Johnny Mitchell with a nice barramundi, which will be back in season starting midday Sunday.
Johnny Mitchell with a nice barramundi, which will be back in season starting midday Sunday.

Australia Day weekend didn't disappoint on water

AUSTRALIA Day long weekend certainly did not disappoint us when it came to the weather on the day itself, with the breeze dropping right out across the region.

Although looking at the front page of Thursday's Observer there was a rather large storm cell which smashed into those out at Wistari Reef.

I think we can all appreciate how frightening these systems can be and a couple of weeks ago I did make mention of having a plan as they can be very, very intense with +50 knot winds, with water being whipped up off the sea.

Very pleased that everyone came through unscathed, but also with a lot more appreciation of the strength of these types of weather systems.

Apart from that, though, many enjoyed their time out on the water with some excellent trout caught along with some solid red throat and the odd mackerel.

I see that some have caught the odd mackerel fingerling (spanish and grey) with these being around 100mm in size.

Cool to see and hopefully over the next couple of months we'll see lots of little barra in the creeks and rivers right through our region.

You can often spot them in and around Auckland creek.

Talking about barra, the season reopens at midday on Sunday.

I can nearly hear you cheering.

Zane Read showing off a great king or threadfin salmon.
Zane Read showing off a great king or threadfin salmon.

With the water now falling over the spillway up at Awoonga there is a lot of fresh water now in the Boyne and from what I can make out only the really big high tides have been putting any salt back into the system.

On an incoming tide also keep in your mind that the fresh water out of the Boyne River will be flowing up into the harbour which will affect the species which you might be chasing.

Up through the narrows the system hasn't been affected as much as the

harbour end of the equation and good numbers of threadfin or king salmon are being caught, along with plenty of bream, grunter, and some cod.

Down around Colosseum those chasing mangrove jack and summer whiting have also been doing well and that continues right around through Mundoolin Seven Mile and into Rodds Harbour and Turkey.

This last bit of rain really has flushed out the bait from the little creeks and now the fringes of those areas along with the structure in the open have been productive.

TOP CATCH: A 12kg spanish mackerel caught by Joshua Holbert at last year’s Boyne Tannum HookUp.
TOP CATCH: A 12kg spanish mackerel caught by Joshua Holbert at last year’s Boyne Tannum HookUp. Ebony Battersby And Contributed

As far as crabbing goes, I doubt there are any left in the Boyne with all the fresh water in it but further up in Grahams, Flying Fox, Targinnie and up past the crossing things have been very good.

This weekend we see the tides building again for the full moon lunar phase mid next week, and the weather prediction for Sunday is looking sensational with maybe 5-10 knot south easterlies after lunch.

The Boyne Tannum Hook Up entry discounts end tomorrow and if you have a family this could mean some pretty cool savings.

Slip onto their website www.boynetannumhookup.com.au and enter from home.

Finally, tomorrow is election day and it's your opportunity to put a tick or a number against the person you would like to see represent our region.

Make sure yours counts and don't miss out.

Have an awesome weekend in the Gladstone region.



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