FISHING TAILS: Easter brings barra bonanza
WELL, the barramundi have been well and truly on the bite this week, with lots being caught in all of our local systems.
The mouth of the Fitzroy is fishing well for barramundi and salmon, while Coorooman Creek has been producing good numbers of average-size barramundi, along with grunter, fingermark and mangrove jack.
Causeway Lake fished well for barramundi and mangrove jack on the bigger tide last week but may not produce as well this week, with less run-through.
Corio Bay has been one of the best places for targeting a good solid barramundi. There are lots of fish being caught at present up to about the 1m mark.
For targeting barramundi, the hard body lures are most popular, along with soft plastics.
However, during a trip at the weekend with my son Ethan targeting barramundi, we used live prawn and mullet, casting into the structure lying in the creek. The result for the day was seven barramundi, keeping two nice, clean- eating size fish and two bust-offs by bigger fish.
Offshore has been producing a good number of catches too, and with the tides and weather looking great in the next few days, the Keppels and wider reef fishing spots should be firing.
Some mackerel have been caught in close, but not in great numbers. Out wider, the red emperor, red throat and coral trout will be a good goal and should be on the bite on the deeper reef marks.
A reminder when at the boat ramps in our area to be considerate of everyone using the facility. I've heard numerous complaints, which I'm forwarding to the appropriate authority.
If you're parked in a designated boat trailer park in a car, firstly it's inconsiderate and secondly it can cost you a $235 fine.
Groups like CQ BRAG are working with the local council and the State Government to secure better boating facilities for Central Queensland, like the Emu Park all-tide boat ramp, and community consultation is soon to start.
The Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club would like to invite all interested fishers to compete in the 2016 competition season, with classes including Estuary and Offshore weigh-in and the all new Junior and Senior Catch and Release/Sports fish class.
New members are welcome at $30 for a year's membership. With children under 16 years free to join, it is a cheap way to get the family involved in fishing.
The next weigh-in is happening on April 23 and 24 at 2pm at the Treehouse Tavern.
Entry forms are available from the tavern and rules and regulations can be viewed on the TTFFC Facebook page.