Sandy Gibson out-fished Ellie Sanders in the Boyne this past week when he caught this nice barra.
Sandy Gibson out-fished Ellie Sanders in the Boyne this past week when he caught this nice barra. Contributed

Barra's 760km journey north

HAPPY Australia Day to you all for yesterday and, given the weather, a few would've taken advantage of the day off and wet a line.

Last Thursday there was an article focusing on Thomas Hayes and his fishing prowess in the Boyne River and also the harbour and the surrounding reefs like Masthead.

The article touched on a fish, a barra, which he'd tagged on February 9 last year at the spillway of Lake Awoonga.

Now dozens of fish were tagged, measured, inspected and then released into the system on this particular occasion and this particular fish, all 1050mm of it was recaptured 760km north of here, in the Ross River system at Townsville on August 31, 2011!

That is a remarkable journey for a fish, and to cover that in 203 days is nothing short of amazing!

In that time it hasn't grown anymore, still measuring 105cm, and I'm still shaking my head comprehending that trip. Maybe it'd watched Nemo and jumped on the east Australian current.

Just joking.

The Observer Boyne Tannum HookUp, which is on in June each year, has had a tagging program for many years and the stories of recaptures from that event is amazing like one big flathead that was caught at Seventeen Seventy and kept alive by an aerator in an esky all the way by road to Bray Park, measured, tagged and released once it had recovered, into the Boyne and six months later it was recaptured again down past Bundaberg!

So if you do happen to come across a fish with a tag in it remove the tag if you are keeping the fish, measure and weigh it, plus record where you caught it and give the folks at the Gladstone Sport Fishing Club a call to pass on the details.

If you are returning the fish back to the water the tag has a series of numbers on it, write them down with the details of the fish and also call it in.

I see Ellie Saunders along with her man Sandy Gibson were fishing at the Boyne River mouth last weekend when they landed this decent barra. A quick photo of it and returning it to the drink was the trick, but so nice to see fish in good condition after all the turmoil.

There are still some crook fish out there, so be careful handling them when you return them to the water.

The barra closure season is just about finished and next Wednesday, at midday, on the first of February you'll be able to keep your catch once again.

With all this rain about at the moment one would also think the crabs would be on the move to stay in the salt water so now is a great time to set those pots.

There are many reports of small crabs about and a lot of jennys so make sure you keep an eye on the sex and the size.

Out the front the fishing has been fairly good but not many have been able to venture out with all these storms passing through.

The first quarter of the lunar phase starts this weekend where the tides start dropping off or getting down to only a metre or so difference between high and low tides on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

With that scenario in play we only need the weather to drop out a tad to have a bash at the deeper fish.

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