Past week has been glorious on the water, with fish biting

Nicole Price holding up a solid Barra before it was released and swam off.
Nicole Price holding up a solid Barra before it was released and swam off. Contributed

HOW nice is it to see the new VMR Gladstone building up and running and at a cost of $6 million. Doesn't seem to go far these days, does it?

Nevertheless it's a fantastic asset to our community and if you don't belong to this organisation and you go boating then I reckon you have rocks in your head.

The past week has been nothing short of glorious out on the water, well maybe not Tuesday, or Wednesday but before that the trailer parks at the boat ramps were chockas and many were able to get out on to the wild blue yonder.

Last Saturday saw one of the biggest tides of the year but certainly not quite as big as we have seen in the past.

Many took full advantage of it by getting those crab pots right up into the tops of the creeks while some fished the culverts on the run out tide along Toolooa Bends as much food was being washed down from areas up those gullies which hadn't had water in them for a while.

The bream and jack were certainly on, inhaling anything that was washed down.

Nicole Price, all dressed in pink, complete with pink rod, managed to latch on to an awesome barra as you can see in the photo but was just as delighted to see it swim off after the photo.

Not long to go now (February 1 at noon) until you'll again be able to keep these.

Many folk have reported that barra fingerlings have been spotted this past week after hatching out and over the next few years you will see this fishery in Gladstone Harbour be a mecca for legal barra. How exciting is that?

Others ventured out to the reef like Brad Anderson and some of his friends who fished around Masthead coming home with a really nice bag of sweetlip. He tells me they didn't get a trout nor a red which was disappointing, but came home at 34 knots, as it was that nice.

Meantime Tim Van Itallie and friends from Biloela went out from Seventeen Seventy to Boult Reef where they landed these four along with others but one weighed in at 13kg.

This weekend we have the first quarter of the moon phase and the tidal run drops right out to around 1-1.5m between high and low. It's a great opportunity to fish the deeper stuff without the massive current.

The only thing which may pull you up is the weather. This morning looks totally awesome and the wind drops right out tonight according to seabreeze website, popping back up to around 10 knots overnight and dropping off slightly Sunday morning, but showers are forecast for later that day.

If you don't manage to get out the harbour is still alive with fish especially Lillies beach for whiting, Calliope River for jack, grunter, and the odd salmon.

Pancake Creek and Yellow Patch are also pretty hot as far as whiting, flathead, bream and crabs are concerned.

There are still good numbers of mackerel being caught along the front of facing and flicking some lures into the shallows, in amongst the rocks and coral, has been producing some good coral trout.

A little bit of rain over the next week in front of us but it might stir up the fish in those creeks so use your sounder to find out where they are hiding.

Until next week, fish hard or go home.

Brad Andersons catch from Masthead over the weekend.
Brad Andersons catch from Masthead over the weekend. Contributed

Topics:  fishing, fishing column, gladstone boating, top spots with darryl branthwaite



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