Holy mack­erel, it’s a great catch

Last week was ideal for clas­sic catches

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - SCOTTY LYNCH

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.

Con­tact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com.

Send your emails or pho­tos in to be el­i­gi­ble for next $50 voucher draw. In the next cou­ple of weeks we will have a dou­ble draw of two $50 vouch­ers with all pho­tos sub­mit­ted in the last year go­ing into the hat.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

MIGHTY MACK­EREL: Chayse and Deakin Smith­wick with a cou­ple of nice lo­cal span­ish mack­erel.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

Chris Nash with a horse span­ish mack­erel caught lo­cally.

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