BIG RED: James Seabrook with his first keeper red emperor scored just wide of Yeppoon.
BIG RED: James Seabrook with his first keeper red emperor scored just wide of Yeppoon.

Top quality catches snapped up in CQ waters

EARLY this week, offshore fishing reported everything from spanish mackerel to red emperor all at some of the closer grounds.

One crew got brag quality reds not far past the islands in country you would never expect to find them.

The trick is to watch your sounder and note the features.

If there is any amount of bait fish there, it could be worth a drop.

Lots of other reefies have also been on the chew and weather prevailing the next few weeks should be pretty decent.

There were some of the best doggies and spotties you could hope for at Barren and quite a number of locations around the area.

Ethan Robertson from TTFFC with a fine local doggy.
Ethan Robertson from TTFFC with a fine local doggy.

Cobia have again started to flock to many of the offshore areas and as usual it is generally the guys targeting mackerel who get on to them first.

They can be quite annoying at times, particularly when you have other species in your sights.

However, cobia are one of the best BBQ fish around for a few reasons, including the quality of their flesh and the size of the fillets.

Just be careful, don't overcook it and most people will come back for more.

With forecasts of 15-25 knots for the weekend and at least the first part of next week, it looks like estuaries are the safer option for the desperadoes to get their fix.

Although you still need to find a spot out of the blow, there will be fish available.

This week there were some top barramundi in the town reaches and at lots of other spots heading downstream to Port Alma and some of the other systems such as Coorooman Creek and Corio.

Things will change quite a bit with the wind and they won't be chewing so aggressively.

But they still have to eat sometime.

Flathead are another species going hard at present, just remember that they are gathering for spawning over the next month or so.

Steve Batey with a nice local red emperor
Steve Batey with a nice local red emperor

They gather in areas around creek mouths and channel, so make sure you don't give them a caning and leave them to get on with the job of creating the next generation.

Whiting have been in decent numbers at various locations this week, including the banks at the mouth of Coorooman Creek.

A few Keppel Sands locals scored a very nice feed in a short time with live yabbies.

The beaches heading towards the river mouth, Long Beach and Rundles Beach are great whiting beaches, providing you watch the tides and beware of the soft spots.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com.

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The next draw will be this coming week so get your photos in and anyone who sent in a picture over the last month stands a chance of their name coming out of the hat.



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