Get in early before the winds build

THE coral reef fin fish closures are on until midnight this Sunday, October 18, and that only leaves stuff like grunter, cod and all the pelagics.

Saturday morning early looks like the best opportunity to get among any of the offshore pelagic species before the predicted 20-knot winds arrive in the afternoon.

Forecast five to 10-knot variable winds in the morning mean mackerel and, from all reports, there should still be a few about.

The estuaries have been the main focus lately for many as they try to get a barramundi before the season ends at the end of the month.

Flathead continue in good form in most of the area's creeks and Corio, providing a good feed for the fishers who target them.

Bream, whiting, salmon, fingermark, mangrove jack and trevally have all been reported lately and, as the weather continues to heat up, they will come on the chew.

In the past few weeks, I have mentioned The Rocky Barra Bounty coming up at the end of the month.

There are still places available for teams wishing to compete in one of the most worthwhile competitions around.

Proceeds go to stocking the local area with barramundi to ensure their future.

The event has a history now of some fantastic fish being taken, tagged and released. This includes two barramundi around the 1500mm mark and stacks of other decent barra, along with king salmon, fingermark etc.

The benefits of The Barra Bounty have quite an impact on our small community, so get behind it and show your support.

If you would like to enter, you can email Ashlee Allwood at Ashleeallwood@capricorntourism.com.au or email events@rockhamptoninfo.com or phone RTBI on 4922 2855.

Paul James, one of the regular fishers in the Bounty, has had a bad medical condition this year and at one stage it appeared he would not be able to do much at all, let alone catch a fish.

He is on the road to recovery and, as part of his getting well, his dad Rob took him for a fish in the river.

He missed one nice barra but did get a very nice king salmon on a Richo lure.

As they say, fishing is a top medicine. Let's hope it helps.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine and Barra Bait and Tackle, 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 draws - there will be one next week and one the week after.



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