Full moon lures hundreds of fishers to fresh waters
LAST night was a busy one for big-fish fisherman Mick Self.
The Ipswich carpenter drove for 11 hours yesterday to get a head start catching barra at Kinchant Dam while holidaying with his family.
Although last night's full moon was tipped to draw hundreds of keen fishers to the water - as it is believed barra will feed for longer during the night - this is not what attracted Self to the dam.
"Well, Kinchant is one of the only dams left in Queensland that wasn't badly flood affected," he said.
"A lot of the other dams, like Lake Monduran especially, lost a lot of their fish and they lost a lot of their big fish."
Self was at the dam with his fishing partner, Denis Harrold; the pair found fame in the fishing world after hooking the unofficial world record barramundi.
They were fishing from a kayak, as they always try to do in fresh water, when they snagged the 44.6kg whopper in 2010.
Fishing from a kayak was part of the team's secret, Self said.
"Well, put it this way... I have a good $20,000 boat I hardly use," he said.
"In fresh water especially, I really prefer the kayak.
"It only has two seats so it is always a fight between my three boys who will be coming along."
Self said it was well worth the long drive to get to the dam, as the last time he was here he caught more than 50 barra.
"The ones I am fishing for are at the 124cm to 126cm mark," he said.
"I prefer to fish when it's dark at night... (in my opinion) it's not too much better on full moon though."
Meanwhile, at Peter Faust Dam, keen anglers have been hooking plenty of big barra as well.
The full moon cycle will draw a lot of fishers to fresh water dams. We have been selling an awful lot of crab pots, which is usual for this time of year.
It is probably one of the better crab seasons we have had, with the few wet seasons the region experienced in past years.
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People have still been catching a few of the last minute mackerel.
The prawns have been great this season. You want to be getting there right as the tide turns. When the tide starts turning that's when they will start burying down and hiding.
The weather has meant there have been quite a few people out fishing. There are normally quite a few people who want to be out fishing this time of year.
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The lake (Peter Faust Dam) has been great with barra fishing over the Christmas holidays.
A lot of big barra has been caught, in what we call the main basin area, on the eastern side.
Most of the deep diving lures have been working well or dragging soft plastic lures through the schools.
The crab season has improved in the past few weeks.
So far there has been quantity but not really the quality.
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A lot of people caught plenty of mud crabs in time for Christmas dinner.
On the reef, people have been catching coral trout and spanish mackerel.
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