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Estuary fishing hot, but we need the rain
  |  First Published: January 2016



The road into Stanage is still dirt, so please remember to drive to the current conditions, and remain on the legal side of the road, not in the middle. The road is mostly unfenced with stock and wildlife roaming freely, so please slow down and take in the views of this beautiful land we love.

The Estuary

Thirsty Sound has been on fire with beautiful black jew, with scatterings of blue salmon, threadfin salmon, cod, grunter and golden snapper.

As far as muddies go, we need rain, so please pray for us. We are no different to farmers, only we harvest the primary produce, called wild caught seafood.

The Reef and Islands

Over the past eight weeks (yes, I have been away for my annual break so I can smile at you again) the reef and islands in between the strong winds, big tides and sharks chewing at the reefies, have been working as per usual with nice red emperor, small and large mouth nannygai, grassy sweetlip and coral trout with scales of red-throat emperor, Spaniards, greys and schoolies thrown in. 

Stanage really is a part of the world where we get an overlap of northern and southern species, making this area all the more exciting to fish. Our waters still look like the tropical paradise they are repute to be, especially with our pure, pristine water from the Coral Sea.

I still have accommodation available in 2016. I have in stock the 2016 tidebooks and the Stanage Bay Coastguard, which have the Stanage tides for the first time ever thanks to Matt, at Charts & Maps in Cairns. You can also bring a healthy donation for them when visiting and I will give you one of their 2016 tide/calendar/fish I.D. info charts or simply send a donation via snail mail. They do a good job and have limited locals to raise the necessary funds to keep it functioning at 100%.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Remember the latest fishing reports are on www.fishingmonthly.com.au and for queries on Stanage Bay fishing, call me on (07) 4937 3145.

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