Lachlan Joynson with his 9.4kg Barra caught in the Boyne Last weekend. Photo Contributed
Lachlan Joynson with his 9.4kg Barra caught in the Boyne Last weekend. Photo Contributed Contributed

Families share pointers on fishing and landing big catches

I CAN hear every one murmuring: "When is this wind going to go away? and "When is the rain going to ease up?"

Who knows, but the outlook is for more of the same for at least the next six or seven days, and maybe longer before the strong wind warning gets removed.

By that stage the fish out on the reef would've forgotten what a bait or a lure looks like as no one has been able to get out for weeks!

In the meantime, the fishing in the creeks and rivers has been dynamite with excellent catches of queenies, salmon, and barra reported.

Cathy "I can fish all night" Cornwell was chasing some salmon, and barra near the hot water outlet last weekend with her lad and landed this excellent queen fish.

Now, Cathy is a tiny little lady, and I have no doubt it would've put in a big fight, and she, being a determined fisher lady, would've been saying to herself: "Mate, you can run all you like but you ain't getting away from me!"

Apparently her lad caught a much bigger specimen, but didn't take a photo. Shame that.

Meanwhile, over on the Boyne River, young Lachlan Joynson, who is 13 years old and as keen as mustard, was on a roll!

His grandad, Stan Joynson, has been encouraging him to use lures instead of baits and over last weekend all his Christmases came at once with a 3kg blue salmon and then a 9.4kg barra, with his trusty 4-8kg Bass Tournament rod and Daiwa 3500T reel!

Lachlan Joynson with a 5kg Salmon caught on a lure in the Boyne Last Saturday. Photo Contributed
Lachlan Joynson with a 5kg Salmon caught on a lure in the Boyne Last Saturday. Photo Contributed Contributed

Young Lachlan is quite wise when it comes to not divulging, even to his grandad, where he caught these fish, but on Sunday he needed help carting this massive barra up the hill from the Boyne Tannum Bridge.

Two other chaps were watching when the barra hit the line, and said they were amazed at his skill when fighting this fish, and how he brought it in.

Getting our kids out fishing and enjoying is a big thing and passing on the knowledge is so important.

Sometimes it's not so much about big fish neither, as I used to take my two lads to the rocks in the middle of the river for a bream catch and release session with a single bag of prawns. The rules were that you had to catch and release as many as you could with that single bag of prawns, and no matter how hard I went, young Matthew would always be 4 or 5 fish in front once the bag was empty.

Kids have a very good feel when it comes to catching fish. It's pretty cool living in the Gladstone region when the fishing is so good.

Cathy Cornwell with an excellent Queenie caught in the Calliope River. Photo Contributed
Cathy Cornwell with an excellent Queenie caught in the Calliope River. Photo Contributed Contributed


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