David Bussy's prize-winning red claw.
David Bussy's prize-winning red claw. Contributed

Catfish chase a highlight of weekend away

LAST weekend was the first social fishing weekend out at the Boynedale free camp up the Boyne Valley on the banks of the Awoonga Dam.

Eve Malone along with her hubby and a few others including Stephen Brodie from the Hafta Fish team who have been at every Boyne Tannum HookUp since its inception 20 years ago, organised this quiet little weekend away.

Eve is the founder of the Gladstone Fishing Network Facebook Page and so far they have over 750 members.

This particular event attracted around 20 groups to the Boynedale camp and by the looks everyone had an awesome time.

Some came out for the day while others who were set up for camping stayed the weekend.

Unfortunately no barra were caught, but they had a lot of fun chasing the biggest catty and also the biggest red claw.

The best red claw measured in Sunday morning at around the 20 mark, well above what anyone else had caught.

Most of them tried fruit and vegies. However, the winning claw was caught with pillies, and cat food.

Biggest catfish was 53cm caught on the first day.

All in all great weekend with prizes given out, smiles all around.

As you can see by the photos there were some winners and the likes of Sam Downy fished off the bank all weekend, not actually catching much, but he didn't give up.

Good on ya Sam. I think we have all had days like that.

Encouragement award for Sam Downy.
Encouragement award for Sam Downy. Contributed

Their next get-together is planned for mid-December over at the Oaks at the northern end of Facing Island, so watch their FB page or become a member.

The Boyne Valley has so much to offer, and the folk who live out there, are the genuine article, so please support the businesses out that way, when you are driving through.

For those who were keen to slip out the front over the weekend with the weather looking rather nice to chase some reef fish, we have some bad news as there is currently a reef fin fish closure in place at present from November 19 to 23.

So the rivers, creeks and lakes are the go this weekend.

Tuesday looks like it's shaping up to be a ripper so keep an eye on that one.

Inshore though the likes of Yellow Patch, South End, along the front of Facing, the Lillies Beach, the mouth of Colosseum Inlet, Tongue spit, 7 mile, Turkey Beach, Pancake, Middle Creek and 1770 Creek have been yielding some excellent flathead and whiting.

The whiting still eat yabbies like they are lollies, the flathead have also been on the chew chasing some of the lures which resemble a prawn.

Sammie Carters with the prize winning catfish.
Sammie Carters with the prize winning catfish. Contributed

Up the Boyne River one or two jack have been caught using a small popper, but if you are using one which cost you some good coin I'd be putting a good metre of heavy duty leader on as there are a few barra around up there, which I have no doubt will chase it.

Make sure you look after those girls if you do land one and try to resist lifting them out of the water as we need them to do their thing and breed.

The same goes with the massive system up through the Narrows as there are plenty about especially when you are chasing fingermark and jack.

The storm we had up here on Wednesday will most certainly have livened the whole system up as well which hopefully will stir up the crabs and get them moving around a bit.

Don't forget that the Gladstone Seafood Festival is on this weekend so come down to the Gladstone Marina, and say gidday as there are loads of food stands, music and the world famous prawn peeling contest.

Also the following weekend on November 29, Darren Brown from Curtis Coast Marine is holding his boat show at 40 Chapple St from 9am till 3pm.

Plenty of ideas out there, folks, from flares to lures, tackle boxes, or even 20th anniversary Boyne Tannum HookUp tickets at a discounted price.