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Size is down a bit but big fish are still being caught

Gladfish volunteer John Platten talks to HookUp anglers. Photo Scott Sawyer / The Observer
Gladfish volunteer John Platten talks to HookUp anglers. Photo Scott Sawyer / The Observer Scott Sawyer

WHILE they may not be as big as last year and not quite as plentiful, there are still some large fish being snaffled by fishers in this year's HookUp.

That was the message from Gladfish surveying volunteer John Platten, who has been working at the power station boat ramp on the Calliope River since Friday, analysing catch sizes, rates and number of fish being caught.

"Catch rates this year have been down a little, but there's still been some good fish caught," Mr Platten said.

"Quite a few good-sized barramundi and some good grunter. Most people are catching fish but by far the majority of it is being let go. There's been plenty of crabs though."

Operating since 1996, Mr Platten's organisation works to assess the catches of fishermen in the HookUp.

He said there were still some sizeable fish being landed by anglers.

"I guess they're not as big as last year, but sort of 93-94cm. There's been a couple around that size and a number over 80cm so they're good-sized fish," he said.

Mr Platten said he'd seen well over 120 anglers heading out from the power station ramp, as of about 11am on Saturday.

"I suppose yesterday (Friday) I would've surveyed about 60 people and I would've had that already today (by about 11am) so there's a lot more people here today," he said.

While westerly winds were working against local fishermen and women, Mr Platten said the amount of fish being caught so far this year was similar to 1996 levels.

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