KING CATCH: Kylie Anne Batey scored this fine king salmon near Nerimbera.
KING CATCH: Kylie Anne Batey scored this fine king salmon near Nerimbera.

Weekend chance for a feed of reefies

THE wind this weekend is ranging from five to 10 knots over both days before picking up a bit on Sunday afternoon.

It should give ample opportunity to get out and score a feed of reefies if it holds true. Just about all the common reefies from red emperor, largemouth nannygai, coral trout, redthroat, grassies, bluetooth and cod have been on the chew. Most of the local patches are working but, once the whales and big schools of dolphins start hanging around, it is time for a shift. From all reports, there is more whale activity now as they are heading south again than previous months. One lot of anglers hit Flat and Perforated and couldn't get a bite while the whales and dolphins kept circling their boat. There are still plenty of spanish and doggie mackerel around particularly around the wider Keppels. Several of the patches just out from the islands are swarming with doggies.

The estuaries are going great with flathead, bream, whiting, salmon and barramundi. The big flatties are starting to move towards the front of the estuaries for spawning this month.

Be careful with the bigger fish, which are mainly females because they are already starting to roe up. The Fitzroy is producing numbers of big barras and quite a few king salmon. There are a few crabs about for those willing to put in the effort.

The Emu Park Fishing Classic is definitely going ahead. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks. At present registrations are open on the website only for the inaugural Emu Park Fishing Classic. https://emuparkfishingclassic.com.au/

You will need to get in early as this competition has a limited number of entries. Anyone who is interested in the Emu Park Fishing Classic there will be a sign on day this Sunday at Emus Beach Resort. They also have some exiting news to update this coming week with the website release and new sponsors details. Please share this with your family and friends.

THE WTF Women That Fish Barra Classic 2017 event will be held from September 28-30. THE WTF Women That Fish Barra Classic a not-for-profit tournament founded in 2012 with a focus on empowering women and encouraging them into the world of angling.

This event is held annually on the mighty Fitzroy River at Rockhampton and attracts a range of anglers from novice to experienced.

This women-only event has a strong focus on safety and environmental sustainability, including catch and release philosophies. For more information, visit the Facebook page or contact Sara Van Haeren on 0429 923 243 or rvanharen@bigpond.com

WTF - Women That Fish Barra Classic is being held this year on the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton. Briefing night is on September 28 and presentations on September 30 at the Riverside Tourist Caravan Van Park. Expressions of interest contact Shara VanHaeren via womenthatfish2012@hotmail.com

Thanks to Bluefin Sports, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine and Cooee Bay Marine, the locals who not only support the fishing column but also the fishing and boating community across the whole of CQ.

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for next $50 voucher draw.



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