Weather has been perfect for getting out to fish

ARMS FULL: Rick Jeff with his awesome GT caught beneath the Boyne River Bridge this week.
ARMS FULL: Rick Jeff with his awesome GT caught beneath the Boyne River Bridge this week.

HOW good have the last couple of weeks been with the weather?

Flat as... a fair bit of the time, but the last few evenings the wind has popped up during the night and settled back down in the daylight hours.

Right across this great region the fishing has been nothing short of incredible with excellent numbers of red's and pearl perch caught in the deep with one or two snodger (a Phippsy saying) lumpy snapper, while in close the creeks and rivers have been on fire, with plenty of flathead, summer whiting, and jack being caught from 1770 right through Turkey beach, 7 Mile, Mundoolin, Colosseum and into Wild Cattle.

Even though it's not the area just mentioned, it was good to see young Cooper Price take on the battle with this 63cm flathead last weekend.

The likes of the Boyne River and Toolooa Bends (South Trees) have been yielding some excellent grunter, and bream.

What about Rick Jeff's horse of a GT he caught under the Boyne River Bridge and this just goes to show you what can be lurking in these systems. Excellent angling, Rick!

At the top end of the Boyne, above the Benaraby (Turich-Mann) Bridge, there are some very active mangrove jack, grunter and the odd hungry barra, although the water must still be a wee bit chilly as they are slow on the uptake.

It's a different story in the Calliope River though, as the incoming tide picks up the outflow of the hot water outlet and like a hot water bottle warms that whole upstream river system and the fish become more active.

This week plenty of barra, most around the 800-900mm mark, have been landed along with good numbers of blue salmon.

Some of them are being caught on baits, but Craige Palmer appears to have their measure using soft plastics called Vibes.

Last Sunday they kept 13, plus a nice flathead.

Over the next few days hopefully the evenings will start to warm up a little.

The last quarter lunar phase is on this weekend too so the fishing right across the region should be pretty good.

Johnny Mitchell is about to commence his Fishing Master Class sessions both live, and also online with various packages available.

Over the next week or so this website will become live and all will be revealed.

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