Wade Smith with a top local trout.
Wade Smith with a top local trout.

Offshore fishing's not looking good

THE forecast looks dodgy at this stage so I would be checking up to date forecasts before heading offshore.

There are a stack of lesser mackerels about including doggies and spotties at plenty of the closer spots around Yeppoon at present. The guys fishing Porcupine Point were scoring a decent feed from the rocks. Flatties, barra, salmon and a few muddies made reports this week, with The Fitzroy River having the best showing. The salmon are schooling and had moved up the river with the cleaner water lately. From now until we get any decent rain there will be plenty of fish from Nerimbera to town.

A fine 16kg black jew caught on a hand line by Mick Denniss and Tony Astin.
A fine 16kg black jew caught on a hand line by Mick Denniss and Tony Astin.

Fishing Classic

Since the announcement of the Tightlines fishing competition being cancelled this year a group of Capricorn Coast locals have come together to form Emu Park Events with the first event is the Emu Park Fishing Classic which will be held at the Pine Beach Hotel in Emu Park on September 22-24, with proceeds going to three great organisations, Capricorn Helicopter Rescue, Coastguard and SES. The Emu Park Fishing Classic has 17 species of fish available to catch with daily and overall prizes for each. The Capricorn Coast provides a great platform for fishing providing everything from red emperor to spanish mackerel offshore to the estuaries that are net free zones and are thriving with barramundi and king salmon. The event also has four live categories; mangrove jack, flathead, bream and whiting to assist with setting an example of sustainable fishing. A local fishing club, the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club, will be operating the weigh-in during the event. Random prize draws each day with the major prize a boat package valued at over $10,000 donated in partnership from Cooee Bay Marine and PPH Civil. An expo will be held on the Saturday from 10-4pm with local businesses given a chance to show the community what they can offer, entertainment for the kids with casting competitions and a jumping castle. For all the details and to register online go to www.emuparkfishingclassic. com.au

Andrew Cossart with his first ever red caught with squid on a recent run out to the shoals.
Andrew Cossart with his first ever red caught with squid on a recent run out to the shoals.

Women That Fish

The WTF Women That Fish Barra Classic 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 Shara Van Haeren on 0429 923 243 or rvanharen@bigpond.com

Briefing night is September 28 and presentations are on September 30 at the Riverside Tourist Caravan Van Park. Expressions of interest, 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

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