LOOK WHAT I CAUGHT: Ben Pole with his first barra and he played it like a pro.
LOOK WHAT I CAUGHT: Ben Pole with his first barra and he played it like a pro.

FISHING TAILS: Crabs, salmon and bream chewing in CQ

TIDES on the rise and conditions not very favourable for any offshore travel means that estuaries particularly crabbing should be a shot this weekend.

Crabs are on the increase and these tides are as good as they get. Coorooman Creek and Corio should be okay while The Fitzroy has had some beauties up as far as Gavial Creek.

King salmon are everywhere in the river, just ask the bounty boys. Soft plastics have killed everything else including live baits and prawns.

The trick to finding them is watching your sounder. Several of the guys fishing in the bounty told me that their screens were covered by fish especially around the town reaches.

One guy reckons there were so many salmon they couldn't get a lure down to the barramundi. Bream are another fish in fine form at Coorooman Creek, The Fitzroy and Corio Bay.

LITTLE BEAUTY: Connor Duffy from frogleys offshore with a little local barra.
LITTLE BEAUTY: Connor Duffy from frogleys offshore with a little local barra.

That means even spots like Rosslyn Bay Harbour, The Causeway Lake, Ross Creek and The Narrows will all be prime bream locations. Barramundi and fingermark are also in supply but they might take a little bit of work given the other fish on the chew everywhere.

The Barra Bounty once again proved to be a great success as it was fully booked out and has at least thirty teams with their names down waiting for others to drop out in future years. This outstanding tag and release comp helps fund barramundi fingerlings to be raised and stocked into the Fitzroy system.

Though barras were down a little on previous years, king salmon came to the fore with huge numbers over a large part of the river.

Some teams were so busy that they didn't have time to even phone in their catches for long periods.

Well done to all the organisers and all the competitors who all did their best to lift the growing profile of our area.

The WTF Barra Classic will be held from the 16th -18th of October. For more details go to the WTF Facebook page or ring 0429923243.

Come on ladies this is the perfect time to showcase your fishing talent, learn from those who are talented or just go along for fun.

I heard a whisper that the prizes are well worth the effort and I would love to win any one of them.

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 Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for any of our $50 random voucher draws.