FISHING TALES: Salmon up for grabs at creeks and harbour

YEP, you better believe it, after a great couple of days of boss's weather it is going to blow hard for the weekend.

So once again we are restricted to the quieter water of the estuaries and sheltered spots in the river.

The estuary fishing lately has picked up a bit after a slow end to the previous couple of weeks.

The winter fish from bream, whiting, trevally, grunter and salmon to flathead are all starting to show a bit of form.

In all the estuaries at the moment are stacks of steelbacks or flat salmon depending on where you come from. Steelies are a smaller fish that will attack lures or live baits with gusto.

Mick Jones with a nice Little Creek fingermark.
Mick Jones with a nice Little Creek fingermark.

I like to pick up a couple for something different on the barbecue when we have guests but most of all I use the mid-sized fish for troll baits.

They can be a little hard to get swimming properly if you haven't done it before, so use a troll head or wog to make it easier. Another tip is to run your hooks through the side of the fish, either right down the bottom along the belly or right across the top under the dorsal fins. This ensures a good hook-up rate when a mackerel hits it.

Blue salmon have started to school around the local creek mouths.

They travel up the beaches, usually flogging the schools of greenbacks or yorky herrings. Once inside the estuaries, they cover the yabby beds like a swarm.

Out on the beaches or in the surf gutters up towards Corio, we use pillies on gang hooks, working the frothy edges where the white water drops into the deeper channels. In the creeks and yabby beds it is best to use live prawns or yabbies.

Chris Annison submitted this image via The Bulletin's website: Nice Spanish mackerel caught this month
Chris Annison submitted this image via The Bulletin's website: Nice Spanish mackerel caught this month CONTRIBUTED

Both of these livies should be hooked through the joint of the second segment from the tail.

This allows the baits to stay alive for as long as you need them to and still have free movement to attract the predators.

Chrome slugs or flashas are a very good option, especially when they are smashing the herring schools at spots at the mouth of the harbour or Ross Creek.

Plastics are probably the best all-round lure these days and salmon will take any of the natural-looking prawn-style and vibes.

This time of year the bigger salmon patrol the harbour with the tides.

They usually circle the wharf area from the fuel wharf and down among The Keppel cats.

In recent times we have tried all methods from pillies to lures and the results are pretty well even.

David Pearson with his first red emperor it weighed 17.8kg. He caught it out near Goodwin Shoals east of Yeppoon.
David Pearson with his first red emperor it weighed 17.8kg. He caught it out near Goodwin Shoals east of Yeppoon. CONTRIBUTED

My computer had a fit this week and I couldn't retrieve all the names for the lucky draw in time for this week's column so it will be put back to next week. All the fish caught in the past month or so and sent into me or shared in FB with me are eligible and you can still enter by getting pictures to me before Wednesday next week.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, the Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot and Kalka Bait and Tackle, which are 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 any of our $50 random voucher draws.



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