Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Revisiting Year's Top Days Out

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Revisiting Year's Top Days Out

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THIS is the last fishing page for this year so we have gone all out again.

Last week we looked back at a fragment of the decent catches from this region over the past 12 months and as you can see by the pictures there are a few special ones I wanted to re-share with you as not only are they decent fish, but they are also spectacular photos with the lighting right and the colours vivid.

Trent Hall's queenie, which was taken in the sunset light lights up this beautiful fish, and the same with Tyson Chugg and the enormous coral trout he caught around the middle of the year, on a charter to the Swains.

Then you have the likes of young Owen Richards, who, along with his lady, ventured out to Fitzroy Reef on his boat 'Fishn'chicks'.

Having fished in the morning and caught this excellent long tom, when the tide was right in the afternoon he paddled out and surfed the right hander breaking onto the reef.

How good is that?!

We also saw Katie Mitchell, bride of the world famous Johnny Mitchell, show her man how to catch a snodger spaniard!

Have to admit though she has had an excellent teacher.

This week the whole system has been on fire, and Mark Patton took full advantage bringing back this very nice nannygai weighing in around the 7kg mark.

Facebook also has a way of rubbing it in when you have to work and others can play and Baz Homeyard took full advantage on Monday by posting a picture of the wake as they leave from Seventeen Seventy bound for Fitzroy, even taking time to say he'll catch a trout for me. My thoughts were, yeah right...

On Tuesday he messaged saying he had some coral trout fillets for me.

Now for a chap who has been time-poor and not able to slip out for a fish for a while, the offer of trout fillets was unbelievable because I never hand out trout fillets.

I would give away mixed reef, and maybe a bit of sweetlip, but never trout.

Whether it's the giving time of the year or not, this was very special for Daggy Britches, and cooking up a couple of fillets in butter, and lemon, that evening was pretty cool, and especially nice because it was so fresh. …

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