BIG RED: John Boon from Extreme Fishing Solutions with another of his favourites.
BIG RED: John Boon from Extreme Fishing Solutions with another of his favourites.

FISHING TAILS: Plenty of fish on the chew in Central QLD

LOOKING at the weather forecast for the weekend it doesn't look real good for anyone.

There aren't too many places to hide other than right up the creeks with pretty strong easterlies turning to nor'easters on Sunday.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel as forecasts for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are for 10 knots or less.

There are plenty of fish on the chew at the moment and mudcrabs are picking up in numbers across the estuaries and the river. Flathead, whiting, bream, king salmon, blue salmon, steelies, fingermark, mangrove jack, grunter and barra have been in reports this week.

Remember that you can't target barramundi after lunch on Sunday.

GRAB A ROD: Barra are still on the menu for the next couple of days.
GRAB A ROD: Barra are still on the menu for the next couple of days.

Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday, November 1, to midday February 1.

This gives the breeders a chance to do their thing with as little interference as possible.

It is also illegal to target barra over this period even with the intent to release.

There was a quite a movement to get nets removed from the river so now we'll see if the other half of the equation can do the right thing.

The barramundi addicts can still get the fix they need just by travelling a short distance either way from Rockhampton to the large stocked impoundments such as Awoonga or Monduran to the south and Proserpine (Peter Faust) or Teemburra dams to the north.

These dams have been so successful over the years that you don't have to be the best angler in the world to score a decent trophy-sized fish.

Next month is the second round of the coral reef fin fish closures.

The dates are from November 9 to November 13.

NICE CATCH: Mark Thompson with a nice spanno.
NICE CATCH: Mark Thompson with a nice spanno.

This is primarily designed to allow the reef breeders such as coral trout and sweetlip, etc, their opportunity at unhindered breeding.

If you aren't sure what a coral reef fin fish is then go to http://www.daf.qld.gov.au /fisheries/species- identification/reef-fish.

For those who just must catch a fish offshore over that period there is still stuff like grunter and all the pelagics available.

In previous years lots have people have targeted reefies despite the closures including some guys who even posted their catch on Facebook.

It isn't very hard to leave them alone for five days so we can reap the benefits down the track.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot and Kalka Bait and Tackle.

These are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.

Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for any of our $50 random voucher draws.

Contact me atifishcq2@bigpond.com



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