Trent Hall with his 40kg + spanish mackeral.
Trent Hall with his 40kg + spanish mackeral.

Check out the fantastic catches from this year

WELL now, 2012 is just about done and dusted and this is my last log for this year, returning on January 11.

I thought I'd take a look back over the year that was, and check out some of the fabulous catches which were made during that time.

In March we saw a mate of mine, Brian "Bung" Brown out checking the crab pots in South Trees at the Toolooa Bends and within sight of the boat ramp this massive Barra leapt out of the water and slapped him in the chest.

Not knowing what was going on, he wrestled it to the deck, like Steve Irwin would've, and all this was right in front of two chaps who couldn't believe their eyes.

In May, who could forget Trent Hall's 44kg spanish mackerel which he caught on a line with no trace whatsoever? July saw the Price family target the Calliope River system with young Dylan listening to all that his Dad Zac had taught him by pulling in a magnificent queenie.

Johnny Mitchell and his good friend Terrin Sharpe were always out there trying different things catching solid barra, jack, threadfin or king salmon and fingermark.

Just before the barra season closed, Sharpie and co decided to attack our little Auckland Creek.

Their live baits bagged about 10 barra over 800mm long, a fingermark measuring 880mm and a decent mangrove jack.

Recently we saw Darren Griffith land a m arlin, while flicking lures around a school of baitfish out the front.

Those aiming to slip out to the reef should have been out there today because the forecast for the few days leading up to Christmas Day indicates that the breeze might be up around the 15-20knot mark with a 2m sea.

If you are venturing out on the water, make sure someone knows where you are going and log into VMR Gladstone or VMR Roundhill.

These folk give up their time to keep an ear open for us, which is very much appreciated.

Brush up on fishing zones

HEADING out to the reef over the holiday period?

Don't forget to get your free zoning map before you go.

Brush up on the zones before catching a festive feast these Christmas holidays or a fine could be on the menu.

Everyone working together to do the right things in the right zones helps zoning do its important job of securing the Reef's future.

Drop into your local bait and tackle shop, visitor information centre or ship chandlers for your free zoning map or call on 1800 990 177.