Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Chasing Yellow Fin and Whiting

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Chasing Yellow Fin and Whiting

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WOW what a sensational week we have had with excellent weather for basically the past five days over the full moon lunar phase.

Its all about to stop though with big seas and high winds predicted commencing Monday but we'll keep an eye on that.

With the fishing ban being lifted everyone has been pretty cautious when they have been thinking about fishing in the harbour and, with probably good reason to be cautious too.

In saying that though I think you'll find that most of these crook fish won't be chasing the lures or the baits and if you do happen to catch one use some common sense and either return it to the water or if it isn't real flash keep it to one side away from your other fish.

Some people have blamed sores and illness on this condition as they have handled crook fish, so please be aware of this, whether it's right, or wrong, you need to keep it in mind.

We, being Paul Jacklin, my lad Matty, and I ventured down to Colosseum last Sunday to pump some yabbies and chase the yellow fin or summer whiting up the top end.

Now there were only two other boats, which we stopped in this massive system, but the day was sensational.

Prising myself away from watching Bathurst was an effort but once out on the water all was good in the world.

The yabbie bank we picked on (obviously secret squirrel) was chokkas with yabbies but only five or six pumps into it Jacko announced he'd blown a seal (in the pump) but had a spare seal on the tinny! How cool is that?

While away fixing that MattyB puts a bet up that he can catch a yabbie by hand if he digs for it.

I still have my $10!

The whiting didn't really come on the chew 'til about an hour after the turn of the low tide but once they did they came thick and fast. Matty even showed us how good the Storm Twitchin' Nipper soft plastics go on the whiting. As you can see in the picture mighty good.

Loads of big dusky flathead were spotted scooting off as we moved in closer to our shallow areas. …

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