Cathy Cornwall with her 10kg trevally caught off Curtis Island late last year. The Gladstone Region has seen plenty of fish out on the bite this week.
Cathy Cornwall with her 10kg trevally caught off Curtis Island late last year. The Gladstone Region has seen plenty of fish out on the bite this week. Contributed

New moon brings fish out after cracker days

TOP SPOTS: For those who had an RDO Wednesday and Thursday, or maybe a convenient cough turned up, and to prevent the spread of disease, you chose to get away from everyone, and suffer in silence, with all your mates out on the "lonely" and featureless sea, then you would've had a cracker day on the water!

Looking out on Tuesday you could tell by lunchtime that things were on the improve close in and it only got better.

New Moon on Wednesday, and the fish really came on as one would expect for that time of the month.

The whole region has been fishing very well though right through the week.

The trevally species are moving in with golden and giant trevally being caught in the Boyne, the Calliope Rivers, Pancake Creek, and they have some size about them too.

I see that Wayne Magyar landed a real nice 57cm grunter in the harbour, meanwhile there's still some barra being picked up around the hot water outlet.

Serina Spindler, nabbed her first ever coral trout earlier in the week, and has a grin only a gob full of lemons would remove.

Spanish mackeral are quite thick on numbers as well especially around those coastal structures like Outer Rocks, Ethel, Seal Rocks, Jenny Lind Bank, Settlement Point, Sable Chief, Pearl Ledge, Black Head and up through to Rundle Island.

All of these spots especially Seal Rocks, Settlement Point and Sable Chief (half way along Facing Island) are very easy to get to with your average sized tinny.

There are a number of ways to attract these missiles with big teeth and they range from live bait suspended on a balloon floating out the back of the boat, through to trolling dead baits, lures both hard and soft bodied.

The one thing you do need to be aware of though is this fish's ability to either bite through your trace or smash your gear.

I see that there are some 25-30cm barra being caught on smaller lures.

Now these would be from this year's spawn and it's so nice to see then growing well.

Make sure you handle them with wet hands and cradle them so that they don't lose the slim on their scales and live to grow to legal size.

Plenty of muddies about at the moment as well, although you need to pick through the jennies to find the bucks. Grahams Creek and Flying Fox seem to be the most successful at present or is that because they are so close.

I was chatting with a mate, Kevin Bedford, who lives just around the corner from me.

He was playing host to some English folk, and showing them how to catch mudcrabs in the Boyne, but alas the muddies didn't want to play, well the legal ones anyway, because he was saying that some of the pots had a few but nothing of any size.

Looking to this weekend it looks as though that southerly cold blast is back with a vengeance mainly today and tonight then it should turn a south easterly direction and could strengthen even more with a front coming through Sunday evening through til Tuesday.

The open water doesn't look like it's on the menu for a while (at the time of writing) but lucky for us we have plenty of options.

Hopefully next week, the wind drops back enough for the first quarter of the moon phase bringing smaller tides and smoother seas… oh look.. a flying pig!



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