Quiet time on wa­ter

Isis Town and Country - - Woodgate Beach - By BENN GRA­HAM, SEREN­ITY COVE CAFE WOODGATE BEACH

WELL what a dif­fer­ent win­ter this has been, with more N/E winds and S/E winds than West­er­lies.

This time of year the prawns are nor­mally run­ning and the whit­ing are nor­mally caught in the 100’s but its not the case this year.

Only a few re­ports have come in with Daniel Stead from Stan­thorpe with his catch of a 50cm tay­lor caught on soft plas­tics in Theodo­lite Creek.

His luck didn’t stop there when he pulled in a 65cm queen­fish also caught on soft plas­tics.

There have only been a few win­ter whit­ing caught around the creeks and rivers at Woodgate with the best re­ports com­ing from fur­ther south near Too­goom where an­glers are get­ting there bag lim­its.

There have been a few flat­head caught in the Bur­rum River on the first part of the run out tide, drift­ing the edge of the sand banks.

Just a quick re­minder and some clar­i­fi­ca­tion for all boat­ies re­gard­ing EPIRBs at Woodgate Beach.

Must be cur­rent, that is within the ex­piry date (printed on the EPIRB).

If you are re­quired to carry an EPIRB as part of your safety equip­ment, it must be a 406 MHz EPIRB and must be reg­is­tered with the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity.

EPIRBs are re­quired if op­er­at­ing be­yond par­tially smooth wa­ters or more than two nau­ti­cal miles or ap­prox. 3.7km from land.

I’ve been for­tu­nate to score this week­end off and am tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to go out deep sea fish­ing. As this ar­ti­cle has to be in a few days prior to print, I am un­able to post and boast about my catch and will have to leave that til next months re­port.

Un­til then, keep fish­ing.

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

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN040714WDG9

WOODGATE BEACH: Co­le­ton Saun­ders tries his luck with the cast net at Woodgate beach ear­lier this month.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Daniel Stead, from Stan­thorpe, with a 50cm Tay­lor and a 65cm Queen Fish.

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