Watch­ing whales at Woodgate

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

QUICK ques­tion ... why go fur­ther south and pay to go on a boat and see the whales when you can come to Woodgate and view them from the beach?

Last week the whales were go­ing crazy, breach­ing right out of the wa­ter and putting on a big show for the tourists all while only 50–100 me­tres off shore.

While on my fish­ing trip last month about 50km off shore, I had the plea­sure of sharing the wa­ter with th­ese huge crea­tures as they came right up next to the boat and swam di­rectly be­low my ves­sel.

Be­ing a first-timer view­ing the whales up close, I was amazed by the size and their na­ture.

I must ad­mit, I was fright­ened as the ves­sel I was in was only a 4.8m Formosa and th­ese things were three to four times big­ger.

As a re­sult, the fish­ing was poor and sev­eral other boats on the same patch of reef went home empty handed as well.

Bur­rum River

THE Bur­rum has been pro­duc­ing some nice catches of bream around the rock walls with re­ports around the 38–43cm mark.

The jew fish and flat­head have also been on the bite around the mouth with live baits or soft plas­tics prov­ing the best.

Fresh wa­ter com­ing down the river from re­cent rain has brought out mud crabs and grunter.

Theodo­lite Creek

The whit­ing has been on the boil with some great catches com­ing in. Jeremy Chasel­ing was danc­ing for joy when he boated his 37cm whit­ing, along with an­other 28cm on the next cast, with yab­bies be­ing the se­lec­tion of baits.

Drift­ing the sand banks at night us­ing yab­bies, worms or mi­cro pop­pers is your best bet.

Flat­head are also on the bite around the mouth with Daniel land­ing a nice 73cm / 2.85kg dusky on Zman soft plas­tics us­ing a 1/4 oz 2/0 TT jig head.

Queen­fish have been round­ing up the bait fish in­side the mouth with James bag­ging two on pop­pers.

Beach fish­ing

Tai­lor are run­ning a bit later than usual with only a few be­ing caught around Orchid Beach on Fraser Is­land.

The odd one or two have been re­ported off the beach at Woodgate with metal slugs or whole pilchards be­ing the pick.

A good range of dart, bream and flat­head have also been taken us­ing prawns and soft plas­tics.

That’s about it this month. If you would like to find out more in­for­ma­tion on the hot spots or any fish­ing tips, call in and see me at Seren­ity Cove Cafe, in Woodgate, and I’ll set you up with all the gear you need.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG ONE: Daniel with a 73cm/2.85kg dusky on Zman soft plas­tics us­ing a 1/4 oz 2/0 TT jig head.

Queen­fish have been round­ing up the bait fish in­side the mouth with James bag­ging two on pop­pers.

A good range of dart, bream and flat­head have also been taken us­ing prawns and soft plas­tics.

Jeremy Chasel­ing caught a 37cm whit­ing, along with an­other 28cm on the next cast.

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