COLOURFUL CATCHES: Jack Irish with a nice double header, nannygai and coral trout.
COLOURFUL CATCHES: Jack Irish with a nice double header, nannygai and coral trout.

Top time to fill the eskies with offshore catch

OFFSHORE fishing has been sensational in the past few weeks and this week looks just as good if the current forecast holds.

The fish are on the bite, with good numbers of reef fish being caught at present. Coral trout are around the Keppels, and the odd snapper and good numbers of mackerel have kept the local fishermen busy over the past few weeks.

Further offshore some nice red emperor, nannygai and red throat have been filling the eskies.

Spanish mackerel are out there in numbers and some good size about them with a few up to 30kg getting caught but loads of 10kg models for the guys targeting them with troll baits and deep diving lures.

Estuary fishing this year has seen a non-stop supply of fish in the river and coastal creeks on the back of the net-free zones, barramundi and salmon have been caught all through the colder weather this season and it is shaping up to be a great year ahead.

Some great flathead are biting in Corio and Coorooman Creek at present on live herring and lures presented in the shallow gutters and drains.

The Emu Park Fishing Classic will be held at the Pine Beach Hotel on September 22, 23 and 24, with proceeds going to three great organisations - Capricorn Helicopter Rescue, Coastgaurd and SES.

A sign-up day will be held for the Emu Park Fishing Classic at Emus Beach Resort on August 13 from noon to 6pm.

It's a chance to sign up, with food and drinks available and lucky door prizes, meet the committee and some of the sponsors ahead of the first ever Emu Park Fishing Classic.

The Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club's next competition will be held on August 26 and 27, with the weigh-in at the Treehouse Tavern at 2pm on the Sunday.

Rules and regulations are on the TTFFC Facebook page.