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Top spots: Crabbing hit and miss, but check out Baffle Creek

Sean Corbet with Glen Conner show off their three quality reds.
Sean Corbet with Glen Conner show off their three quality reds. contributed

THE spring months of September and October certainly are the two months where things start to happen - when we see the water temps begin to rise not only in the salt but also in local impoundments such as Lake Awoonga, Cania Dam and also Callide Dam.

Last week I mentioned that the barra have been on the chew out at Awoonga and I nearly got shot down by those hoping to keep the place to themselves.

All in good fun though as this and the other two dams, whilst not as big as Awoonga, are holding some pretty good barra (Callide and Awoonga) while Cania and Callide have an excellent native fish stocking program happening with bass in Cania and yellow belly and others in Callide.

Callide have their Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic on October 24-25 with free camping in some designated spots opening up on the 23rd.

I know Banana Shire Council have been doing a bit of work on this so it should be a cracker weekend.

For more info nomination forms are available from Biloela Tools, and Bearing 4X4 or else visit their Facebook page called Callide Valley Native Fish Stocking Association.

Lake Awoonga though is really firing up, especially these past few days with the massive full moon early in the evening. Give it a crack!

Looking at the salt now, those who were lucky enough to venture out wide found the going a bit hit and miss with many just undersize reds caught, but still coming home with a feed.

And then we have Baz Homeyard just showing off the coral trout he caught on Wednesday's little excursion, plus Glen Joynson took a snap shot of his sounder which showed a heap of reds on the bottom at 35 metres.

Closer to shore the harbour system has been really going off with the bream coming on the chew along the bottom end of Curtis from Hamilton Point, behind Tide Island, right along those points like Boat shed, and the top end of Turtle Island, and through to Enfield Creek, which really flies under the radar as far as creeks are concerned.

This excellent system is what I would call the nursery of the harbour, even though there are a myriad of places which are similar.

Moving quietly through this creek you will see thousands of bait fish scooting out of the way and you can really get an appreciation why the south end of Curtis Island is in such good nick and producing quality bream, grunter, barra and salmon.

Further up through the Narrows the dirty estuarine water is home to the big threadfin salmon, also known as king salmon, and as we have seen in the past these come in a variety of colours from a bright yellow through to the ones caught in the Boyne recently which were more a grey colour.

The one thing they have in common is they all turn white when they are lying on my dinner plate served at around 80 deg with a wee squeeze of lemon over them… just yum!

The crabbing is a little bit hit and miss at the moment and makes you wonder if the breeders aren't off out to sea doing their thing at present, leaving the little fellas and girls to look after the fort.

In Johnny Mitchell's film The Mud Crab he mentions this breeding cycle and actually states that the ladies don't really need old mate for up to three years - yup you read correctly three years!

For those looking at heading out this weekend the weather looks great, if you are a surfer!

The 2.5-3m sea predicted is mighty good for Agnes but in close in the sheltered waterways is going to be the go.

The tides are getting smaller right through until next week but over the weekend suss out the entries to those drains and creeks which are dry at low tide.

Quite often when the tide is just about to move back up into them the fish are sitting there or nearby waiting.

Long weekend this weekend and if you are not doing anything and couldn't give a rats about the footy then slip down to Baffle Creek and give that a go.

Plenty of camping areas down that way or even slip down for the day. Nice spot and part of our region.

October 10-14 is the first reef fin fish closure.

 

Hooroo, Dags

Topics:  fishing outdoor-living top spots with darryl branthwaite



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