Fishin’ in QLD.

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Queensland is our home state and has a lot to offer the angler as there are miles of beaches for beach fishing, plenty of rivers running to the sea for the estuary fisherman and a whole stack of inland rivers for the freshwater fisherman.

Y-Knot our 4 m Sea Jay
Y-Knot our 4 m Sea Jay

But don’t forget the dams (63 last count) that have been stocked with all sorts of fish such as barramundi, yellowbelly, silver perch, bass, saratoga to name a few, but you will need a fishing permit to fish these dams. Most of Queenslands dams and the inland rivers have a healthy supply of the much targeted Red Claw. When you get out west in the Channel Country there are some good  Blue Claw to be had, although they are in decline as  they are being given a hard time from the Red Claw which are introduced and not native to this river system.

Here is a collection of some of our fishing trips.

A beauty 6lb Trumpy from the Burnett River
A beauty 6lb Trumpy from the Burnett River
An afternoons fishing in the Burnett River
An afternoons fishing in the Burnett River

The bundaberg area has 3 rivers within a half hours drive from our home, The Burnett River, Elliot River and the Kolan River. This gives us a fair chance of getting a feed close to home.

 The Elliot River is a favourite  as you can always get a feed of fish and it is a top spot to get a kilo or two of prawns.

A feed from the Elliot River
A feed from the Elliot River

It’s a shallow place with a lot of sand bars and can be hard to navigate on low tide. Bait is plentiful, yabbies or live bait caught in the cast net  works well.

Pumping yabbies
Pumping yabbies

 

 

 

 

Bushy casting for bait
Bushy casting for bait

There is also a good chance of a feed of mud crab in all our rivers.

Catching beach worms
Catching beach worms

 

 

 

 

Burnett River muddies
Burnett River muddies

 

mud lobster
Mud Lobster

Something different and rarely seen, a Mud Lobster caught by a mate in the Elliot river.

 

Grunter & Salmon
Grunter & Salmon (Hinchinbrook Channel NQ.)
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Yellowbelly (Muttaburra CQ.)
mangrove Jack
Mangrove Jack (Elliot River)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love to fish the freshwater, either from our tinnie or from the bank.

There is nothing better then sitting under a shady tree with a line in the water and a beer in your hand and let these freshies catch them selves. Bait for freshwater fishing varies but it is hard to beat the old shrimp.

Barred Grunter and Spangled Perch, these little fellows can be a real pest while you are fishing. They only grow to a little over 100mm and only produce a small fillet, but we love to catch a feed of them for the smoker or just crumbed and deep fried are great nibbles with a beer

Barred Grunter, these little fellows can be a real pest while you are fishing. They only grow to a little over 100mm and only produce a small fillet, but we love to catch a feed of them for the smoker or just crumber and deep fried are get nibbles with a beer
Barred Grunter
Pan size yellowbelly from Longreach Qld.
Pan size yellowbelly from Longreach Qld.

 

 

 

 

 

Tiliapia
Tiliapia (Fletchers Creek in North Qld.) These are noxious fish and must be destroyed, One of the best ways to destroy them is to eat them.but don’t release any.

 

 

Sleepy cod (very tasty)
Sleepy cod (very tasty)

 

 

 

 

 

Barramundi from a private dam near Bundaberg Qld.
Barramundi from a private dam near Bundaberg Qld.

 

Note the yellowbelly below has been bled, we like to bleed all our fish as it adds to the flavour of the cooked fillet, especially the dark meat varieties such as mackerel and tailor for example.

 

Yellowbelly from the Barcoo River
Yellowbelly (Barcoo River CQ.)

 

Ruby
Our car topper (RUBY) 3.2 m Quintrex in the Barcoo River

 

Saratoga
Saratoga (Bundora dam) good eating and not as boney as it’s reputation

 

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