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FISHING TALES: Red emperor on steroids in Central Qld?

BIG RED: Fabian Sutton scored this red out from Yeppoon.
BIG RED: Fabian Sutton scored this red out from Yeppoon.

WHAT a great week it has been weather-wise for the local anglers.

Judging by the boat traffic on the bay there must have been fish heading for cover everywhere.

Last weekend had a little westerly that slowed down the fish in some areas and turned them on in others. Once Monday came the switch came on and there were fish caught both in close and out wide.

The local islands produced a few top quality trout and sweeties that ranked with the better catches over the years.

Several of the red emperor taken this week must have been on steroids by the look of them.

One fish caught by David Pearson went over 17kg which, for his first ever red, will take some beating for his new PB.

There are plenty of doggie mackerel about, although the majority of guys chasing them with just a floating pilly are missing out.

We have found that they are hanging very deep after being bitten off on bottom rigs.

It seems they are at nearly all the reefy rubble patches near the islands in reasonable numbers.

One guy who cracked the code scored a bag limit on live green back herring.

He was putting two of them on a 4/0 suicide with 100lb mono leader.

I would have thought it was a bit heavy but the results speak for themselves.

Other reports from the sports fishing guys was of big queenies doing the rounds of some of the local headlands and the islands.

David Pearson with a stonker red that went over 17kg and it was his first.
David Pearson with a stonker red that went over 17kg and it was his first.

One of the regular island fishers caught a queen that was around 10kg.

He said that the best feeling you can get is nailing one of these speedsters on light gear and the second best feeling is watching them swim away in very good nick ready to fight another day.

Black jew are in really good form of late as expected. About four days either side of the full or new moons is the prime time, although places like The Pinnacles they can turn up just as you start pulling a few grunter.

There are often negative comments on the eating quality of jewies.

Many years ago I was given some tips from well-known local fisherman Bill Bowtell (20-something years ago).

Big fish like jewies, cod and large barra are better filleted with the skin left on and packed flesh to flesh, skin out in a freezer bag.

The trick is to leave them for a week or so and after you defrost, skin them, cut the bloodline out and you end up with a quality feed.

You won't beat trout, hussar or jack, but it beats imported rubbish by a mile.

Muddies are still showing right around the area as some very nice buck were caught this week.

Things have slowed but there is still a decent feed to be had. Whiting are going well along the beaches and the creek mouths from the river heading north.

Keep an eye on the weather this weekend because the forecast is for a bit of a blow.

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