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The past week has seen some pretty wild weather in South East Queensland fortunately the Cooloola Coast escaped pretty much unscathed. The past few days have been pretty dismal with showers and rain keeping the majority off the water with the exception of the odd diehard in search of a few last minute Barra.
Before the rain came through there were several reports of quality mangrove jack to 53cm throughout the bay along with decent grunter all responding well to live and flesh baits.
The forecast for the weekend is looking a little better with light winds early morning increasing to around 10knots mid morning then dropping away again through the night. With only a slight chance of 1-5mm of rain each day it will be worth while heading up the creeks in the late afternoon in search of a few Jack or Barra. Don’t forget that come midday on Sunday the closed season for Barramundi will commence running through until midday on the 1st of February. If you do manage to land a Barra during this time make sure you grab a quick photo and send the fish on it’s way as soon as possible to ensure they live to see another day.
The recent rain will no doubt get the crabs moving again. Setting your pots around the lower reaches of any creeks should do the trick. Remember if you are setting your pots in an area of high tidal flow to make sure they are anchored properly and that you have enough rope attached.
On the fresh water scene the Mary River in Gympie has been fishing well with bass in the low 40’s being caught. The recent rain should have the river flowing a little more so if you are planning a trip best to seek local advice first.
If your looking for something to do next weekend head on out to Borumba Dam for the annual Mary Valley Fishing Classic. With camping available nearby it’s a great weekend of fishing and camping for the whole family. For more information check out www.gympie.qld.lions.org.au
Until next week stay safe on the water.