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Fish primed for plenty of action with Reef Fin Fish closure

Sandfly Creek. Photo Contributed
Sandfly Creek. Photo Contributed Contributed

This Sunday being November 11 marks the first day of the second Reef Fin Fish closure of the year.

This commences at midnight of the 10th and concludes on midnight of the 15th of November.

This obviously falls in line with the new moon lunar phase, as did the last one where research has shown that many of the reef species conduct most of their breeding in these two lunar phases.

Coral Trout will turn up in their dozens to various aggregation zones around the reef system where the females will release their eggs and the males swim amongst the floating eggs fertilising them.

I have seen various programs on the "Plectropomus Leopardus" (Coral Trout) over the years and watch them gather ready for the big event and then it's like someone flicks a switch and the action happens very quickly.

Duplicating all of this in a controlled environment like an aquaculture farm has taken many years of trial and error but there are some hatcheries apparently which have discovered the trick, but the mind boggles as to how many dollars have been spent getting to this stage.

Obviously Trout aren't the only ones spawning as do Red Emperor, Sweetlip, and a multitude of other species.

This will not stop us fishing though! If any of you have been keeping an eye on the weather I have no doubt that you'll be out on the water first up in the morning heading to your favourite spot!

Off shore the weather is looking fairly favourable with the prospect of the wind hovering around the 10 knot mark and a sea just over the metre.

There could be a few showers but keep an eye on it.

Looking inshore the Bream are still thick as around all the structures which dot our shoreline line rocks, old jetties, logs, and mangroves.

The latest AFC programs have shown how the best fisherman catch big bream around the jetties, under moored boats, and in amongst the oyster farms.

Now we don't have Oyster farms up here but all you have to do is think like a fish, "now where will I get a feed?"

The likes of Flathead you will find on the lee of the sand banks waiting to nab or ambush something as it swims by.

Paul Jacklin, and myself, visited the sand bars down around Tongue Spit, which is at the southern end of Hummock Hill Island, south of Colosseum, and fishing with soft plastics certainly yielded good results.

The down side is that Flathead are NOT the top of the food chain as we found out after one decent lizard being pinched by a Mackeral or something bigger, because all we saw was a flash, and then red water.

This is an awesome time of the year to explore this region though like down at Sandfly Creek half way along Hummock Hill Island, or Pancake Creek which you can access from a bush track off the Turkey beach road then tinny the rest of the way but only at high tide.

You could even come through to Middle Creek from the Agnes Water road about 10 km out of Agnes on the main Miriam vale - Agnes road.

This camping spot is excellent for fishing and just enjoying the outdoors.

You will need a camping permit which is available through National parks on level 3 of the Centrepoint Building in Goondoon or visit them on line.

They also have info on camping out at North West Island as well so make sure you get heaps of info when you visit them.

Our front and all along the coast down through to Agnes water and 1770 the Mackeral are in excellent numbers.

Try trolling a nice fresh bait with decent trace or if you are around the channel markers float a pillie out on a set of Gangs with a slow retrieve.

Those using lures always have an excellent time when the doggies are around and I myself have used soft plastics but I reckon they only last for one or two fish and then you have to throw them away if you still have it.

The Cobia seem to be hanging around as well but trust me they do fight dirty wrapping your line around a channel marker if they can.

I have lost a few whoppers this way.

If you don't manage to get out it might be time to fix that boat or give it a clean out.

Xmas just around the corner and the tackle shops have their catalogues out now, with huge specials.

Until next week- hooroo,

Dags

Topics:  darryl branthwaite, fishing competition, gladstone fishing, middle creek, reef fin fish closure


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