Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Brave Rewarded with Esky Full in Trying Conditions; Many Anglers Stayed Home as Weekend Weather Scorched the South-East

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Brave Rewarded with Esky Full in Trying Conditions; Many Anglers Stayed Home as Weekend Weather Scorched the South-East

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SUMMER is certainly here once again with this past weekend being as hot as blazes.

There were a few who managed to get out on Friday morning for the day while others had to contend with rising winds and seas on Friday evening and Saturday.

One or two, who shall remain nameless, managed to slog their way to Douglas Shoals, fishing in some very ordinary conditions with a sloppy 1.5m sea and 15 knot breeze but got rewarded for their tenacity by bringing home an esky full of good sweetlip, trout and one or two reds.

Others who went out to Rock Cod Shoals didn't seem to fair as well but scored some good sized parrot and just legal sweetlip.

Grant and Natalie Cooper packed their boat, Three Ways, with the kids and a well stocked picnic hamper and slipped up to Yellow Patch on Sunday for the day. Being the stirrer that he is, Grant smsed me a picture of Yellow Patch from his boat complete with rods out the back of the boat as well.

My reply was a tad pointed to that fact that here he was enjoying one of the best places in this region while yours truly was slaving away at the roadhouse catering for all the schoolies heading down to the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

Places like Yellow Patch, Pancake Creek, and Colosseum are very popular for a day out with the kids as the whiting and flathead are certainly on the bite at the moment. These three places have pristine waterways which are loaded with great stocks of fish.

The creeks, and rivers in our region are still coughing up good catches of bream, and the odd salmon.

The points like Gatcombe, South End, Sable Chief, and Seal Rocks have been fishing well for mackeral, and good sized grassies but you really need to be out early in the day to be successful before the day time temperatures climb.

Last weekend also saw the Lady Fishers Comp up at the dam. …

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