John Boon

John Boon

2019 Frenchville Barra Bash wrap-up

2019 frenchville barra bash comp

BREAK out the winter woollies because it is now officially July. Before we get into all the good oil from the Frenchville Sports Club Fitzroy Barra Bash, we’ll take a sneak peek at what’s been happening locally and what we can expect to see. In the estuaries two species have ramped up. The first is blue salmon. These guys can …

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Gearing up for Capricorn Coast offshore action

IF I had to pick a favourite month of the year to head out and get into Capricorn Coast offshore action, it would be May. Whenever I go back through old diaries of past trips, May seems to be a winner on the offshore scene. I’m very pleased to report the weather has been pretty kind of late here on …

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Hot fishing options for Capricorn Coast

capricorn coast hot fishing

FIRST and foremost I would like to wish everyone out there in reader land a wonderful happy New Year. It feels like 2019 has come around fast. It only seemed like yesterday we were thinking about Christmas and suddenly the new year is upon us. The good news about January is there’s only one month to go for the saltwater …

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2018 Rocky Barra Bounty wrap-up

2018 rocky barra bounty

BEFORE I get into the success of this year’s Rocky Barra Bounty, I would like to run through a quick local report. With the saltwater barra season closure, a lot of anglers have headed for the impoundments. Callide and Awoonga dams are only a short drive from Rockhampton and have been fishing very well. Anglers have reported fantastic double-figure sessions …

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King of the River a success

king of the river

KEPPEL Bay Sportfishing Club, in conjunction with the Criterion Hotel, hosted a cracker king threadfin competition on the Fitzroy River in late August. Participants said they had a very enjoyable time and are really looking forward to next year. With the Fitzroy River net free for almost three years, expectations were high for plenty of fish. However, the report from …

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Capricorn Coast offers up fishy goodies galore

capricorn coast threadfin

IT’S been a long wait but spring is finally here. You can start to box up the winter warmers and put away the heaters. Overall, I would call this winter a mild one. We didn’t see too many awful cold days in the low single digits. That probably means we are in for one hell of a hot summer. So …

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Gracemere Rocky Barra Bounty a resounding success

2017 gracemere rocky barra bounty

Floodgates opened about a week before the comp was to commence. It was clean water, so competitors in the Gracemere Rocky Barra Bounty were still hopeful it wouldn’t chase the barra from the top half of the river. Only three days out, the water turned from clean to mud as the dirty water from the Dawson area arrived. I think …

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Combing the Capricorn Coast

King salmon have come a long way in our area since the introduction of net-free zones two years ago. Side-imaging and down-imaging sounders mean that we recreational fishers are well aware of thready numbers throughout the area. This technology is impressive to say the least and being able to distinguish one species from another is next level. About 80 percent …

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