Catch quota of win­ter whit­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Towns & Country - By BENN GRA­HAM, SEREN­ITY COVE CAFE, WOODGATE BEACH

THE cold snap that came through early last week has brought the win­ter whit­ing to­gether in num­bers with some great catches to be had.

Al­though there is no great size in win­ter whit­ing, you can now get your bag lim­its in about 45 mins if you are right on top of the patch in your boat.

For those beach fish­er­man you may have to work a lit­tle harder to get your quota and my tip would be to try the gut­ters at the mouth of Theodo­lite Creek or if you have ac­cess to a 4WD to run up the beach and fish the gut­ters in the Bur­rum River.

Snap­per are also on the move with some great catches on the in­shore reefs with small whole squid or pilchard pieces prov­ing to be the best baits.

Once again the Z-MAN soft plas­tics are show­ing to be a real hit, with the snap­per tak­ing a lik­ing to the 3” Min­nowz (baby bass) with a 2/0 chin­lockz hooks or for you big­ger fish the 8” Streakz (baby bass) with a 1/4oz 2/0 hook in the tour­na­ment range.

The wa­ter has cooled down a frac­tion around the rivers and creeks but the mud crabs are still very thick in num­bers and are also quite full.

War­ren Sirl of Bund­aberg re­cently caught two beau­ties in the Bur­rum River.

“I de­cided to throw a pot in of the bank whilst I was hav­ing a fish and was sur­prised to find two good size mud­dies had found their way into the pot in less than one hour,” he said. War­ren de­cided to leave the crab pot in overnight and as a re­sult he was able to add an ex­tra three crabs to his catch. (see photo).

Over the next com­ing weeks the weather is shap­ing up to be fan­tas­tic with the ma­jor­ity of the winds com­ing from the W, S/W which will have the wa­ters at Woodgate beach look­ing like a lake. So take the op­por­tu­nity and bring the boat down for a fish or just a day out with fam­ily cruis­ing the wa­ter.

For any in­for­ma­tion on fish­ing re­ports or hot spots, feel free to pop in to Seren­ity Cove Cafe and ask our friendly staff.

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War­ren Sirl with some good size mud crabs.

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Sun­rise on a win­ter day in Woodgate.

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Clean­ing down boat af­ter a days fish­ing for whit­ing.

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