Calliope River Meetup

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Calliope River Meetup

#1 Post by Ads22 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:42 pm

I headed down to Gladstone on Sunday for a meetup with the crew from the Gladstone Kayak Fishing Group. I had met a couple of them a few weeks back, and was good to meet some more this week. There was a little competition for biggest fish on the day, but I never gave it a scare. On the water shortly after 5am, launching at the boat ramp near the power station, I worked around some edges and a draining creek to begin. Second cast under the bridge was met with a little hit. Moving over to the creek, I hooked up and dropped a fish that went aerial. Then, I quickly landed a little flatty going 38cm, then shortly later an embarrassingly small bream and moses perch. I then switched sides of the river and was certain there'd be fish in a snag. I tried surface first and had a ripper follow and hit but no hook-up. After several casts I switched to sub-surface for no apparent interest. Then I switched to a Happy Rock Softies 'Willy' and was quickly hit as the lure dropped. A quick, vigorous fight that dragged me into the snag and I had a nice little cod aboard, going 32cm. I had hoped with the hit that it would be a jack. A few minutes later and further along the bank of mangroves I found myself a nice bream. It went hard a few times at the snag and I fought hard with little elegance to land it. I didn't get a good picture as it decided it liked the idea of getting wet again as I sat it on the ruler. Things went quiet after that. I worked up to an old boat ramp and the rail bridge, then back down, trolling pretty well the whole way and stopping at suspicious looking snags. I barely had a touch for the rest of morning and called quits at lunch time when we had a few snags and a chat. A few nice fish were caught including a 600mm Queenfish and a few nice flatties and the likes.
Calliope Moses_M.jpg
I padded the day out with a couple of hours paddle at Raglan Creek in the fresh water. It was gorgeous on the water, however, I didn't get a touch the whole time.

Hopefully get out for a look and better fishing soon!

Cheers and happy fishing!

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Re: Calliope River Meetup

#2 Post by rocketV » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:56 pm

Looks like some fishy water! Cod are considered by most to be just an annoying by-catch, but they are pretty cool looking fish in their own right I reckon.
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Re: Calliope River Meetup

#3 Post by Nativeman » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:35 am

Nice report Adam,,, thanks for sharing .

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Re: Calliope River Meetup

#4 Post by WayneD » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:33 am

What's the fish in the little fush picture?
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