Plenty of fish about as holidays heat up

WITH school holidays now in full swing we had a great start to the week. Monday and Tuesday turned it on with some great weather before the wind picked up on Tuesday afternoon.

Over the past week we have had several reports of good mangrove jack coming from the creeks along with the odd barramundi.

It is important to remember that November 1 to February 1 is the closed season for barramundi.

If caught during this time the fish must be released as soon as possible to reduce stress during spawning season.

Flathead are about in good numbers with one report of a 72cm model being caught earlier in the week.

The neap tides earlier in the week provided an opportunity for hitting areas like Bluff Reef and Teebar Ledge.

Reports of estuary cod, parrot and morwong being caught through the day. Morwong get a pretty bad rap as being poor eating but if bled on capture they can be pretty good.

Around Inskip Point we have reports of spotty mackerel responding to chrome slugs. Queenfish and trevally around Big Mick.

The shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay have been fishing well for squire with the best results coming from the low light periods around dusk and dawn.


On the Baitrunner with Tony Stewart

Baitrunner only had the one trip offshore this week in perfect weather conditions last Tuesday.

We checked the run eight miles out and it was perfect so headed out wide only to find the current running at one knot.

Not having a full crew, we were able to mainly drift but the bite was slow until about noon when we found a patch of pearlies that were hungry.

Other species landed were parrot, Moses perch, hussar and the odd squire.

Most went home with half a dozen fish and I didn't here of any better reports for the day.

Hopefully, leading to the full and new moons, the bite will improve.

The weather ahead looks like more southeasters, which are better than northerlies.

Let's hope they are not 20 knots.

Till next week, good fishing and to all those who supported us this year, we wish you a happy holiday period.

Gympie Times

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