May for reef and muddies
  |  First Published: May 2014

This month we have had a bit of nice rain for a few good days of reef fishing and good quality muddies.

Not too many new boats came into Stanage so once again the islands and reef were spared. However, Long Island, especially the western side, was hit hard for the monster muddies and threadfin. The few visitors that had persistence, patience, and passion were rewarded with an awesome happy holiday.

Between Quail Island and Long Island was a very popular spot for the barra, grunter, golden snapper and mangrove jack. It makes you wonder if the rumour that jack and golden snapper are not the best of mates is actually true?

The road is rough but passable, just slow down and take in the views.

The Stanage barra have been working well in our estuary – Thirsty Sound, which all connects to Broad Sound.

The muddies are still potting nicely on the salt flats and deeper creeks with rocks. The rain we have had, 120mm, has filled the tanks, greened the grass and stirred the critters. Make sure you use quality crab pots, ropes and floats and fresh bait.

Off the islands locals have bagged the limits with red emperor, sweeties, nannygai and mackerel off the northern and central islands as the army have been playing their war games at Shoalwater Bay. It won’t be long now for anglers to start fishing on the southern islands.

• If you need any extra info on accommodation or bait and tackle, fuel, alcohol, ice, and boat hire, give Von a call at Stanage Bay Marine & Accommodation 07 4937 3145 and I will do my best to help you with your queries.

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