Countdown is on until it's time to chase the barra again

TWO weeks from tomorrow, being Saturday the "one-th" of February, at midday, barra are back on the menu.

Over the next couple of weeks I reckon many of you will be out and about checking on your sounder where they are actually sitting and trust me you don't have to go far to find them.

In fact you hardly have to leave Auckland Creek.

In saying that though there is something about packing up the tinnie with a couple of lunches and a few refreshments, slopping on the insect repellent, heading up the harbour to a secluded creek, to a remote rocky ledge or some fallen trees, and flicking some lures about without anyone else around.

Others rather like the social aspect and for those who venture up to Keppel Creek or Yellowpatch I would be setting the challenge of not only the numbers but the total length caught in a day or a session, or whatever.

What line you caught them on or how many barra can one soft plastic catch?

All these things make up an awesome time in this amazing region we have here.

Barra will be caught right across the region from Sea Hill right down through to Seventeen Seventy and beyond although they start to maybe get a little thinner in numbers the further south you go.

The barra that were escapees from the dam are now part of the brood stock of the region and within a couple of months I have no doubt that you will see many baby barra in the system.

At present with this wind blowing like it has there haven't been the big numbers of fish caught although I see that there are plenty targeting the muddies and also prawns as the harbour and the surrounding system is lousy with them.

Craig Griffiths with a big barra.
Craig Griffiths with a big barra. Contributed

The full moon tides has also allowed many to get those pots right up the tops of the creeks and drains where you normally can't get to.

The weather for this weekend is starting to show a little promise with the wind starting to drop out on Sunday and in the afternoon it should be back around the 10 knot mark.

Monday will be the day to head out to the wild blue yonder as the forecast is for it to drop right out during the day as the system changes from a north-westerly in the morning back to a north-easterly in the afternoon.

Tuesday and Wednesday don't look too bad at the moment either, although in the evenings it looks as though the breeze will pick up a little, and then drop back.

Keep an eye on it though as well as those storms that have been cruising through the region.

Those without a boat and looking to keep the kids active should seriously look at paying for a beach permit and heading up Lillies Beach with the kids.

There are plenty of summer whiting about at the moment and most are right where the water breaks 4m off the beach.

Those looking to slip over to the Oaks for a bit of a fish should be enjoying what that place has to offer from summeries, to decent bream, flathead, black spotted tusk fish (otherwise known as blueies), the odd trout and sweetlip and also some mackerel which are right across the region at present.

Down at Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy the reports of lines and lines of boat trailers along the side of the road when the weather turns right will probably be happening again this weekend.

Offshore from there the close reefs have been yielding good numbers of reds, trout, and sweetlip along with excellent mackerel.

In the creek people are still getting into the flathead and whiting.

This is a magic time of the year to be out and about with the kids, as we do live in an incredibly diverse region not only for boating but even taking 4WD trips.

Curtis and Facing Island are on our doorstep and just a barge trip away but also Middle Creek, Pancake Creek or just up the Lillies with the kids.

Get out and explore and if you find where all those barra are held up please let me know. I promise not to tell anyone. Look a flying pig!



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