Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Bait Species Abound

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Bait Species Abound

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WELL, isn't Queensland copping it from the big fella.

With all this fresh water pouring into the harbour the affects have been quite dramatic, with many of the saltwater species being pushed out into the open ocean.

However, species like sharks, and some bait species, which are a little more tolerant of fresh water, remain behind.

The Boyne River has eased up a tad and the river mouth is alive with bait fish, some pelagic species like queenfish, and also plenty of flathead.

I was having a cuppa on Saturday morning with good friends Karen and Geoff Busteed, who live on the banks of the Boyne, and we watched a keen fisherman tossing out a popper in search of whatever wanted to nail it. He pulled up a very nice flathead.

Talking about the Boyne River mouth, Jeff Amos and I met up with Mike Lutze, who, as we all know, is the Harbour Master here in Gladstone, and Graeme Austin, who is the Marine Safety Queensland, area manager.

There has been a lot of talk over the years regarding the access in and out of the Boyne.

There has also been a lot of finger pointing as to whose problem it is. No matter what we all say, there has been much going on behind the scene to do with markers, lighting, and channel depth.

What we see now is the Boyne River having a massive flush and everything has changed, from markers going missing, to sand bars completely gone, to the possibility of our 25-year-old channel being filled in by the sheer volume of water moving over it.

Unfortunately the hydrography boat that does all the soundings is obviously busy at Bundaberg at present, trying to get that port open after its deluge, and then it has to go to Port Alma and only after that will we possibly see it at the river mouth deciphering what has happened there.

As you can appreciate, the current flows need to settle down to normality before anything can be done, otherwise it'll just be a waste of time.

Mike Lutze has also told us that until there becomes a permanent channel created for all tide access the current channel won't be lit, and some will think that all is okay in the middle of the night, only to discover that they could be high and dry, and then the legal eagles will be rubbing their hands together. …

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