Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Weather Turns It on for Big Father's Day

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Weather Turns It on for Big Father's Day

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THE lead-up to Father's Day, in fishing terms, would have to go down as one of three best, with glass-out conditions lasting from Friday right through til Saturday evening!

A few have gone as far to describe to me the conditions out wide to the point where some reckon they could've water skied all the way to Vanuatu!

The fishing was just as good too with healthy numbers of grassy sweetlip and big parrot, or cockies as Stan Joynson refers to them as, out around Rock Cod Shoals and Tullarook.

The eastern end of Masthead and Cabbage Patch coughed up some nice trout and sweetlip while out wide around Lamont and Fitzroy the deeper stuff seemed to be working better than in the 25m and up depth.

Douglas and Guthrie Shoals fished well too with plenty of sweeties, trout and reds in the 25-35m depths.

There are still a lot of mackerel lurking around the close-in haunts like Rundle Island, Sable Chief, Seal and Ethel Rocks. Middle and Outer Rocks off Bustard Head have a lot of activity as well with some larger dart and mackerel doing laps around the two structures.

Off Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water the inner and Outer Wides have fished well with some good 4kg trout and sweetlip being nailed, while those chasing the shore based fishing off Round Hill have done very well with various pelagic like GTs, the odd Spanish mackerel, and occasionally a long-tailed tuna.

Inshore this past week, the crabbing has been a bit hit, and miss, with Flying Fox doing well, while down at Colosseum, Mondoolan, and Turkey, from all reports, appears to have gone quiet.

The entrances to the Boyne, South Trees, Wild Cattle, and Tongue Spit are fishing very well for whiting, flathead, bream and Queenies. There are also some schools of spotted mackerel hanging around these spots on the out going tide and once the tide turns and makes its way back in they will follow it making lure fishing very attractive. …

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