Ryan Barber with a Boyne River barra caught this week.
Ryan Barber with a Boyne River barra caught this week. Contributed

Interesting conditions with big barra on the loose in region

ANOTHER month has gone by and we are still copping a hammering with this wet weather.

I have been on holidays for the past two weeks playing in the snow up in northern Japan and the weather similarities are probably poles apart with having mid-30 deg temps here and mid minus 30 degs up there.

All this wet weather is certainly producing some interesting conditions with many big barra being caught around the region from 1m-plus escapees of Awoonga to the 1m-plus metre salties many are catching around the region.

Ryan Barber latched on to this excellent barra in the Boyne this week along with a heap of others.

Reading Johnny Mitchel's Facebook page over the past week or so has revealed many big barra being caught.

The bait which is in the system at the moment is rather promising with clouds of young prawns being washed down out of the river and creek systems into the harbour and the more open channels.

Reports of these even in the marina are showing good promise of a massive prawn season. The flooding has also changed the structure of all over our rivers and creeks with many trees being undermined and consequently falling victim of the torrents providing new snags which will end up playing refuge to those predatory fish such mangrove jack, barra, and fingermark.

Once the flow slows back down and the tides replenish the salt water systems again these spots will be awesome.

When there was an opportunity to get out over the past couple of weeks, those who did make it, had to endure the likes of a four-hour trip to Douglas Shoals, which fished very well apparently.

My heart goes go out to Ross and Michelle who own Lake Awoonga Boat Hire as they were only just getting their business up and running again after the previous flood 12 or so months ago, only to see the dam overflow and many large barra take the slippery slide down the spillway.

Hiring a house boat for the weekend though is still an excellent way of soaking up some of the marvellous scenery and fishing this region has to offer. Not all the Barra escaped and if the truth be known it's probably only a small percentage which has.

The upper reaches of the dam and its feeder streams still hold many hundreds of fish which the Gladstone Area Water Board has bred and stocked over the years.

There are awesome jack and barra lingering in the weed beds, or behind some big snags.

If you are in need of a short break give it some thought and help our local operators out by getting some mates together and hiring out a house boat for a few nights. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Unfortunately the outlook is for more rain and wind so fishing the creeks and river mouths would be the ideal way to wet a line.