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December 30, 2016

G'day from the Dog House,

Well the Barra season is over in Queensland for another year although there are some exceptions outside of our tidal waters. I have included below some information you may find interesting regarding the closed season and places you can still fish for the Barramundi.

Lots of people probably fish for species other than Barra but if you primarily target them what do you do now til the season opens again? Do you stay home for a couple of months and catch up on those jobs around the house? Do you still go fishing but target other species? Do you use this time to explore new ground or try new techniques? Or do you take the time to service your gear - reels, boat, motor etc.

For me I will be doing exactly the same thing, what I really love......making lures for you. I have been making more of the custom lures in the past couple of weeks. The Pug Poppers which will include my first batch of Pencil Poppers. The Pug Pencil Poppers have a body length of 175mm and weigh 50 grams including the weight I have put in the tail. They can be used for Kingfish, Queenies, Tailor and Mackerel. I have also made another batch of the Danes (deep to 40 feet/13 metres) and I am still working on the short legged variety!  Now to get them painted and finished off to go to their new homes.

Barramundi - closed season in Queensland

Throughout the Queensland east coast a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February, except in and from waterways upstream of:

  • Aplins Weir (also includes Black Weir and Gleeson Weir)
  • Awoonga
  • Ben Anderson Barrage (also includes Paradise Dam, Claude Wharton Weir, Jones Weir and Wuruma Dam)
  • Burdekin Falls
  • Callide
  • Eungella
  • Fairbairn
  • Fred Haigh (Lake Monduran)
  • Kinchant
  • Koombooloomba
  • Lenthalls
  • Peter Faust
  • Teemburra
  • Tinaroo
  • Wuruma Dams
  • Lake Fred Tritton
  • Lake Gregory (Isis Balancing Storage)
  • Lake Morris (Copperlode Falls Dam)
  • East Leichhardt Dam and Belmore
  • Corella
  • Julius and Moondarra Lakes.

The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi is from midday 7 October to midday 1 February (possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).

These closures do not apply in East Leichhardt Dam and Belmore, Corella, Julius, Fred Tritton and Moondarra lakes, and to waterways upstream of these impoundments.

A take and possession limit of one barramundi applies during the closed season in all of the 18 lakes and dams mentioned above. The barramundi may be greater than 120 cm. Recreational fishers may continue to fish in the 18 dams and lakes once they have reached their limit of one barramundi.

Outside of the closed season, in the 18 dams and lakes mentioned above, a take and possession limit of five applies to barramundi that may include one barramundi greater than 120 cm.

It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent fish from spawning.

All recreational fishers over 18 years wanting to fish in one of the 63 prescribed stocked impoundments across Queensland must have a permit.

Permit fees have been fixed for the next five years and cost:

  • $50 annual permit      
  • $36 annual concession permit      
  • $10 weekly permit      

Fishers who hold an existing paper permit can continue to use it for freshwater fishing until the expiry date.

Australia Post will manage the sale of permits which can be purchased online, over the phone or at Australia Post outlets and sub-agents.

To buy a digital permit, go online or phone 1300 575 359.

For more information on the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme or contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23.

This information is courtesty of the Qld Govt - Argiculture and Fisheries website: www.daf.qld.gov.au 

Keep reading to read Puppy Preschool with Brett Knowles and with your young pups. Cheers


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