Woodgate alive with hot spots

Whit­ing, black mar­lin on the chew after re­cent rain

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - By BENN GRA­HAM

WHAT a month it has been with some of the best fish­ing I’ve seen in my 23 years liv­ing in Woodgate.

Ev­ery­thing from whit­ing to black mar­lin have been caught.

The 45mm of rain we re­ceived last week has stirred things up a lit­tle with the mud crabs now mov­ing around and some good re­ports have been flow­ing through.

Theodo­lite Creek and the Bur­rum River have been pro­duc­ing mixed bags once again.

Tony Con­nors was able to find a good patch of whit­ing and bream us­ing fresh hardie heads as bait.

“I had some re­ally big hits but couldn’t stop them due to the light gear I’ve got. I could feel the head shakes and the way it was fight­ing made me be­lieve it was a nice flat­head,” Tony said.

The man­grove jack are still smash­ing up the Z MAN soft plas­tics with the mo­tor oil in ei­ther the

Tony Con­nors I had some re­ally big hits but couldn’t stop them due to the light gear I’ve got. I could feel the head shakes and the way it was fight­ing made me be­lieve it was a nice flat­head.

min­nowz , streakz or streakz curl tailz with a 2/0 1/4oz TT head lock jig head.

As I was writ­ing this re­port, and to prove just how thick the fish ac­tu­ally are at the mo­ment, I had Tony come into the shop hold­ing the one that got away: Still kick­ing was a nice sized 74cm flat­head weigh­ing in at 2.85kg .

“I’ve got enough for a good feed now for the next few days , so I’m go­ing to sit back and en­joy a beer or two,” he said.

If you are after a bit of fun with catch and re­lease you can head up to the Bur­rum River and still catch a barra.

Re­mem­ber they are still off sea­son un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 so please re­lease them if caught.

The black mar­lin are back again this year and they are only about 200m off shore.

Graeme John­ston, a keen fish­er­man from Woodgate, had great plea­sure pos­ing with his nice black mar­lin weigh­ing about 18–20kg and caught on 15 pound braid us­ing pillys as bait.

Well, as the Christ­mas hol­i­days are near I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish ev­ery­one a Merry Christ­mas and if you are out and about on the wa­ter in the com­ing weeks please play it safe and en­joy your­selves.

There will be no fish­ing ar­ti­cle for next month as I am away but I prom­ise you I will have plenty to re­port on in mid-Jan­uary’s ad­di­tion when I re­turn.

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 to catch that big one.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

BEAU­TIES: Tony Con­nors show­ing off some of his qual­ity bream.

Graeme John­ston proudly dis­plays a nice black mar­lin.

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