MASSIVE MUDDY: Mitch Powell with a 2.2kg mud crab caught at the top of the Narrows.
MASSIVE MUDDY: Mitch Powell with a 2.2kg mud crab caught at the top of the Narrows.

Fresh water run has fishing all fired up

HERE we are half way through December, and the year has almost gone.

Today I thought we'd take a quick look back over the year, to remind ourselves how good it is living here.

In the meantime, this past week has been interesting with the fresh water run-off, which has flushed the creeks, and drains, out of prawns, and crabs, plus it has fired up the likes of bream, whiting, jack, grunter, salmon and fingermark with all the tucker which has been washed down.

Many are talking about the numbers of mud crabs being caught with some empty while others are quite full.

I see Johnny Mitchell even got into the bread and butter species, like whiting, bream and a decent tarwhine, most caught on a peeled prawn.

This weekend will be pretty much like it is today, being strong northerlies, and storms, but on Sunday, we might've seen the end of it for a few days, with Sunday arvo, Monday and Tuesday morning being sunny, and more settled, but that's all at the time of writing this, so keep an eye on the forecast.

Nicole Price holding up a solid barra.
Nicole Price holding up a solid barra.

Speaking of Sunday VMR Gladstone are conducting their local knowledge session starting at 2pm at the VMR Gladstone rooms at the northern end of the Marina.

These sessions are invaluable as they show you were the best anchorages are and where the water remains when the tide is out right across our region.

If you are new to the region it is so important that you get along and become familiar with our region both off shore and onshore.

Johnny Mitchell plans to release his latest range of videos on this region and you should be able to buy these from local tackle shops.

They'd make the ideal Christmas present along with a ticket in the 20th edition of the Boyne Tannum HookUp at the discounted rate until January 31, 2015.

Ben Mitchell holds up his fingermark while brother Matthew shows a little disappointment in the background.
Ben Mitchell holds up his fingermark while brother Matthew shows a little disappointment in the background.

This event will be huge so make sure you are entered.

The first half of this year we saw some spectacular fish caught both inshore and offshore like the monster jewie caught by Zack Price which was caught up the Narrows last January.

It'd have to be the biggest jewie I have ever seen.

The likes of Bill O'Reilly, with his barra, and Johnny's young nephews Ben, and Matthew, as they fiercely competed for the biggest fingermark, have been all good examples of the quality of this region's fishing.

Plus we have the very keen angler Cathy "I can fish all night" Cornwall, with her 10kg trevally, or Steve Griffin with his monster GT which towed him all round the ocean.

Steve Griffin cradling a sensational GT.
Steve Griffin cradling a sensational GT.

Brisbane angler Robert Simmons with his mate Richard conned Mark Patton into taking them to his secret spot, and nabbed some mighty fine fish, which ended up on the plate in Brisbane, the next night.

The Price family love to go fishing, and Nicole landed a solid barra while up at Yellowpatch.

There are heaps more, and I might put them in next week's column.

In the meantime don't forget that the VMR local knowledge session is on this Sunday at 2pm, plus did you know that the maximum speed you are allowed to do in the harbour is 25 knots?

True story.



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