TERRIFIC TROUT: Fabian Sutton scored this nice trout not far offshore.
TERRIFIC TROUT: Fabian Sutton scored this nice trout not far offshore.

CAPRICORNIA FISHING: Weather ideal for Keppel catch

IT LOOKS like a fair weekend to score a fish or even some crabs.

The temperatures should be down slightly on the past couple of days and there doesn't appear to be much in the way of rain.

If the weather stays as predicted, there are plenty of options for the fisher wanting mackerel or reefies. Several top catches were made in the last few days by guys not going that far beyond the islands.

The closer rubble patches have been turning up some very nice nannies and sweeties.

My bearings needed doing.
My bearings needed doing.

There were some decent grunter at the spots heading north including The Rama and The Pinnacles. One crew even scored a pair of legal red emperor just off Manifold. Keep an eye on the latest forecasts before heading too far.

Decent size high tides will suit the crabbers and from all reports there are a few about.

The bottom end of The Fitzroy, The Narrows, Pumpkin Creek, Coorooman Creek, The Causeway, Ross Creek and Corio, have all produced quality this week. Be sure to have enough rope on your pots and make sure they wont get washed away in the tide. Last week we were up at Corio over the low tide and there must have been a dozen or so pots tangled in the low mangrove branches below a normal low tide.

The floats were not visible for very long before they were covered by the incoming tide.

Lots of times the share farmers get the blame when it could be just operator error.

Fishing has been a little hard in the past week or so but things now appear to be on the improve.

There is quite a lot of activity in the estuaries with grunter, bream, salmon, barra, mangrove jack, flathead and cod caught this week.

Scott Lynch with fine little barra from the river
Scott Lynch with fine little barra from the river

The town reaches of the river surprisingly have still shown the odd barramundi for the guys who worked very hard to get them. We were not getting much the previous trip when one of the boys gets a metal blade out of the tackle box to try. First drop and two small jigs he got a decent hit.

He persisted and landed three grunter from four drops. Though they weren't record breaking fish, it proves that grunter will take just about anything if presented to them in the right way. Queenies and some very nice sized whiting have been haunting the beaches over at Keppel. There are plenty of options over there and this weather is perfect for a Keppel outing with the family.

Last week I mentioned that it would be a great idea to check your trailer bearings etc while conditions weren't real good for fishing.

JUICY JACK: Coby Pascoe with a Corio Bay jack he slow jigged on soft plastic.
JUICY JACK: Coby Pascoe with a Corio Bay jack he slow jigged on soft plastic.

Well it came back and bit me; as we were turning into the Corbett's turnoff I noticed a trailer wheel was wobbling.

Luckily I saw it before any damage was done and my decky had a spare set of bearings with grease at his place.

The inconvenience of doing the job roadside will make me check the other boats before leaving next time.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle, 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 the next $50 voucher draw



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