Fish­ing re­port

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❝If you are head­ing to Agnes and 1770 this week­end for the Blues Roots and Rock Fes­ti­val you might like to tow the boat down as well

WITH Valen­tine’s Day been and gone, I hope the love has been re­cip­ro­cated by your favourite per­son in the world to al­low you to wet a line this week­end and ven­ture out into the wild blue yon­der.

The fore­cast at time of writ­ing this week’s col­umn is amaz­ing, with the breeze pre­dicted to be be­low 10 knots from the north on Satur­day and less than 10 again from the east.

But if you have an RDO on Mon­day it’s pre­dicted to glass right out.

To add to the sali­vat­ing there’s some good con­di­tions com­ing up with Sun­day’s new moon. There will be some big tides lead­ing up to it and then the next week they drop off as the week pro­gresses. These con­di­tions cer­tainly bring on the fish and help make the whole sys­tem fire up.

Yes­ter­day and overnight there was the odd shower across the re­gion which in it­self kick starts the ecosys­tem.

Some of the creeks are flow­ing push­ing the bait fish and prawns out of those drains and creeks into the gobs of the wait­ing preda­tors.

Last week we had Scotty Hil­lier out fish­ing with Justin Nye and they man­aged to catch a va­ri­ety of fish.

I saw a Face­book live video ear­lier this week with Justin, out at Lake Awoonga, lit­er­ally flick four me­tres from his boat and pulling in barra 55cm-70cm long just in this one bay amongst the lilly pads.

How good is Lake Awoonga go­ing to be in an­other year or two?

If you are head­ing to Agnes and 1770 this week­end for the Blues Roots and Rock Fes­ti­val you might like to tow the boat down as well.

Slip out to the reef first up in the morn­ing and “GANG­ga­jang” it in the af­ter­noon.

The ground off the Dis­cov­ery Coast is just alive with fish at present with plenty of pelag­ics such as GTs, golden trevally, long tail, and mack­eral.

The bot­tom bash­ing should be awe­some as well un­til the tidal run picks up mid tide with plenty of reds, trout, lip­per and nan­ny­gai about.

Those new to the re­gion should note that the pre­mium bait is al­ways a live bait and those places such as chan­nel mark­ers which are right through our har­bour and re­gion are fish at­tract­ing de­vices or FADs.

Drop that bait jig down and col­lect some fish lol­lies, so to speak, keep­ing them alive in your live bait tank or well with plenty of water flush­ing through or an aer­a­tor re­plen­ish­ing the oxy­gen lev­els.

The other op­tion is again fresh bait and quite of­ten the tackle shops around our re­gion have fresh squid for sale.

I see that Boyne Bait and Tackle has it from time to time as do some of the oth­ers.

The old faith­ful frozen block of pil­lies or squid is still a good op­tion as well so don’t rule it out.


QUICK AS A FLASH: Scotty Hil­lier and the Creek to Coast film crew landed this queen­fish while fish­ing in the Boyne River on Wed­nes­day, with lo­cal guide Justin Nye.

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