RED ALERT: Pete Lethbridge with a fine Stanage Bay red emperor taken when the weather was a bit more pleasant.
RED ALERT: Pete Lethbridge with a fine Stanage Bay red emperor taken when the weather was a bit more pleasant. Contributed

More weather, head for shelter this weekend

THE estuary anglers get the pick of options again as the forecast is upwards of 15knots for the majority of the weekend.

It could ease a little Sunday afternoon and back up to the 20s by Tuesday if all the predictions are correct.

This week there were a number of quality fish taken in the river and most of the coastal creeks.

Barramundi, grunter, salmon, whiting and flathead were all doing well, but bream, as to be expected, are leading the way in quantity everywhere.

Bream love a variety of situations from rock bars to mangrove edges, pontoons, moored boats, jetties and fallen trees.

They will often work an area over moving into the shallow bays with the rising tide picking any little scraps and unwary critters in their path.

They are one species that will travel some distance to find a source of a scent which makes them vulnerable to the use of berley.

Small plastics or hard bodies both work well although the dyed in the wool bream fishers use baits.

These are mostly from flesh strips, mullet gut, prawns, yabbies, worms, plus one or two home-grown recipes that include cheese and kerosene.

Remember bream take many years to reach legal size so small fish should be released with extreme care and only take enough for a feed.

There is no need to smash them to oblivion.

This time of year is a great period to walk the banks of the local creeks and estuaries, especially The Causeway Lake.

There is always plenty of fish about and the proximity to the shop and play equipment makes it a one of the top spots for the family.

This week I was passing by as a couple of young blokes nailed a decent grunter right in front of the boat ramp on the northern side.

They were telling me about all the different fish they had caught in recent times and said that there was generally fish feeding much of the time there.

I prefer the "run-through" which is a rising tide over 3.6m that floods over the causeway and gets everything in the lake stirred up.

Remember all the fishing comps coming up; first of all The Yeppoon Coast Guard's Tight Lines is on Friday to Sunday, August 29-31.

Your contributions are truly appreciated.

Then The Women That Fish Barra Classic is on September 4-6, and last but not least The Barra Bounty.

I will have more details again next week on all these with a bit more about the Bounty.

Thanks again to Kalka Bait and Tackle, Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com. Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for next $50 voucher draw.



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