aren't real sure of the crowd working the area you choose then don't leave your gear out of range.

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 next $50 voucher draw.



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