Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Barra Certainly on the Move; Today, Tomorrow Will Be Absolutely Splendid

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Barra Certainly on the Move; Today, Tomorrow Will Be Absolutely Splendid

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THESE past couple of weeks, if not three, we have seen weather which has been sensational for all areas of fishing from the beaches, to the inner harbour and creek systems to out the front as people have been chasing the reds, trout, sweeties and mackerel.

Judging by the outlook on seabreeze, it could all be coming to an end for a little while come Sunday.

Today and tomorrow present the best time to slip out the front or the reef with 5-10 knot breezes due to come in from the south.

It will then turn around to the north today, and tomorrow will see it swing to the southwest and finish the day with an easterly before Sunday's south easterlies strengthen during the morning.

Talk about the wind shifting.

Last night was the official full moon I think, so these couple of days will be absolutely splendid.

Big tides though, so the best time to be fishing is as the tide nears the bottom, and the last couple of hours before the top of the tide.

I have been out of the region for a few days but from what I see on all the myriad of Facebook pages everyone appears to have done well.

Johnny Mitchell has been venturing out of the region and also a few charters within the region this past week or so and the creek and estuary systems have been producing excellent grunter along with some good size fingermark which were in among the schools of barra.

Offshore, the Spanish mackerel have been on the bite as well, especially if you have fresh bait like bonito or ribbon fish.

Trolling fresh bait takes a bit of skill to properly secure it to the line so that it swims right and looks as though it is alive.

Many videos and webpages have a lot of info on this very subject and our own local dude, being the world-famous Johnny Mitchell, Esq, put out a DVD a few years back now on how you should tackle these speedsters. …

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