Holy mackerel, it’s a great catch
Last week was ideal for classic catches
THE forecast for the weekend is 15 knots for most of the weekend.
The outside fishing will be limited but everyone should have got their fix last week anyway. Spanish mackerel were in good shape around the area lately as catches of midsized school spanish were landed at many of the local mackerel grounds. Reefies were also in good supply from trout to tuskies and lippers at the closer patches.
The estuaries had quality catches of barramundi, flathead, bream and salmon. Estuarine grunter have started picking up in all of the local systems from The Fitzroy River to Corio Bay/Waterpark Creek.
The bigger grunter have been between 500 and 700mm over the last moon. The best time to target these big critters is around four days before to four days after the full moon. I also like to work the new moon which can be pretty good.
Coorooman Creek has a good supply of grunter at various spots. The cockle beds around wedges can go off when conditions are right. Any of the deeper holes heading upstream are worth a shot, particularly if they have any rubble or any structure in them. I like to check the holes either end of the long mud banks too.
The Fitzroy River has some of the best grunter around and can be in form for days on end.
As the river cleans up you can find them right up into the town reaches. Port Alma and Connors Creek hold grunter in the deeper holes and cockle beds.
Waterpark Creek is the best area in Corio for grunter. The holes either side of the Corbetts’ shacks are worth a look when the temps drop. I usually drift these spots at either end of the tides when it starts to slow down. Light gear and big prawns are the best option for estuary grunter.
They will take herring, pilchards and flesh baits but good sized prawns are the pick bait nearly all the time. More grunter are caught on lures every season. Gold metal vibes are by far the best and small plastic vibes are next in line.
We still need heaps of emails in support of additional boat launching facilities away from Rosslyn Bay Harbour, sent to the council and all the levels of government.
We keep getting a raw deal and the only way to get the situation improved is to keep pushing and prodding them. If we get enough momentum they will have no choice but to listen and react.
Thanks to Kalka Bait and Tackle, The Secret Spot, Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine and Cooee Bay Marine, the locals who not only support the fishing column but also the fishing and open boating community across the whole of CQ.
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MIGHTY MACKEREL: Chayse and Deakin Smithwick with a couple of nice local spanish mackerel.
Chris Nash with a horse spanish mackerel caught locally.