Oliver Zonca caught this 17kg Black Dew and landed the fish with help from his father John.
Oliver Zonca caught this 17kg Black Dew and landed the fish with help from his father John.

FISHING TAILS: Perfect weather out wide over long weekend

FINALLY, the Capricorn Coast turned on the weather for us with some red hot fishing days over the long weekend.

Reports from in close to out wide had good numbers of fish on the bite; the mackerel were on the bite with the local inshore bommies producing some doggie and grey mackerel at present.

Spanish mackerel are in good numbers with a few good 10kg fish caught over the weekend on the outer islands and reef marks.

OCEAN BEAUTY: Mick Jones caught this solid Red Emperor wide of Yeppoon on the weekend.
OCEAN BEAUTY: Mick Jones caught this solid Red Emperor wide of Yeppoon on the weekend. Contributed RCC

Red emperor hooked out wide are always a great target like this solid catch Mick Jones reeled in over the weekend (pictured), along with red throat emperor, sweetlip, coral trout, nannygai and other mixed species that filled the eskies of hundreds of keen boaties who fished during the sensational conditions over the weekend.

Estuary fishing this week with big tides will be challenging, but with the barramundi and salmon still on the bite, it may be a good opportunity to flick a few of your favourite lures at the snags before the water temp drops over the next month or so.

Some nice bream, flathead, whiting and grunter are starting to show up now too - these fish seem to dominate the cooler months in the estuary.

Mud crabs are still around with some nice full crabs caught over the past few weeks, and with the big tides this weekend, it should produce a few quality crabs. Don't forget, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has released a survey which will determine if the Fisherman's Beach boat ramp proposal is going ahead. Go to getinvolved.qld.gov.au to complete the survey.

The Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club's next weigh will be held May 21-22, meeting at 2pm Sunday at the Treehouse Tavern. Entry forms from the Treehouse Tavern in Cawarral.



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