Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Slow Start to Season

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Slow Start to Season

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DAY three of the 2012 barra season is here with us and the weather has certainly slowed the amount of anglers out on the water.

The region is riddled with barra at present, which will only be added to with the dam overflowing these past few days and maybe for the next few weeks, although it appears it's nowhere near the intensity or the levels we saw this time last year.

Over the past few weeks the Gladstone Area Water Board restocking program has been releasing fingerlings into the dam, but not only barra fingerlings but mullet along with other species.

There have been reports of some rather large barra in and around the jetties and wharves in Auckland Creek and the marina, which have been smashing the bait fish in full view of some onlookers.

Brad Noy landed this barra on Tuesday afternoon, which was returned to the water. Only one guess as to where it was landed.

The likes of the Boyne River, Calliope River, Targinnie and Grahams Creek, also right up through the Narrows and systems beyond will be lousy with barra although some of those who have been monitoring via their sounders exactly where the fish are hanging out have seen them disappear just before this last lot of rain.

Do you reckon they knew something was up?

The weather for wetting a line out front hasn't been all that flash but, nevertheless, a few have been chasing Pelagics around Rat Island, and the Oaks this past week.

With the first quarter of the full moon cycle happening right now, well actually it was a couple of days ago, the tides have been small providing great current conditions for those deeper spots.

Come tomorrow though they start picking back up again as we lead up to the full moon next week.

It looks as though Sunday might be half decent to venture out, with indications the wind could drop right out overnight on Sunday leading into Monday. …

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