Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

TV Crew Gets Up Close, Cosy; Our Big Barra and Spanish Wow National Audience

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

TV Crew Gets Up Close, Cosy; Our Big Barra and Spanish Wow National Audience

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Byline: Darryl Branthwaite GAPDL CEO

OVER the past few weeks, fisheries officers based in Gladstone, and probably some out of Bundy, have been very busy focusing on Seventeen Seventy.

Predominantly fishermen here are from the south-east corner, slipping up for the day and back home without too much being spent in the region.

We see them all the time on Facebook skiting about their catch.

Many regard themselves as heroes but some are really spoiling it for all the others.

The article in Wednesday's The Observer reflects what some are doing or trying to get away with.

Now 67 notices in four days may not be a record but are quite sizable figures, with sizes and catch numbers being the majority of breaches.

Not all offenders, however, were from the SE corner as there were a few locals as well.

Folks, we really need to look after what we have here so that for years to come our kids and grandkids will still be able to catch a feed.

This weekend is set to be a cracker, well at least for today and tomorrow.

At the time of writing this article, the weather is about to see a massive change early Sunday morning with a strong southerly coming through before the sun comes up.

We are also in the middle of the last quarter with tiny tides and reasonably smooth seas.

A great opportunity to smash those high current spots like; the gap between Hamilton Point and Tide Island in the harbour, the Cabbage Patch between Wistari and Erskine Island, or that drop-off on the south side of Broomfield Reef (as the current funnels through between the green zone of Wilson Island and the hard of Broomfield Reef).

There are many places that are hard to fish when the tides are big, such as Pancake Creek mouth, out at Inner and Outer Rocks or the outer edge of Boult, as the current really sweeps around there. …

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