RED ALERT: Andrew Harrison with his first legal red he landed prior to the blow.
RED ALERT: Andrew Harrison with his first legal red he landed prior to the blow.

2017 Rocky Barra Bounty teams numbers expanded

FISHING the past week or so has been fairly tough for most. There has been a few barra, mudcrabs and king salmon around the estuaries and bottom end of the river.

There has also been a few mangrove jack in various spots this week.

Offshore fishing has been non-existent and the forecast doesn't show anything good before next Wednesday. That means I can get some info out without taking too much space.

The 2017 Gracemere Hotel Rocky Barra Bounty will be held between 26-28 October across the Fitzroy Keppel Net Free Zone boundaries.

"This 2017 Bounty is the 18th Bounty and in keeping with 'coming of age' there have been some major changes to the event,” said Event Organiser, Bill Sawynok.

"The big change to nominations is that it is now open to the first 80 teams of two fishers who nominate. Previously the list has been capped at 60 teams, however this year this has been expanded to 80 teams. Nominations will open at 6am on Tuesday, May 2 and will close as soon as the 80 places have been filled” he added.

"To remain relevant, we must grow and reflect the community in which we operate”, Bill added.

"We were able to expand the number of teams as the event is now conducted over the Fitzroy/Keppel Net Free Zone and not only in the Fitzroy and the latest in catch reporting methods is used to maintain a live online scoreboard, so supporters can keep up to date with how their teams are performing.

"The Rocky Barra Bounty was first held in 1999 and proceeds have been used to enhance the Fitzroy fishery. Promoting the Fitzroy will continue to be a prime focus of the event as well as establishing a rigorous base line of data on the state of the fishery in the Net Free Zone” Bill said.

Nominations will be via a link on the Bounty website

Details will also be on the Rocky Barra Bounty Facebook page. For further information call Bill Sawynok 0417 075 277

Coast Guard Yeppoon had crews ready at the Rosslyn Bay base all Easter weekend. Strong winds and choppy seas kept most boaties at home and there were only two requests for assistance.

On Sunday, a five and a half metre centre console vessel with 3 POB called on the radio for help after breaking down north of Corio Bay. Gormans Removals Rescue performed a slow tow in the rough seas.

On Sunday, a 26 foot trailer sailer called by radio from Statue Bay after running out of fuel and being unable to enter the harbour against the SE wind. Gormans Removals Rescue took them fuel for the run into the harbour.

There was a false alarm on Monday when a boat heading past Miall Island called to report a 45ft boat drifting without any sign of crew.

After circling the boat they came alongside and found the sole occupant asleep on the foredeck.

After waking up, he started his boat and headed away. This is part of why we need to support all the coast guard and air sea rescue teams along the coast.

Thanks to Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, Bluefin Sports, 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.

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